Speedos are not exactly the outfit of choice given the recent weather across the nation.
However, David Vencl, a Czech free-diver, just broke the record for distance swam under ice. He swam 266 feet beneath the ice and held his breath for 2 minutes and 42 seconds.
He did it all wearing just a speedo and some goggles.
According to CBS News, Vencl was in a quarry northwest of Prague. The water was an estimated 37 degrees. He emerged calmy from the water as though he was exiting a normal swimming pool with normal temperatures.
“It was faster than I expected it. I felt great, after all, I trained a lot. I was under the ice three times for 75 meters (about 246 feet) during my training,” Vencl said.
His swim will be recorded with Guinness World Records after it is formally confirmed. It usually takes eight to 12 weeks to get a confirmation. The previous record was 250 feet by Denmark’s Stig Avall Severinsen in 2017.
“There’s quite a lot of forms we need to confirm and fill out correctly… It looks like it is a world record but because he (free-dive organization representative) couldn’t see me swimming under the ice, he will have to check the video footage and that should confirm it in the upcoming hours,” he said.
Other Ice-Related Guinness World Records
While it is not confirmed yet whether David Vencl has officially set a new world record, the attempt itself is pretty miraculous.
He isn’t the only person to withstand crazy cold temperatures to achieve new world records.
For example, in December 2020 Romain Vandendorpe from France broke the record for longest duration full-body contact with ice. He held contact for two hours and 35 minutes.
Another man, Wim Hof, has the nickname ‘The Iceman” for breaking a number of records related to cold exposure. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, ran a half marathon above the Arctic Circle while barefoot. He also stood in a container covered with ice for more than 112 minutes.
Hof preaches the phrase, “What I am capable of, everybody can learn.” He has learned to control his breathing, heart rate, and even blood circulation to be able to survive through extremely low temperatures for long periods of time.
He has 21 Guinness World Records and works to coach people on controlling their mind to achieve awesome things.
Hof has also shown scientifically that the autonomous nervous system can be willfully influenced, which scientists did not know before.