This woman is really taking the Viking shower to the next level. Instead of just a quick dip in some freezing cold water to start the day — or jolt a hangover away — Lea Marie Galanga got nice and comfortable in an ice bath, for 42 minutes and 20 seconds. That breaks the national record for longest time spent in an ice bath.
The feat was accomplished at the third annual Ice Bathing Championships in Iceland, naturally, which aims to raise awareness about the health benefits of cold-water bathing. Though her bath was a chillingly cold 32°F, she shattered the previous record held by Vilhjálmur Andri Einarsson, who, last year, remained in the ice bath for 20 minutes. Second place this year went to Algirdas Kazulis, who stayed in the bath for 41 minutes, 18 seconds. With just 1 minute and 3 seconds separating him from first place, we imagine that bath must have been pretty unbearable.
Only seven people competed in the contest this year, but the field is wide open for next year — so you’d better start training if you want to throw your hat in the ring (certainly beats running a marathon). You might catch hypothermia a couple of times, but that’s just the price of victory at the Ice Bathing Championships.