Damn, that’s cold.
This obstacle arguably takes the most mental grit of them all. Some athletes use ice baths for recovery, but your muscles aren’t going to be relaxed after a swim in this frigid dumpster. Climb right into the floating iceberg abyss - don’t overthink it. When you’re submerged, find the mental and physical strength to swim through the ice, under a wooden plank and pull yourself out on the other end. You’ll come out feeling like shrink-wrapped leftovers straight out of the freezer. Emphasis on the shrink.
Originally designed to even the playing field for Mudders of all shapes and sizes, this obstacle debuted at Tough Mudder Austin 2011 as a mud pit filled with water and ice. Over the past few seasons, Tough Mudder has honed this design to deliver an intense experience that forces you to fully submerge in the ice bath.
Lots of cold showers.
Morning swims in your local pond/lake.
Tough Mudder Tips
Close your eyes and go for it.
The last thing you want to do is hesitate here. Take a deep breath as you climb into the icy water. Use the center barrier as a guide to pull yourself through to the other side. Move quickly and don’t stop moving - the faster you are the better off you’ll be. It’s like ripping off a bandage: you just gotta do it and get it over with.