Olympic level athletics at sub zero temperatures require sacrifices of the body and sometimes the side effects of are down right heinous.
Alex Gregory is a highly decorated professional rower from Great Britain. The five time World Champion and two time Olympic gold medalist is part of a rowing expedition called The Polar Row.
The crew is rowing the waters of the Arctic on a mission to explore the Northern seas, collect environmental data, and raise money for charity.
Rowing in freezing Arctic climates has some truly shocking side effects on the body. Gregory took to social media to share a photograph of his hands after a wet and grueling row.
His swollen, wrinkled hands are genuinely a thing of nightmares.
Twitter reactions to his mangled mitts ranged from comedic to horrified:
Please tell me this isn’t real 😱😱
— Warren Alfie Baker (@AlfieBakerstyle) August 30, 2017
You might as well just throw those hands out and get new ones at this point.
— oldfatmotherfucker (@unemployedfatty) August 31, 2017
Wow! Are you the BFG’s hand twin?
— Jason Eldridge-Pace (@JasPacePZOO) August 30, 2017
My grandpa’s hands look better, and he’s been dead for 4 years!
— Matthew E Fleming (@GlennsNephew) August 30, 2017
Glad you’ve still got hands! You look like a white walker from GoT!
— Will Robins (@Will_Robins) August 31, 2017
Sure, his hands might look like he’s been dead for weeks, but it comes with the territory of being an Arctic trailblazer.