Diana Nyad Is Ready To Go Again

I am in the best shape of my life. Over the last two years, I have done 14 eight-hour swims, 9 ten-hour swims, 4 fifteen-hour swims, 25 five-hour swims, 18 six-hour swims, 1 twenty-four hour swim, and one 28-hour swim to prepare for this swim.

I am ready. I look at my previous 28-hour swim as a very expensive training swim. At 62 years, I am in the best shape of my life. Ironically, the magical moment has come and the sea is calm now. It will be more calm tonight and the calm will continue over the weekend until Monday. It is still warm, between 86-88 degrees (31ºF) which is what I need. My body, my head, my organisation, I am ready.

But you don’t do this (kind of swim) alone. The shark team, the social media team, the feeding team ready in terms of friendship and adventure.”

Nyad thrilled the Cuban media with her personality, intensity, adrenaline and Spanish. Her bilingual press conference touched on her approach to life, her previous attempts, and her Xtreme Dream.

If I had a healthy body on my last swim…the asthma did me in. 3 hours into my last swim, I had excruciating pain in my right shoulder. But this time, I am not worried about it anymore. I will swim through it. But swimming through 11 hours of asthma was too much. It sucked the life blood out of my muscles.”

Her for force of personality and outlook of life filled the room at the Hemingway Marina clubhouse. Reporters from all over the world, from China and New Zealand to America and Cuba gathered to her the dynamo drill in her mantra.

So what are you going to do with this, our precious life?” she paraphrased author Mary Oliver as she answered the question herself. “I want to be on a high. I want to make the most of my time.” Then she led a cheer with her assembled team on the dock. “Where we going to leave? Cuba. What we going to achieve? Florida. Onward.”

Onward indeed.

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