Diana Nyad has completed her cage-free, 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. It took her 53 hours. The Chicago Tribune reports:
Nyad, 64, was “really hurting” as she neared her destination of Key West some 48 hours after she set off from Havana, according to blog updates on her website.
“I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean,” she said this morning on her blog. “This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very very glad to be with you. Some on the team are the most intimate friends of my life and some of you I’ve just met. But I’ll tell you something, you’re a special group. You pulled through; you are pros and have a great heart. So let’s get going so we can have a whopping party.”
The marathon swimmer had said this would be her final attempt, this time using a protective silicone mask to better protect her from potentially deadly box jellyfish that forced her to end one of two attempted crossings last year.
Her doctors aboard a support vessel said Nyad’s tongue and lips were swollen causing her speech to be slurred, and raising concern about her breathing, the blog reported. Nyad was also “very cold” and had cancelled scheduled feeding stops overnight “in the hopes that swimming would keep her warm.”
I’m really happy for her; achieving a dream requiring such stamina, and at the age of 64, has got to be immensely fulfilling.
Maybe there’s hope for me yet to fulfill my own dream: climbing Mount Everest.