There’s heaps to blog about right now but I’m interrupting our regularly-scheduled programming to laud Diana Nyad for completing one of her lifetime goals of swimming from Cuba to Florida at age 64. Think you’re too old to achieve your physical goals? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate.
You might have read about this on the news but you probably didn’t find this article, which was published at SlowTwitch.com, a triathlete web site.
Diana Nyad’s face was swollen with jellyfish stings and her speech was slurred with the painful toxins from the gelatinous zooplankton and the accumulated fatigue of a 52 hour, 54 minute swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. The victory photo was no Vogue cover shot – it was more like the classic boxing photo of Jersey Joe Walcott’s face being squashed by the fist of Rocky Marciano. Not to forget that this International Swimming Hall of Famer completed this monumental adventure at 64, an age at which many people’s highest ambitions are to retire to the couch, collect social security and play shuffleboard in the sunset of their lives.
More colorful and in depth than your typical wire report, the article talks about her previous attempts (she first tried the swim 35 year ago!) and the history of endurance swimming. If insprired, you can dig further into the feat at her web site, Diananyad.com.
Nyad had three things to tell the raucous crowd that came to witness history. “One, we should never give up,” she said. “Two, you’re never too old to chase your dreams. Three, it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.” Whereupon she was given an IV and taken away for a medical examination.
Happy post-holiday Munday. Hope you’re inspired and have a productive week!