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    Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    Holy bejeezus ...

    Diana Nyad: I broke many records in my prime as a long-distance swimmer back in the 1970’s, in my twenties. For my world record—102.5 continuous miles from the Bahamas to Florida in 1979—and other swims, such as breaking the 50-year-old mark for circling Manhattan Island ... Yet my dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida was dashed in 1978, after fighting stiff winds and huge seas for 41hrs, 49 mins, and still not reaching the Florida coast ...

    ... Until a year ago, I hadn’t swum a stroke for 31 years. Swimmer’s burnout gripped me to the point that I could have sworn I would never, ever swim a lap again in my life. But approaching 60 last year threw me into the existential angst of wondering what I had done with my life ... I started swimming a few laps, just to take some pressure off the knees from all the other activities I enjoy.

    My workouts escalated. My motivation started to burn like a fire in my soul. One day I was driving, after a long swim, and I stopped and looked hard in the rearview mirror. And I said to myself: This is one dream I actually could go back and achieve. At 60, I could swim from Cuba to Florida. This time, without a shark cage.
    But first, a little warmup swim ...

    AboutDiana: On July 10th, at the age of 60, legendary open-water swimmer Diana Nyad will attempt to complete her first marathon swim in over 30 years. Nyad's triumphant return to long-distance swimming till take her 50 miles off the Florida Coast to begin a consecutive 24-hour swim through the Gulf Stream's open-water and back to the Florida shoreline, without a shark cage.
    CNN Health: Diana Nyad chases a dream

    Diana's Website

    Wow.

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    Quote Originally Posted by Swimosaur View Post
    Wow.
    Wow is right! But, I must say, I was very intrigued when I heard about this and turned to my husband and said, "I will following THIS swim!"

    I was (and still am) a big fan of Lynn Cox, an OW distance swimmer who broke all sorts of amazing swim records, from swimming up in the Arctic to swimming the English Channel. I grew up on the beach, in Long Beach, California, watching her do her ocean swims and run for miles in the soft sand, when she was just a young teenager and I was a kid. I always admired her and loved the two books she wrote about her experiences. I treasure my autographed copies.

    I remember Diana Nyad, too, because I was on the high school swim team when she was in her prime. I always wondered what happened to her... Now I know and I'm excited! Go Diana!!

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    I hope the sharks leave her alone!!!
    HTFU!

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    fantastic

    'getting to the other shore'

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    She then gets out and goes to swim the LCM 3000 in record time because she's all slicked down with oil!
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    Yay, Diana. My idol. I remember being a young mother with an unsupportive husband and all my dreams on hold, following Diana's fisrt woman around Manhattan swim.

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    On July 10th, at the age of 60, legendary open-water swimmer Diana Nyad will attempt to complete her first marathon swim in over 30 years. Nyad's triumphant return to long-distance swimming till take her 50 miles off the Florida Coast to begin a consecutive 24-hour swim through the Gulf Stream's open-water and back to the Florida shoreline, without a shark cage.
    This morning, from Diana's Twitter Feed:

    Diana has made it! She came on board at 8:19 am ET, exactly 24 hours after entering the water! On land by 9:30 am.
    So far, so good!

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    Diana Nyad was not the first woman around Manhattan. She has extreme dreams and also has dream like claims.

    As head of NYC Swim, the organizer of the Manhattan Island Marathon for the last 17 years, and in the In the interest of historical accuracy, we wanted to correct the record about swims around Manhattan, as some misinformation has circulated as a result of erroneous claims.

    Diana Nyad's 1975 swim around the island was not a first. Rather, it was nearly 60 years after that of the first woman to accomplish the feat, Ida Elinosky in 11 hours, 35 minutes (1916). In the intervening years, more than a half-dozen other women also completed the swim, with Anne Priller (Benoit) dropping the women's record to 9:01 in 1930. Sam Shields set a men's record (8:35) that year as well.

    Nyad's 1975 effort, 45 years after Shields set the record, followed a dry spell, so to speak, when pollution and other factors limited swimming around Manhattan, and her time of 7:57 set the mark for both women and men.. Since then, more than 600 swimmers have circled the island, and the overall record is still held by a woman. Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia set the mark of 5:45:25 in 1995.

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    There has been a flurry of updates recently on Diana's blog. Apparently she and her team are stuck in Key West, waiting for approval from the Cuban government to start the swim. In the meantime, the season for favorable weather is quickly drawing to a close.

    It would be too bad if her efforts were dashed because of some bureaucratic foot-dragging.

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    Personally, I kinda wonder about her sanity. Hope she doesn't kill herself in the attempt.

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    27 Aug. Cuban Visas Approved.

    Swim may happen as early as next week.

    ... from our TEAM meteorologist Dane Clark. Very volatile time of year, hurricanes moving daily across the Atlantic, but also the time when calm seas come in between the storms. Per his email, we may just be looking at a window early to mid week coming.

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    Been expecting this for a while, but missed the announcement last Friday:

    October 15, 2010 -- (CNN) -- Extreme swimmer Diana Nyad has temporarily called off her marathon Cuba-to-Key West swim, citing bad weather and slow progress on government permissions ... She says she will continue to train throughout the winter and make another attempt in July 2011, when the Caribbean waters warm.

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    Yeah, too bad. I think it's great that she's going to persevere and try again next year. I'm rootin' for her.
    I would give up chocolate, but I'm no quitter.

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    Diana Nyad is my hero. She swam Manhattan while I sat in the house listening to the report on the radio. I had two little children and wanted to be there with her.

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    Saturday, August 6, 7 PM

    We are aboard the 75 foot Bellisimo, one of two boats carrying the expedition crew – among them physician Dr. Michael Broder, independent observers from the International Swimming Federation,and handlers experienced in feeding and hydrating Diana during the swim. We are preparing to depart Key West as dusk approaches. Diana and chief handler Bonnie arrived in Cuba today. The atmosphere is electric, anticipatory and even a bit frenzied as last minute equipment is loaded. Lists are being checked, and re-checked. Water, food, everything everyone will need for at least four nights at sea. The plan, right now, is for Diana to begin the swim from a beach near Havana late tomorrow afternoon ...

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    From ESPN-W:
    Diana Nyad's insane training schedule
    http://espn.go.com/espnw/features-pr...ining-schedule

    When Nyad reached out to exercise physiologist Tim Noakes, Ph.D. at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa for advice, he was candid: Despite years of research on endurance swimmers and runners, there wasn't a lot he could tell her. Nyad's event, he said, what she's asking of her body, is as good as off the map. In other words, on paper, it falls under the heading of "not humanly possible."

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    Also from ESPN-W:
    How Diana Nyad fuels her body
    http://espn.go.com/espnw/features-pr...yad-fuels-body

    But staying hydrated -- and properly fueled -- will be of the utmost importance when Nyad sets out on the 60-hour voyage from Cuba. In 1978, when she first tried (and failed) to complete the swim, she lost 29 pounds in not-quite 42 hours of swimming.

    Luckily, we know a lot more now than we did in the 70s.

    "You see pictures of when Diana did this 30 years ago and she'd stop and drink a Coke and eat a piece of cake," said Mark Sollinger, one of Nyad's drivers. "It's come a long way."

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    I'm so excited for her!! Go Diana, GO!!

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    She's off!

    US swimmer Nyad begins swim across Florida Straits

    HAVANA (AP) — American endurance swimmer Diana Nyad jumped into Cuban waters Sunday evening and set off in a bid to become the first person to swim across the Florida Straits without the aid of a shark cage. Tanned and freckled from long hours training in the open seas of the Caribbean, the 61-year-old Nyad expressed confidence before starting off. She said the still air and flat water were perfect conditions for her attempt to make a 103-mile (166-kilometer), 60-hour swim from Havana to the Florida Keys ...

    ... She changed into a black swimsuit and blue swim cap and an assistant greased her shoulders and armpits to prevent chafing in the salty water. Nyad played "Reveille" on a bugle, thanked several dozen well-wishers who came to see her, then jumped feet first into the sea.

    She swam away just before sunset, escorted by kayaks and several larger boats carrying her support team ...
    Godspeed, Diana Nyad!

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