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Pax
08-07-2011, 05:14 PM
Here's big cheers to Diana for giving this a go (http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/07/nyad.swim.motivation/)!! 103 miles from Havana to Key West, a minimum time of 60 hours, and she's 61 years old!!

Go Diana, GO!!!!

KnottedYet
08-07-2011, 05:23 PM
In the NPR interview with her, she was stuck on the words to "Horse with no name" as she swam, and of course NPR played the song as the segue...

Her last name is deeply appropriate. (see what I did there? ;) )

Owlie
08-07-2011, 06:16 PM
In the NPR interview with her, she was stuck on the words to "Horse with no name" as she swam, and of course NPR played the song as the segue...

Her last name is deeply appropriate. (see what I did there? ;) )

I see what you did there. ;) That was actually my thought on seeing the thread title.

Wow. Go Diana!

Pax
08-08-2011, 05:58 AM
Here is a link to the live time map to track her progress: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2011/07/specials/map.diana.nyad/index.html

Pax
08-09-2011, 08:57 AM
She had to stop after 29 hours.

But still; I kept thinking; "I slept all night and she was swimming", "I ate breakfast, went to work, had lunch, kept working, finished my work day; and she's still swimming", "I'm getting ready for bed... and SHE"S STILL SWIMMING". An unbelievable accomplishment.

OakLeaf
08-09-2011, 09:00 AM
I just saw the interview they did with her on CNN. She apparently was having severe asthma attacks, which she'd never before had in the water, for 11 hours. Then she was having shoulder issues as well.

The thing that's kind of sad is that she said she doesn't plan to try again.

Amazing effort in any case.

Trek420
08-09-2011, 09:45 AM
I heard on NPR that she hit unexpectedly high currents which took her off course. With an event this long she'd go through every available source of energy no matter what she eats. When she reaches the end she'd be drawing energy from her muscles, basicly eating them :(

There's no room for error or to go off course and "oh, I'll just swim another 20 miles or so ..."

Amazing effort! :D :) Can we get her here to post to the "Is there anyone here over 60?" thread? Has anyone read her training regime? Astounding.

Pax
08-09-2011, 10:16 AM
... Has anyone read her training regime? Astounding.

I'm an old time open water swimmer... and I couldn't have touched her workouts when I was 20, let alone at almost 51!! :eek:

redrhodie
08-09-2011, 01:56 PM
Too bad! I still think she's amazing, and I'm glad she's safe.

BikeDutchess
09-23-2011, 07:09 PM
She's going for it again!
Diana Nyad begins new attempt at swim record (http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/22/diana-nyad-to-attempt-another-cuba-swim/)

Bike Chick
09-24-2011, 05:11 AM
I just read that. I hope she makes it this time.

ehirsch83
09-24-2011, 02:40 PM
I hope she does also! We actually went to the same prep school(granted a few decades a part) but it makes me want to support her even more, not only for being a strong female athlete but for also sharing the same school pride that I do.

OakLeaf
09-25-2011, 06:34 AM
Still swimming as of the last update (http://diananyad.com/blog/). She had to come out of the water last night because of a jellyfish sting to the face - so if she completes the swim, it'll go into the record books as a staged swim rather than non-stop, but it would still be a record.

Go Diana!

Trek420
09-25-2011, 08:20 AM
Go, Diana, go! :D

VeganBikeChick
09-25-2011, 01:10 PM
Looks like she ended her 3rd attempt :(

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20531690,00.html

Tri Girl
09-25-2011, 01:17 PM
that's so disappointing. I suppose this crossing just cannot be made. Too many sea critters and strong currents. Too bad. If anyone could have done it- I would have bet on her!

Just curious- why doesn't she wear a thick neoprene wetsuit like triathletes wear? Seems like that would keep out the stinging critters maybe better?
I don't know anything about ultra endurance swims, tho, so I have no idea.

I truly cannot imagine a 67 mile swim. I mean, HOLY COW!:eek: My longest continuous swim was 3 miles and that felt like an eternity!

tulip
09-25-2011, 01:25 PM
I don't get it. I hope she doesn't try again. I dont understand the point, after two valiant attempts. Human efforts to overcome nature perplex me.

Bike Chick
09-25-2011, 01:38 PM
Too bad :-) I was really cheering for her.

Jolt
09-25-2011, 05:21 PM
Just curious- why doesn't she wear a thick neoprene wetsuit like triathletes wear? Seems like that would keep out the stinging critters maybe better?
I don't know anything about ultra endurance swims, tho, so I have no idea.


I think it has to do with a lot of the ultra endurance swims following English Channel rules which do not allow wetsuits. Speaking of ultra swims, have any of you read "Swimming to Antarctica" by Lynne Cox? Amazing the things she has managed to do! After reading her book I just couldn't bring myself to put on a wetsuit for my ocean swims here...if she could acclimate to the temperatures she did for the length of time she was in there, I could certainly try to manage 60-degree water for 1.5 miles!!

BikeDutchess
12-01-2011, 07:54 PM
Here's a NY Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/magazine/marathon-swimmer-diana-nyad.html?seid=auto&smid=tw-nytimeshealth&pagewanted=all) on her. She's a unique individual.

kacie tri-ing
12-02-2011, 09:12 AM
Fascinating read and a really interesting person.

Though not her--I do get it. Some people want to push new boundaries, and it is amazing in my mind.

I LOVE Lynn Cox's books. I really love them. She is also an incredible athelete!!!

Blueberry
08-19-2012, 03:01 PM
She's trying again! (http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/19/health/diana-nyad-swim/index.html?hpt=hp_t2) I hope she can succeed this time - no one can say she isn't one determined lady!

Tri Girl
08-19-2012, 04:13 PM
Again?!?! Awesome!!! I really, really hope she makes it. I don't know if I would have the fortitude that she does, but I'm so impressed that she's not giving up on her dream!

Catrin
08-20-2012, 04:17 AM
I really hope that she makes it this time, she has gone through so much in her attempts to do this. Hopefully her new suit will help protect her from the jellyfish...

colby
08-20-2012, 07:14 AM
The criticism in the comments of that article is fascinating. Regardless of it "not being the first time" or "being a stunt", it's still an amazing accomplishment and hopefully an inspiration.

Her website: http://www.diananyad.com/

Rough night last night but she's at 33.38 miles. Fingers crossed!

Trek420
08-20-2012, 04:53 PM
46.1 per latest Facebook update.

malkin
08-20-2012, 06:43 PM
I don't get it...

Same here.
But whatever.

lovelygamer
08-20-2012, 06:58 PM
I have been away this weekend, but I follow Diana. This is a personal thing she just needs to do for herself. If you have followed her all along, you know this by now. I hope she makes it this time. She's nearly halfway which is really promising. GO GO GO Diana!!

OakLeaf
08-21-2012, 04:56 AM
She had to abandon again (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/post/diana-nyad-ends-swim-from-cuba-to-florida/2012/08/21/f5de55c2-eb85-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_blog.html?hpid=z3). :( :(

OakLeaf
08-23-2012, 03:03 AM
She reflects (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diana-nyad/the-cuba-swim_b_1823393.html) on her attempts. Very moving piece, and possibly illuminating to some who struggle to understand why she does it.

lovelygamer
08-23-2012, 04:26 AM
:(:(

ClockworkOrange
08-24-2012, 02:39 PM
Wow, utmost respect for this lady.

I was amazed several months back when I swam my first mile, only mentioning this because we are the same age................and that's where the similarity ends. ;)

I just came across the following:

"The world still needs people such as Diana Nyad, people who demonstrate the strength of will by taking the impossible and making it possible. Nyad's straits of Florida are a metaphorical stand-in for any number of challenges that people believe they'll never overcome. Her refusal to quit inspires others to press forward. In an era where few mountain summits remained unclimbed, we still need impossible pursuits to reaffirm the indomitability of the human spirit."
The Guardian Newspaper - Friday 24 August 2012

Tri Girl
08-25-2012, 04:15 PM
She reflects (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diana-nyad/the-cuba-swim_b_1823393.html) on her attempts. Very moving piece, and possibly illuminating to some who struggle to understand why she does it.

LOVED LOVED LOVED this. Thank you for sharing!

This:
"Seize your days. All of them. Be bold. Don't give in to fear. To paraphrase my favorite quote, by Mary Oliver: 'So, what are you going to do with this one, wild and precious life of yours?'"
Going to take this with me from here on out!

BikeDutchess
09-01-2013, 06:32 PM
Wow, and here she goes again.

Thorn
09-02-2013, 04:05 AM
Following the progress....she's looking good http://www.diananyad.com/

To bring this into bicycling, one of the postings on Live Update Guy's Vuelta ticker this morning was



It ain't bike racing, but Diana Nyad is on track to finish her swim from Cuba to Key West today. Swimming 112 miles at age 64 may very well make her the only person in the world who can claim to be tougher than Jensie. Shut Up Arms! (see diananyad.com).

by kryptonite an hour ago

BikeDutchess
09-02-2013, 10:01 AM
Looks like she did it! She's amazing.

OakLeaf
09-02-2013, 01:38 PM
I'm in awe. She must be so happy. Or will be, whenever she's capable of thinking and feeling again, which might be a while ...

ny biker
09-02-2013, 03:21 PM
Truly impressive.

murielalex
09-02-2013, 03:48 PM
So very cool. Talk about never quitting. Just wow. Congrats to her!

Pax
09-05-2013, 07:19 AM
I had the great fortune of meeting her in Cancun and doing a swim clinic, and then again in Key West last summer. She is energetic and wall to wall positive energy.

Way to go Diana!!!

thekarens
09-05-2013, 08:08 AM
I had the great fortune of meeting her in Cancun and doing a swim clinic, and then again in Key West last summer. She is energetic and wall to wall positive energy.

Way to go Diana!!!

Very cool!