Monday Motivation: 62-Year-Old Attempts 103-Mile Swim from Cuba
You think your Monday has been exhausting? Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad is currently in the middle of a 103-mile, open-water, swim from Cuba to Florida. If she's successful, she will be the first person to swim the Straits of Florida without a shark cage. Oh, and she'll be 63 on Wednesday--how's that for inspirational?
The 62-year-old made three previous attempts at this swim, including one last summer, where she conquered 41 miles before suffering many dangerous jellyfish stings that forced her to quit. Her fourth try hasn't been without incident. She already faced a nasty storm on Sunday that temporarily blew her off course into jellyfish, which stung her four times. However, according to Diana's blog, she was back on course this morning and had tackled more than 33 miles as of this morning. If she stays on track, she could reach the Florida Keys by Tuesday.
Her impending accomplishment would be just one of several remarkable feats over her lifetime. In the 1970s Diana set a record by swimming around Manhattan (28 miles) in under 8 hours and completed a 102-mile swim from the Bahamas to Florida without a shark cage. You can keep up with Diana's historic attempt by following her on Twitter. We'll definitely be cheering for her from the Fitbie headquarters!
UPDATE: According to Diana's blog, she abandoned her swim Tuesday morning.
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