Pursuing the Xtreme Dream: Go, Diana! Go!

Endurance Swimmer Diana Nyad and Me in Atlanta, Ga., 2007
Endurance Swimmer Diana Nyad and Me in Atlanta, Ga., 2007

As I write this, 61-year-old Diana Nyad is pursuing her Xtreme Dream in an attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. With each stroke the champion endurance swimmer is crossing the Florida Straits and is closer in reaching her dream.

A quick glance at her Twitter account (@diananyad no, she’s not tweeting while swimming) indicates she’s experiencing rough seas right now but still pushing forward. The 103-mile swim is estimated to take 60 hours. She has a team following her with some tasked at zapping the waters to keep sharks away. Several species of sharks are found in waters Nyad is swimming including nurse, lemon, hammerhead, bull, blacktip, and tiger. Yeah, she’s a brave lady.

Tweets from Diana Nyad's Account @diananyad
Tweets from Diana Nyad's Account @diananyad

To celebrate her 30th birthday in 1979, Nyad swam 102.5 miles from Bimini to Florida and set a world record for open-water swimming without a shark cage. What next? She retired from swimming and continued with a successful career in radio. A couple of years ago, Nyad decided to return to the water.

I met Diana Nyad in 2007 when she spoke at a Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Georgia Chapter luncheon my former employer sponsored. She’s a powerful speaker and yeah, she made me a little teary-eyed.

Nyad explained how she took the anger from being sexually abused and focused that energy into her swimming. She discussed the obstacles she overcame and people who believed in her.

She reminded me, and everyone in the arena that day, it won’t be easy but anything is possible.

At 61-years-old, Diana Nyad is attempting to swim 103 miles in shark-infested waters for a world record and achieve her dream. What’s your dream?

Go, Diana! Go!


CNN Map Tracking Diana Nyad’s Swim



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

4 thoughts on “Pursuing the Xtreme Dream: Go, Diana! Go!

  1. GO, Diana you are n NYC OLYMPIC, GOLD MEDAL winner for all those special Olympians, who are in pain because of childhood physical and emotional scars and those who suffer from Auto-immune diseases, who battle to take steps, one in front of another. I always found my core in the water ocean, bay, lake, or public pool. I remember the Saturdays, watching you do wide world of sports and in my latter years, when i suffer a spinal fracture it was in the indoor pool at the corner of Bedford and Metropolitan avenues in Brooklyn, I started off at 10 Yards and swim to they closed the pool at 3 miles Thank You Diane James Cassidy

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