29 Hours is Pretty Xtreme in My Book

Endurance Swimmer Diana Nyad
Endurance Swimmer Diana Nyad

Yesterday I posted about Diana Nyad’s amazing challenge to pursue her Xtreme Dream of being the first person to swim 103-miles from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage. While I wrote, she was somewhere in the Florida Straits at least 22 hours into her incredible journey.

While many of us slept, Nyad was pulled from the water after 29 hours at 12:45 a.m. local time. Although she mentally had the spirit to push forward, Mother Nature blew 5 to 10 knot winds creating less than favorable swimming conditions and her body physically gave up. First her shoulder, then her asthma.

Nyad told those on the boat that pulled her from the water, “It felt like this was my moment. I don’t feel like a failure at all. But we needed a little more luck.”

What have I learned from her swim?

No matter how big or impossible it seems, accept the challenge.
By not accepting, you’ll never know if it can be achieved.

Know when to ask for help.
I’m the first to admit, I hate asking for help as I perceive it as a sign of weakness. Gradually as I age, I realize it’s a sign of strength and wisdom to reach out for help.

Age is a Number
Apparently, “you’re only as old as you feel” is true. Nyad is 61-years-old and attempted to swim 103 miles. I tried swimming just over 1.5 miles and failed. And I’m 20 years younger than she! The woman has guts and determination.

So yeah, 29 hours and halfway to Key West from Cuba is pretty Xtreme in my book. Congratulations, Diana and thank you for your inspiration!

Be sure to check out:
Nyad’s blog (http://diananyad.com/blog)

Tweet from @diananyad "I don't feel like a failure at all."
Tweet from @diananyad “I don’t feel like a failure at all.”






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.

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