New newbies be reading and stuff here; Our heroine had successfully battled her way throuh the pit of snakes, and is moving through the undergrowth armed with only a machete and a pout. Shocked at the shocking state of her, she resolves to do without sugar for 100 days.
And that you all should hear about it, you lottery winning so and so’s.
Now read on…
Wednesday 16th July 2014
So in the pool this morning, I suddenly remembered Diane Nyad. Remember her? She was and is the endurance swimmer who completed the swim from Cuba to Florida, a swim of 100 miles. Here is a little clip to put that into perspective.
Not only was Diane Nyad’s swim extraordinary in of itself, it is also amazing that she kept going. This was her forth attempt at it. Each time she did it, various conditions of the water got in the way. The jellyfish were too much. The sharks were too much. She and her team solved each problem as she went and came back for more. She finally completed the swim about ten months ago. I remember hearing about it and then forgetting about it, as she had tried and failed four times before.
The entire thing was visible online, in that she was tracked by GPS and you could trace it on her website.
There were also updates on Facebook and on Twitter.
I heard about it on Saturday, and when I got into work on Monday she was still at it. Twitter gave more and more excited updates, and on the end of the day, after 53 hours in the water, she came to the shore at Key West. She was dehydrated, but otherwise okay. She was, amazingly, okay. Tired, but okay.
And just one other thing? She was 63 years old at the time.
It does somewhat put things into perspective, I think. Have a good day.