How to Giddyup-and-Go at Any Age

Diana Nyad

Feeling a little sluggish this morning? I don’t blame you. It’s always hard to summon that giddyup-and-go after a long weekend. I stuffed my face full of nachos yesterday and then passed out on the coach like an over-served frat boy for several hours. I’m pretty sure this is not what the government had in mind when it gave me the day off.

I hope you were much more productive than I was. Hell, I hope you were HALF as productive as 64 year-old Diana Nyad who SWAM FROM CUBA TO FLORIDA over the weekend. She made history as the first person ever to do this without a shark cage. Um, what? (She was also one of the first women to swim around the island of Manhattan.)

She first attempted to cross the Straits of Florida – a dream she’d had since she was 8 – in 1978, and has made 4 attempts in the 35 years since. “The first four tries were marked by gut-wrenching setbacks; if the rough, strength-sapping seas didn’t force her to quit, an hours-long asthma attack or paralyzing and excruciating jellyfish stings did.” (Via CNN)

The 103-mile swim – SANS FLIPPERS – took her 53 hours and left her sunburned, disoriented, exhausted, and swollen. But still – 3 hours from the finish line – she tread water for several minutes to thank the 5-boat crew that monitored her safety along the way.

When she finally walked ashore in Key West, Florida, she said, “I have three messages. One is, we should never ever give up. Two is, you never are too old to chase your dreams. And three is, it looks like a solitary sport but it’s a team.” (Via PBS)

I’m feeling pretty guilty about the nachos.

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*Photos Source: Diana Nyad*

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