And speaking about swimming, when we’reÂ snug in our beds tonight (Sunday night), Diana NyadÂ will beginÂ her swim from Cuba to Florida at 7:00pm Eastern…a distance of 103 miles…in what will be a 60 hour swim….+/-
The short notes are this:
- She’s 61 years old (born August 22, 1949)…turns 62Â in 2 weeks
- the last time that she tried this Cuba-Florida swim was over 30 years ago in 1978 (28 years old)…swimming with a shark cage…she lasted just over 40 hours and didn’t complete it
- a year later, 1979, she swam for 102.5 miles from Bimini in the Bahamas to Florida…longest ocean swim in history without a shark cage…27.5 hours with favorable winds
NyadÂ didnâ€™t swim a single lap for three decades, from 1979-2009. â€œMajorÂ burnout,â€ explains the International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee,Â who kept busy as a journalist, speaker and radio commentator. â€œCouldnâ€™tÂ pay me to get in the water.â€
QuiteÂ a bit has been madeÂ of the factÂ that she’s swimming without a shark cage…both because those that swim inside a shark cage haveÂ an ‘unfair advantage’ because you can ‘draft’ behind the boat and cage setup…but also because of the obvious issue that sharks sometimes take a nibble out of people…she has some high-tech precautionary measures…hope she didn’t read this Wikipedia post…
Diving expert Peter Clarkson, the spokesmanÂ for Shark Shield, was killed by great white sharks off South Australia in February 2011.
and as a backup has some guys besideÂ her in boasts thatÂ are enlisted with saying ‘shoo’ in a loud voice if they see fins in the water 🙂
At age 61, NyadÂ has been describedÂ by her coach as a “swimming machine”, able to swim hour after hour while maintaining a metronomic stroke rate of 54 strokes per minute, which results in a speed of 1.5 miles per hour. This is down, slightly, from her pace of about 60 strokes per minute when she in her 20s.Â Â At her current SOA (speed of advance), the 103 miles from Cuba to Florida will take a minimum of 60 hours. And any significant “push” to the east by the Gulf Stream current could add miles, and hours, to the swim.
Epic stuff…what isÂ it with these Masters athlete’s that just won’t retire to theÂ water aerobics classes and bingo parlorsÂ and call it a day 🙂
Here’s her website:
Her Twitter account for updates: Â http://twitter.com/#!/diananyad
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