The distance from the coastlines of Havana, Cuba to shores of Key West, Florida stretch more than 111 miles. The long trek through dangerous waters was a swim that Diana Nyad always dreamed of completing.
Nyad had already completed swims from Bahamas to Florida, and had even swum around the entire island of Manhattan, but this Cuba to Florida swim meant something special to her. She had attempted the swim four previous times over a span of more than 30 years. In 2013, she completed the 111-mile swim in 53 hours – the longest swim of her career.
Although supported by a team of more than 30 people in boats, Nyad never left the water, swimming alone from point A to point B. She constantly credits her team for her successful swim, defying that fact that although she swam solo, she was never alone.
During her training sessions, which would regularly go for hours and hours on end, Nyad would listen to music using FINIS underwater MP3 players to keep her company. Listening music reminded Nyad that she was never alone while swimming. Whether it was the 30 plus person team in the boat beside her during her trek, or John Lennon’s “Imagine” playing on her Duo underwater MP3 player during training, Diana Nyad never swims alone.
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