Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old U.S. endurance swimmer, finally completed her historic Havana to Key West swim on her fifth attempt, 35 years after her first try. Diana walked onshore in Key West, Fla., Monday afternoon just before 2 p.m. EST. Nyad left Havana, Cuba about 53 hours ago on Saturday, when she jumped from a seawall at the Hemingway Marina, according to ABC News on Sept. 2.
Nyad's historic accomplishment marks her fifth attempt at swimming the daunting 103 mile stretch ocean that makes up the Florida Strait. She first tried the swim back in 1978. Most of her attempts have been thwarted by box jellyfish stings.
Nyad explained in the past that run-ins with the box jellyfish were like something out of science fiction. "You feel like you've been dipped in hot burning oil", she said.
In an early Monday morning blog post, her medical team wrote that Diana’s tongue and lips were badly swollen, causing slurred speech. Her doctors were also concerned about the swimmer's airways, but hadn't intervened.
With only about 6.5 miles left in her history making swim, Nyad was again contacted by her support team, who were concerned that the sexagenarian was cold and in pain.
The latest post on her blog is titled "Party Time". That may come down the road, but it's likely it'll be a while before she'll in the mood to celebrate.