Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old swimmer who broke records and completed a 53 hour swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage, just announced she’s not done yet!
Since breaking records and accomplishing a 35 year goal, and being a seasoned woman of 64 many would expect this long-distance swimmer to begin retirement but Nyad has just announced her latest challenge.
During an interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Tuesday September 3 she shared that she and a group of celebrities would be swimming for 48 hour straight in a custom designed pool for a fundraiser held in New York City October 8-10.
The fundraiser will be for victims of the latest storm Sandy that left many areas within the tri-state severely damaged and in some cases uninhabitable.
"Then we're going to take that pool to the Boston Marathon at the anniversary of that terror attack, and we're going to swim there to help those people recover," she said.
It's "a nice pool with no waves, no jellyfish, no seasickness," Nyad joked. "Those 48 hours should be a piece of cake," she told Bolduan.
As for there being any long-distance, open water goals in Nyad’s future, she sets the record straight during her interview.
"I am through with the ocean," she said on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday. "Never going to be seasick again! See how happy I look?"
Nyad provides some insight on her condition and emotional state since her last long-distance swim.
"Now I'm more like a Clydesdale: I'm a little thicker and stronger – literally stronger, I can lift more weights," Nyad told the AP.
"I feel like I could walk through a brick wall. ... I think I'm truly dead center in the prime of my life at 64."