“It honestly was tougher than I ever imagined it to be,” the 64-year-old Nyad said as she emerged from the pool at 8:48 a.m. Thursday. “I thought compared to these long, ultra-swims in the ocean this would be somewhat easy and it was a bear.”
Nyad, 64, will attempt to swim for 48 hours in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square.
She swam nonstop for 53 grueling hours, but told her support team that at one point, swimming through the night almost broke her. Almost.
With her lips and tongue swollen, U.S. endurance swimmer and New York City native Diana Nyad completed her attempt to become the first person to swim the treacherous waters from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage on Monday.
The endurance swimmer stroked through the Florida Straits early Monday, trying to accomplish at 61 years old what she failed to do at 28: swim more than 100 miles from Havana to Key West.