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- Diana Nyad
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READ Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Å Diana Nyad READ Ô Find a Way Diana Nyad Å 0 READ OneCrisisThe chanting begins in a gentle chorus and grows to an adrenaline fueled frenzy Our voices emanate from the dock at Marina Hemingway in a resounding boom sweeping over the cobblestoned streets of Old Havana wafting across the sea toward faraway US shoresThe Xtreme Dream Team is thirty five strong We are huddled Closest to me in the center is Bonnie And Candace And Mark And John They are my lifelineI yell The cadence falls in Where we swimming FROM They answer CUBA I pump it up a notch Where we swimming TO They escalate FLORIDA We are giddy with faith Our secular version of a religious revival the congregation chanting in a fever We are as one This will be Our Time Our collective passion catapults us into an altered state of zeal Our voices pump through the humid late afternoon of a sultry day in Havana September We are believersThe crew scatters to their respective boats while I return to the hotel room They need to be through customs and waiting for me to swim out of the mouth of Marina Hemingway Harbor in two hoursI go back to the silent rituals Hydrating Yoga Stretches Deep breathing A meditation of calm and focus I am talking to myself very slowly I inhale with one syllable exhale with the next imbuing my brain with the mandates of this possibly impossible endeavor this endeavor that drives my life force Take every minute one at a time Dont be fooled by a perfect sea at any given moment Accept and rise to whatever circumstance presents itself Be in it full tilt your best self Summon your courage your true grit When the body fades dont let negative edges of despair creep in Allowing flecks of negativity leads to a Pandoras box syndrome You cant stop the doubts once you consent to let them seep into your tired weakened brain You must set your will Set it now Let nothing penetrate or cripple itI visualize pulling on a titanium helmet before the first stroke This is my will This strength of mind cannot be diminished We think after our two failures that we know every possible roadblock that can emerge to thwart our journey yet it is truly a vast unfathomably powerful wilderness out there This is a swimmers Mount Everest the great epic ocean endeavor of our blue planet Its never been done Strong swimmers have been uesting across this ocean since No one has made it all the way across unaidedYou can do this You will do this The mantra takes on a rhythm with each breath through the toe touches the shoulder rotations The body is warming loosening The mind is steeling The spirit is reaching its necessary indomitable plateauBonnie and I silent together in the austere Communist Hotel Acuario room go about our business I have a blanket spread out on the floor Neck circles hamstring reaches trunk twists I drink a few ounces of water in between each exercise My robe is ready goggles in one pocket cap in the other Yet I still check to see theyre there neurotically over and over My suit is hanging on a hook next to the robe The surreal feeling is coming on I am ultra aware of the molecules of oxygen traveling with each long sip of air to the bottom of the solar plexus then the carbon dioxide inching back up toward my lips The folds of the robe revealing the words Fearless Nyad across the back appear as a million puffs of fleece and cotton Ive never noticed before The cool water streams down my throat as if drop following individual drop Bonnies voice every few minutes is a steady low register checking in Monosyllables We dont need to talk Its all been said Were readyCandace pays me a soulful last visit Im the lucky one Two lifelong best friends Candaces touch imparts a wave of calm as she lays her hands on my shoulders my neck She is breathing slowly deeply and that makes me take on her rhythm She settles my nerves She heads off to her boat assures me shell be there every stroke of the wayThe golf cart shows up at four forty five pm right on time to take us to the start Bonnie and I sit close Silent We know our friendly driver Jorge He doesnt say a word He understands The significance of the moment is palpable When we come around the corner and see the ocean we share the surge of hope simultaneously and dare to exchange a knowing glance Its flat as glass The reflection of clouds stands still on the surface all the way to the horizon We know better than to imagine we will have sixty hours of this perfection Or thirty Or ten Or two for that matter But for this moment the vision of this calm washes over us like fairy dust magic perhaps an omen for many hours of smooth swimming aheadMy big bear my dear friend El Comodoro Jos Miguel Escrich of Havana and my cherished friend from Mexico Kathy Loretta our Xtreme Dream Cuba Ops Chief are waiting for me at the rocks The start will be a plunge off the boulders that line the mouth of famous Marina Hemingway where Ernest Hemingway him.
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READ Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Å Diana Nyad READ Ô Find a Way Diana Nyad Å 0 READ Hard work after the maddening wait for weather in Key West now the first stroke is under way Its an indescribable reliefI make my way toward Voyagers right starboard side Voyager is my escort boat my navigation boat my Key West training boat my beacon for the nearly twenty nine hours of the last attempt I feel tremendous fondness for this thirty seven foot catamaran at this point My guide My protector She isthan a boat to me Voyager She has a spirit Shes got my back My sturdy seafaring vessel with her surface level transom where Bonnie and my Handlers take such tender care of me Her steering wheel has been reconfigured from center to far starboard now so that Dee Brady and her crew of Drivers can keep an accurate course dictated by our genius Navigator John Bartlett They need both to set the perfect course constantly reconfiguring in small increments per Johns directions and to keep the perfect speed one that neither leaves me behind Voyager nor puts Voyager behind me The Drivers need to concentrate every single minute to position the boat so that I am directly out from Bonnies station Nobody talks to the Drivers except Bartlett and Bonnie and Mark Once I am away from Voyager danger becomeslikely And once I am away from Voyager the shortest route from Havana to Florida is lost Added yards escalate into added miles and the possibly impossible becomes truly impossibleJohns navigation space is at the stern a cabin right above the Handlers low station I can see John head buried in his charts reading his various instruments when I breathe to the left toward the low Handlers transom We occasionally catch each others eyes We exchange looks of solidarity sometimes while Im stroking sometimes while I tread water during the feeding and hydration stops John can talk to Bonnie and her crew right out the navigation cabin window He can jump up onto the deck to talk to Mark Sollinger our Ops Chief and the Drivers and all other crew on boardThe Shark Divers take their sentry positions way up top on the roof The visibility of dark shadows below in the daytime Gulf Stream from up on that roof is as far as half a mile with deep ocean views so they feel confident they can handle any shark well in advance of it poking around close to me Nighttime is a different story We use no lights of any kind at night Lights attract jellyfish and bait fish and then sharks With no moonlight the situation we are facing tonight you literally cannot see your own outstretched hand The Handlers know Im still there twenty one feet to the right of Voyager solely by the slapping of my hands on the surface The only people who actually see me in the pitch black night are the two Kayakers on duty the electronic Shark Shields tethered to the bottoms of their boats The paddler to my right needs to keep that Shield very close to me within three feet in order for it to cast its elliptical field wide enough underwater to be effective Another paddler with another Shield underneath is right behind me alert to stop uickly if I stop uickly These first two are in formation out by Voyager The other four paddlers are back on their mother ship resting and ready to take their next shifts two by twoBonnie has been transported from the start to Voyager and has snuggled into her transom perch by the time I get there I am warning myself over and over not to let this glassy sea seduce me into any fantasies of it lasting very long Im just trying to cruise not push as the early going excitement is making me feel like a million bucks The temptation is to click off some fast miles use this dead calm to push forward while weve got it Push the stroke rate up a bit But a pro knows better One must settle into the pace that is viable for the long haul Draining the body a bit now to coverground while its flat will not serve us well later when every ounce of reserve energy will be called uponPraise for Find a WayThis book is an inspiration The Wall Street JournalIt reads like a gripping thriller Nyad is living proof that as she says you can live out your dreams if you refuse to ever ever give up People Magazine Book of the weekInspiringGood Morning AmericaAstonishing Houston ChronicleOutstanding A masterful memoir A powerful demonstration of whats possible when you dont give up your dreams Christian Science MonitorExciting A life affirming story Milwaukee Journal SentinelNyad is intelligently persuasive The lady shall prevail Publishers Weekly Inspiring reading for anyone who has ever dared to dream the impossible Kirkus ReviewsIn this comprehensive autobiography Nyad offers a fascinating glimpse into her life as a talented and fiercely determined athlete This inspiring tale of overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles to achieve a lifelong dream provides a gripping example of the strength of the human spirit regardless of age Library Journal.Diana Nyad Å 0 READ
READ Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Å Diana Nyad READ Ô Find a Way Diana Nyad Å 0 READ Self fished drank and told bon vivant tales where the Kennedy clan and Sinatras Rat Pack and Mafia dons partied many nights away on luxury yachts before the Revolution of The place shimmers with textured fables which is of course a big part of the allure of this crossing The natural rock wall first buttressed to protect this island country from pirates and invasion has by now kept Cubans in as much as it has kept others out To swim all the way from one nation to another from this particular forbidden land to my home country to fully comprehend the lives of so many Cubans who left this very shore in makeshift rafts in the middle of the night speaks a compelling drama Apolitical as I am its a drama written by impactful events that has always gripped meThis passage considering the powerful Gulf Stream with its attendant eddies and countercurrents the particular dangerous animals lurking beneath is unlike any other hundred mile ocean crossing on Earth Were you to spread out the nautical charts of all the globes euatorial waters those warm enough for a swim of this length you simply couldnt find achallenging hundred miles for a swimmer This stretch Cuba to Florida is where Mother Nature rages We all the Cubans and our Team alike grasp the gravitas of the occasion History extends across the sea before usThe Cuban press corps is lined up in full force their cameras set up in a sweep along the rocks The beautiful royal blue stripes of an oversized Cuban flag stretch strong and proud across the start area Our five boats stand sentry off the rocks along with a number of Cuban boats that will escort us out to international waters twelve miles off the coastAs I step down onto the flat rock area the Team roars Onward Onward Onward Bonnie and I pump our fists toward themBonnie begins the smearing of grease as I get the cap and goggles ready I answer a few polite uestions from the press the lengthy uestions having been handled at the press conference earlier These are simply a few of the How do you feel Are you heartened to see the calm sea in front of you Will this be the last time Fair enough This is my third attempt Will this be the last time Of course this is the last time But I did say that twice beforeThe overwhelming scope of the uest tugs me away from all this immediate activity for a minute I am sixty two years old now no longer the cocky twenty eight year old who stood here all those years ago not so evolved I know only too well what monumental Nature lies out thereThe big picture the Dream still alive after all these years takes over as I look toward that elusive horizon The enormity of it all wells within the outrageously extreme training sessions all the knowledgeable dedicated people who have stuck with me The epic crossing carries profound meaning for them too its not just me We shared heartache on the first two failures the first thirty three years ago and the second only six weeks back both times very difficult to accept on the heels of such mammoth efforts Yet pride swelled in our chests from the bravery we showed the professionalism of the expeditions we put together Its all huge for me right now The panoramic perspective stuns me takes me up and away from these solid rocks Its in my soul this Cuba Swim far and awaythan a mark of athletic endurance This crossing has come to emblemize all I believe in my worldview Reaching stroke after stroke toward this particular horizon is my version of Brownings reaching for heaven The vision of it the planning the training the unwavering belief in the face of overwhelming oddsthis swim demands and defines the person I want to be The person I can admire But the depth of it allits too much for this moment There will be plenty of time on the other side at long last for soulful contemplation Right now I need to take that first stroke to get a rhythm to start the workWe hear of football players pausing in the tunnel before running onto the field for the Super Bowl tennis players waiting for their names to be announced before walking onto the grass for the Wimbledon Championship track stars crouching for the start of the their Olympic sprint final They all talk about their various tricks for calming their screaming nerves their virtual blinders turning their attention inward and away from the outside distractions the thirst to hit that first ball and get to the work they know so well the wisdom to push the grand perspective to the back of their minds I snap back to reality now Im back on the rocks Bonnie is real again I need that first strokeI salute the Team No bugle this time Low key is our MO Bonnie and I hug and say Onward uietly to each other She gives me the nod and I take the leap The real leap The metaphoric leap In the air I say out loud to myself in the French pronunciation Courage After the punishing weeks months years of.