Nyad spoke at a Gerontology conference sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana Friday afternoon. The 64-year-old endurance swimmer achieved her lifelong quest to swim from Cuba to Florida on her fifth attempt last year. The grueling 110 mile ocean swim took 53 hours, and she endured hundreds of jellyfish stings.
Nyad shared her inspirational message with USI students - that you should never give up on your dreams.
'You know, they call it the Mt. Everest of the oceans. It's mother nature on steroids out there. So, to wrangle it all... the jelly fish, the sharks, the streams, the eddies, the distance, the nausea, the hallucinations. It's a difficult stretch of ocean. But to believe in it all those years, the truth is, it meant more to me not to give up than it did to actually make it. "
The two day conference held several workshops on healthy aging and fitness.