Local swimmers react to Diana Nyad's Cuba to Florida swim
coach calls 64 year old Nyad an inspiration
MUSKEGO-A local swim instructor finds inspiration in Monday's completion of an incredible swim without a shark tank for 64 year old Diana Nyad.
"As a local Masters swim coach through Tri Faster, I find her efforts inspirational. I always say that life begins where you comfort zone ends," Lauren Jensen, PT Head Coach with Tri Faster tells CBS 58 News.
"So many people have fear of failure when it comes to committing to a big goal," Jensen continued, "and then finding the strength within themselves to go for it. But when they do, the sense of accomplishment that they discover is indescribable."
It was around 1 p.m. Milwaukee time on Monday that Nyad finished her 53 hour long swim from Cuba to Florida.
She told cheering crowds when she came ashore, "You're never too old to chase your dream."
This was Nyad's fifth and final attempt.
Sandie Pendleton of the "Klode Kru" Lake Michigan Swim Club on the north shore hopes this will bring about a new appreciation for open water swimming and perhaps encourage others to join their swim club.
Pendleton admits that "the pleasures of swimming in cold water may not be immediately apparent," but he says beginners can often ease into the sport with wet suits.
He says while the quality of water can always be improved, bacterial warnings usually come from shallow water and they swim further out.
"There really are health benefits," he insists.