Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: http://bit.ly/MMASurgeEp1 Endurance swimmer and record-holder Diana Nyad had to abandon her 103 mile swim from Cuba to Florida. The agonizing decision was made by the 61-year-old athlete in the early morning hours of Tuesday August 9th, approximately 29 hours into her journey and half way to her destination. Nyad had attempted to become the first person to swim between Cuba and Florida without a shark cage, but ocean swells, shoulder pain and asthma forced her to give up the swim. "I would be lying to say I'm not deeply, deeply disappointed," she told CNN. "This was a big dream, not just of the last two years, but some 30 years when I tried it. The swim was in me," she said, but the conditions were not on her side. Nyad said she took at least 40 inhaler puffs and even took oxygen to help improve her breathing. After the seas kicked up and she was ailing, however, she knew mental toughness alone would not be enough. The lesson that others can take away from her journey is to be your best self, she said. "You have to live your life with passion, you show your will, you feel proud of yourself when you go to bed at night," she said. What do you think? Are you disappointed that she couldn't finish the swim? Or are you proud for her for giving it her best shot? Leave a comment below and let us know. http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/09/nyad.103.mile.swim/index.html http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/08/diana-nyad-forced-to-abandon-cuba-florida-swim-cnn-reports.html http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20089996-10391704.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/diana-nyad-61-ends-attempt-at-record-swim-from-cuba-to-florida/2011/08/09/gIQAuQ6X4I_gallery.html#photo=1
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