Choppy Waters: pushing yourself past your limits.

Diana Nyad photographed by Catherine Opie.

Diana Nyad photographed by Catherine Opie.

Here at SwimEars, we are inspired by all things water sports related, but even more fascinating are the people who continue to evolve beyond their comfort zone, by pushing their bodies past their perceived limits.

In 2013, American long distance swimmer, Diana Nyad attempted to swim 110 miles (177 km) from Cuba to Florida for the 5th time and succeeded. She faced many natural dangers from sharks, jellyfish, freezing waters, to excessive exposure to salt, and zero time for sleep. One might argue that the hardest part about a swim like that is protecting your body from natural threats, but we think mental hurdles are just as powerful as mother nature.  The determination to try and fail repeatedly offers one the opportunity to learn from mistakes and do it again and again until IT becomes your best!

Listen to Diana's inspiring story here, on NPR.