Two Golden Rules of Open Water and/or Marathon Swims

During the recent Diana Nyad swimming circus, and some discussions around the place and online, I went for a swim. And we know what happens out there, don’t we? Yeah, stupid ideas. On the marathonswimmers forum there was an excellent suggestion that we (an unaligned but traditional-rules-following group of marathon swimmers) agree some guidelines for…

Comments on Diana Nyad’s Heat Drip device

I’m writing this because Diana Nyad asked me on Twitter to comment on her blog, after I’d previously commented on Twitter regarding the unveiling of the Heat Drip device being considered for her Cuba to Florida swim. (To be clear, other than that, I have had no contact with Diana Nyad and don’t know her).…

Post Diana Nyad swim

Well, now that it’s over, I just don’t know. After being moved to the boat for medical reasons last night, I kind of lost some interest. If it wasn’t for people wanting to know I would have left it alone. For how long is medical intervention and the swimmer being on the boat allowed? Not…

Sunset on Diana Nyad's swim

Diana Nyad Update – swim over at 40+ hours

Update: After more than 40 hours of swimming and two Portuguese Man-of-War stings, Diana Nyad decided to end her swim today at 11am. But, in unique and characteristic fashion, Nyad decided to complete this day.The medical team said I should not go another two nights in the water and risk additional likely Man-of-War stings which could have…

Updates on Diana Nyad’s swim

I think we all want to see this. Since this swim was such high-profile, once of the prices to be paid, which others with a lesser profile like myself can ignore, is the demand for instant satiation of curiosity. What happened? Hell, my traffic went up 400% on Monday and Tuesday. This was a real…

Diana Nyad abandons Cuba to Florida swim

I don’t usually write anything if a friend of mine has a problem on a long swim. But I know a lot of you came here yesterday looking for the tracker (and I don’t know Diana). Unfortunately Diana Nyad’s swim was abandoned within the last hour 12.15am EST after 29 hours. According to her Twitter, it…