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Diana Nyad's extreme-distance loneliness

Diana Nyad's extreme-distance loneliness

Originally Published: July 19, 2011
By Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie

Diana Nyad methodically swims two miles per hour, 15 feet from the boat carrying a half-dozen members of her support crew, for nine hours straight. Loneliness may not even begin to define her complete isolation.

For nine hours, Nyad doesn't touch a single solid object, won't set foot on anything firm, won't even lay a hand on the boat that accompanies her swim. She comes up for nourishment only every hour and a half (or, sometimes, hour and 45 minutes) and otherwise spends the hours ...

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