Baby Boomer Swimmer Makes Headlines
Over the hill. While many people consider that their physical fitness has peaked by the time they are 50, baby boomers in this day and age are proving they are just getting started at age 50. One case in point: Diana Nyad, who has been called “a baby boomer hero” by CNN.
In September 2013, Nyad made headlines as the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage. The 64-year-old endurance swimmer trained for almost four years for the swim and tried four times before her fifth and final attempt to accomplish her goal of almost 53 hours of non-stop swimming.
Nyad’s first attempt at the swim was at age 29.
“You have a dream 35 years ago — doesn’t come to fruition, but you move on with life. But it’s somewhere back there. Then you turn 60…and you’re looking for something. And the dream comes walking out of your imagination,” Nyad said in an interview with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Equipped with materials to prevent jellyfish stings, and a team of 35 divers to look out for sharks, Nyad achieved her life goal. Since accomplishing her historic swim, Nyad has set up the Nyad Swim for Relief event that raises funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy who are still homeless from the storm.
“You are never too old to chase your dreams,” she said.
Nyad is an inspiration for baby boomers who are living the good life after retirement, like Trilogy at Redmond Ridge resident Lyle Hanson. Growing up on the Cascade Mountail trails of Washington, Lyle became interested in walking, and later joined the Prevention Walking Club. As he grew more interested in walking, Lyle set a goal of walking around the world by walking 50,000 miles in his lifetime. Lyle credits the beautiful trails at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge for helping him reach almost 40,000 miles this year.
“To me, that’s a worthy quest – twice around the Earth at the equator,” said Lyle. “Now at age 76, I hope to reach that milestone by age 81. After returning home from a 60 year absence, after using Trilogy trails to reach my goal, after all that … I’d say it’s PARTY TIME!”