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2011-07-19 10:02 AM
Will be following this avidly. She wanted to do it last year but got stopped because of visa problems. Sheesh.
And for the benefit of "masters athletes" everywhere -- that's what they call us jocks over 35 now -- I quote the following four graphs from the NY Times:
>>This time, armed with better technology and a battered but tough body, she is certain she will make it. "Physically, I am much stronger than I was before, although I was faster in my 20s," said Ms. Nyad, who looks sturdy enough to defy a linebacker. "I feel strong, powerful, and endurance-wise, I'm fit."
Dr. Michael J. Joyner, a professor of anesthesiology and exercise research at the Mayo Clinic, agrees that older athletes, particularly superb ones, do well in endurance sports, because experience and training can offset the need for speed.
At 52, Jeannie Longo still ranks as a top competitive cyclist. Gordie Howe played hockey into his 50s, and Jack LaLanne was 60 when he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf, in San Francisco, for a second time, handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat. Swimming is particularly technique-driven, which will help Ms. Nyad tremendously.
"There are a ton of examples of people in their late 50s and early 60s doing all sorts of wild things," Dr. Joyner said. "If the logistics work out, barring bad storms or currents, it is doable. It's not a sure thing. But it wouldn't be a sure thing if it were Michael Phelps."<<
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