That's the rule Diana Nyad stated she had this year. Which's specifically what she did

. On Monday, Nyad ended up being the very first individual to swim from Cuba to Florida without a safety cage, prepared her method to a Secret West coastline right before 2 p.m. ET, virtually 53 hrs after delving into the sea in Havana for her 5th shot in 35 years.

Quickly after overcoming the Straits of Florida, the 64-year-old endurance swimmer took a seat with atlanticalover.com Principal Medical Contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

"It's all genuine. It's a fantastic tale. You have a desire 35 years back-- does not involve fulfillment, yet you carry on with life. Yet it's someplace back there. Then you transform 60, and also your mother simply passes away, and also you're searching for something. As well as the desire comes waking out of your creativity," Nyad stated.

The swim had not been very easy.


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AP Photo/J Rub Carter Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, right, as well as her instructor, Bonnie Stoll hug after Nyad strolls onto land Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in Trick West, Fla. after swimming from Cuba. Nyad ended up being the initial individual to swim from Cuba to Florida without the assistance of a shark cage. She got to the coastline right before 2 p.m. EDT, regarding 53 hrs after she started her swim in Havana on Saturday. (AP Photo/J Rub Carter)
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swim" With all the experience I have, specifically in this sea, I never ever understood I would certainly endure the means I did," she claimed. "For 49 hrs the wind simply blew like hell, as well as it was harsh."

At one factor, she was throwing up since she had a lot seawater in her system and also was shuddering. She sang lullabies to assist her loosen up.

"It was actually harsh that very first day, Saturday, after the begin and also I simply claimed: 'Ignore the surface area up. Obtain your hands in somehow, and also with your left hand, claim, press Cuba back, and also press Florida in the direction of you,'" Nyad stated.

Via all of it, she held her rule close: "You do not like it. It's refraining from doing well. Locate a method."

'You are never ever as well old'

Loads of sightseers-- some in watercrafts and also kayaks, several others pitching in the water or standing ashore-- collected to applaud Nyad on as she completed the greater than 100-mile swim.

She pumped her clenched fist as she strolled onto the coastline towards a waiting for paramedic prior to being assisted to a rescue.

"I obtained 3 messages," a worn down as well as pleased Nyad informed press reporters.Her face was inflamed and also sunburnt.

"One is we must never ever, ever before quit. 2 is you never ever are as well old to chase your desires. 3 is it appears like a singular sporting activity, however it's a group," she stated.

The swim was a long-awaited victory for Nyad, that was making her 5th effort considering that 1978 and also her 4th because transforming 60.

The very first 4 shots were noted by gut-wrenching troubles; if the harsh, strength-sapping seas really did not compel her to stop, an hours-long bronchial asthma strike or agonizing as well as disabling jellyfish stings did.

However, for this swim, besides putting on a match suggested to secure her versus her jellyfish bane, she put on an unique mask to stop jellyfish stings to her tongue, a crucial consider her unsuccessful effort in 2015.

Nyad, that was 29 when she initially attempted the swim, claimed recently that she wished to reveal that "you can fantasize at any kind of age."

"This time around, I am 64. So, the years of my life are much shorter throughout," she claimed at a press conference in Havana on Friday. "So this time around I am, right throughout ... mosting likely to think of all those life lessons that turned up throughout the swim."

Exhaustion nearly appeared positioned to thwart her once again very early Monday.

Concerning 7:30 a.m. ET, she was slurring her speech due to a puffy tongue and also lips, her assistance group reported on its web site.

As the group called her around dawn for her very first feeding because twelve o'clock at night, she took longer than typical to get to the assistance watercraft, the record claimed.

Scuba divers swam in advance of her, accumulating jellyfish and also relocating them out of Nyad's course.

Swimmer's obstacle: Cross 103 miles of shark-infested water

When advised Monday early morning to comply with the course that's been removed for her, she blinked her funny bone, responding, "I have actually never ever had the ability to follow it in my life," according to the web site.

'Inform me what your desires are'

Nyad's house stretch adhered to an over night in which she ended up being so chilly, the group really did not quit her for feeding till very first light "in the hopes that swimming would certainly maintain her cozy," the web site claimed.

Every stroke she swam placed her much deeper right into document region. On Sunday evening, she damaged Cent Palfrey's document for the farthest anybody has actually taken care of on the expedition without a shark cage.

In 1997, Australian Susie Maroney finished the swim from within a shark cage. She was 22 at the time.

Nyad laid out from Havana at 8:59 a.m. Saturday with a staff of 35, consisting of scuba divers to look for sharks.

In her very first effort to go across the Straits of Florida in 1978, harsh seas left her damaged, delirious as well as much less than midway towards her objective.

She attempted once more two times in 2011, yet her initiatives finished after an 11-hour bronchial asthma strike as well as jellyfish stings.

In 2014, she deserted an effort regarding midway via after serious jellyfish stings and also a lightning tornado placed her at risk.

Nyad was a swimming experience prior to these efforts. In the 1970s, she won numerous swimming marathons and also was just one of the initial females to swim around the island of Manhattan.

When she initially fantasized concerning swimming throughout the Straits of Florida, she was 8 years old. At the time, Nyad remained in Cuba on a vacation from her residence in Florida in the 1950s, prior to Fidel Castro led a Communist requisition in Cuba and also the nation's connections with the USA soured.

The Los Angeles female had actually stated this was mosting likely to be her last effort.

"I determined, this set whatever occurred, I do not desire that experience once more-- such as now, tonight-- speaking to you regarding the trip deserves every little thing. It is. However I really did not wish to be right here evacuating once more," Nyad informed atlanticalover.com's Gupta.

She demurred when he defined her as a hero yet claimed she wishes she can act as some type of motivation.

"I believe that a great deal of individuals in our nation have actually obtained clinically depressed, pinned in, selected with living lives they do not desire," Nyad claimed.

She proceeded: "I do compose constantly around-- you inform me what your desires are. What are you chasing after? It's possible. Call it."

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atlanticalover.com's Patrick Oppmann from Havana, Cuba, and also John Zarrella and also David Simpson added to this record.