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September 4, 2013

GLYNN: Nyad tried double-crossing of Lake Ontario in '74

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Niagara Gazette — Fast forward to Sept. 2, 2013, and there's Nyad completing the rugged Cuba-to-Florida journey, her tongue and lips swollen so much her speech was slurred. Her face appeared slightly blistered by the special mask she wore to prevent jellyfish stings. As she struggled to walk out of the water, she urged the cheering onlookers on shore: "We should never give up." And she added: "You're never too old to chase your dreams."

When someone asked how she managed to persevere despite the monotony, the suffering. sore muscles, and the monotonous routine, Nyad explained that she performed mental tricks to keep herself going, counting her strokes in English, German, Spanish and French.

And she won that classic mental struggle, she said, by imagining that she was using her left hand to push Cuba backward and her right hand to bring Florida closer.

Now that's what you call an innovative strategy.

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SIGN UP TIME: The History Center in Lockport is planning its fall bus trip on Oct. 19 to several sites in Lackawanna including the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, and lunch at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, a favorite Western New York dining spot since the Hall of Fame wrestler started the business in 1965. The all-day tour cost is $65 for History Center members and $70 for non-members. For more information and reservations, call 434-7433.

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TRIVIA QUIZ: What year was the New York State Lottery legalized? (Answer Sunday).

Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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