Next up for Cuba-to-Florida swimmer Diana Nyad? NYC

The 64-year-old endurance swimmer will swim for 48 hours straight to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.

Times Square

Times Square Photograph: Jessica Lin

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad accomplished a nearly lifelong dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida last week, but next month she's set to take on a whole new kind of harsh water: She'll be swimming for 48 hours straight in New York City.

The 64-year-old athlete, who on Monday became the first person to make the 110-mile Havana-to–Key West swim without a protective cage, says she'll hit the Big Apple from October 8 to 10, swimming for two complete days in a specially built pool in Times Square. The feat will be part of a fund-raiser to help raise cash for families who lost homes during Hurricane Sandy.

Post-NYC, Nyad plans to do a simlilar endurance swim in Boston to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and one in Moore, Oklahoma, to help out after this spring's devastating tornado.

And though 48 hours is no quick couple of laps—the Cuba-to-Florida swim took nearly 53 hours—Nyad's looking forward to spending some time in a pool. "I am through with the ocean," she told CNN this week. "Never going to be seasick again! See how happy I look?"

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