MIAMI - Diana Nyad is planning to meet with members of the marathon swimming community who are skeptical about her 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, her team said Monday.
Since Nyad finished her swim last week, long-distance swimmers have been debating on social media and in online forums whether the 64-year-old endurance athlete got into or held onto the boat accompanying her. They say she could not have picked up as much speed as she says she did from the fast-moving Gulf Stream current.
"Diana is proud of what she and her team accomplished last week, and she is committed to complete transparency," said Alexandra Crotin, one of Nyad's spokeswomen.
Nyad planned to meet Tuesday with "her peers in the swimming community," Crotin said.
Her navigator and one of the swim's official observers told The Associated Press over the weekend that Nyad swam in favorable currents the entire distance herself without aid.
According to Nyad's team, she finished the swim Sept. 2 after roughly 53 hours in the water, becoming the first to do so without a shark cage. It was her fifth try over the course of more than 30 years.
Nyad's progress was tracked online via GPS - data now fueling speculation that Nyad stopped swimming or received assistance for hours at a time in the middle of the Florida Straits.
Many wonder about a roughly seven-hour stretch when Nyad apparently didn't stop to eat or drink, recalling her 2012 attempt when she got onto the boat for hours during rough weather. Nyad eventually got back into the water to try finishing, but her team was criticized for delaying the release of that information to the public.