Diana Nyad Forced to End 103-Mile Swim
08/09/2011 AT 06:30 AM EDT
"I am not sad. It was absolutely the right call," Nyad, 61, said as she boarded a boat at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Nyad was vomiting when she ended her trip. The previous day she had battled ocean swells, shoulder pain and asthma.
Her decision was further fueled by the strong winds and undesirable currents she encountered, said her team, reports CNN.
Had Nyad completed the stretch, she would have broken her own record of a 102.5 mile swim, which she set from the Bahamas to Florida in 1979. She had previously attempted the Cuba-to-Florida route at age 28, only to fail.
Nyad, whose motto is "60 is the new 40," had said she hopes the feat would help convince other people her age to live active lives.