What’s Stopping You?


  Martin Strel had a goal to swim the
Amazon River, but it wasn’t going to just let
  him conquer it without a fight…3,272 miles…
    man-eating aligators…venomnous and life-
     choking snakes…flesh-eating piranhas…
dreaded candiru (a.k.a. toothpick or vampire
  fish) that swim into body orifices to suck
    blood and eat tissue and that can prove
       fatal…menacing bull sharks…strength-
      stealing whirlpools and tidal bores…
    torrential rains…relentless ocean tides…
blistering second-degree sunburns…cramping
   muscles…spiking blood pressure…chronic insomnia…
      debilitating dehydration, nausea and diarrhea…
           wet suit abrasions…ten-percent weight loss…
                 mind-stealing delirium…sunblock-swollen eyes…
                irritating blisters…It was an impossible task.

  Martin Strel hadFOURTEEN a goal to swim the
Amazon River, butWEEKS OFit wasn’t going to just let
  him conquer it witSCOUTINGhout a fight…3,272 miles…
    man-eating aligatFROM STARTors…venomnous and life-
     choking snakes…fTO FINISHlesh-eating piranhas…
dreaded candiru (a.kCOUNSELED.a. toothpick or vampire
  fish) that swim intoWITH A PSYCHO- body orifices to suck
    blood and eat tissTHERAPISTue and that can prove
       fatal…menacing bTRAINED FORull sharks…strength-
      stealing whirlpooMONTHSls and tidal bores…
    torrential rains…reTOSSEDlentless ocean tides…
blistering second-deBUCKETS OFgree sunburns…cramping
   muscles…spiking blCHUM TO THEood pressure…chronic
     
insomnia…debilitaPIRANHASting dehydration, nausea 
          and diarrhea…weSUPPORTEDt suit abrasions…ten-
             percent weight loBY DOCTORSss…mind-stealingdelirium
                …sunblock-swolAND SCIENTISTSlen eyes…irritating
                     blisters…It w50 MILES PER DAYas an 
impossible task.
                       
AND HE MADE IT ON APRIL 7, 2007 AFTER
65 DAYS. 
                                        HE WAS
52 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME.

(S – Associated Press, “Slovenian Ends Amazon Swim After 65 Days,” 4/7/07)

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