Recalling a previous attempt, she talked about hallucinating while looking at a streamer of lights that was meant to show her where her support boat was so that she'd know in what direction to swim at night. She remembers telling Stoll, from the water, that she saw people walking on a yellow brick road, singing "Heigh-Ho."
Stoll responded, "That's where you're going; follow them." Nyad said, drawing laughter.
The people who have followed her efforts closely for years "aren't sports hounds," she told CNN. "... They're human beings who are dealing with their own heartaches and their own obstacles in life, and they want to know how to get through."
Nyad said she represents a commitment never to give up on something "important to your heart -- you look and see what's inside yourself and you find a way."
And her age speaks to baby boomers, she said. "I think people are looking to me to say, 'Hell no, I'm not old.'
"When I'm 90 I'll get in a rocking chair, look at the sunset. But look how my friends who are in their 60s are vibrant, at their intellectual peak -- I'm proving that you can even be at your physical peak at this age."