A Childhood Dream Realized

Courtesy of Endless Pools, Redondo Beach, California.

After decades of fin swimming and professional marathon swimming, Yuko Matsuzaki finally achieved one of her childhood dreams: setting a Guinness World Record. She did it by swimming 24 hours in an Endless Pool in Redondo Beach, California at the WOWSA Ocean Fest.

Matsuzaki explains her motivations, goals, and physical and mental challenges in an interview with Endless Pools (read here).

For example, the 57-year-old Matsuzaki said, “On the mental side, I have two angels that travel with me, one on each shoulder. The Right Angel is telling me, ‘Eight more hours to swim, Yuko.’ The Left Angel is telling me, ‘Your shoulder is sore; you just broke the world record; you can stop now.’ I listened to the Right Angel.

I remember the angels talking to me again at 2 AM. Physically and mentally very, very tired, I just wanted to go to bed. It had been a very long day. I imagined they were my cheerleaders. Same dialogue: The Right Angel is telling me, ‘You broke the record by two hours! Six more hours to swim, Yuko.’ The Left Angel is telling me, ‘You shoulder is sore, you own the world record, you can stop now!’ I listened to the Right Angel
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During the holiday season outside of the pool and open water, Matsuzaki has fun dressing up as the Grinch and entertaining the visitors to the Clarion Inn in Orlando, Florida where she resides.

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