Tom Foreman: What was the scariest moment?
Tori Murden McClure: Probably the first pitch pole. The boat flipped end over end and I was smashed into the very stern of the boat, my six-foot (183 centimeter) frame in a two-foot (61 centimeter) ball, and I couldn't breathe because all the wind was knocked out of me. And I look up and I see ocean everywhere
Tom Foreman: You're not even sure if the boat's gonna come up out of the ocean at that point?
Tori Murden McClure: Right, right, right
Tom Foreman: At times like that, did you say to yourself, I shouldn't be here; I want to be somewhere else? Or did you say, 'This is what I bought in for.'
Tori Murden McClure: Both. Everything all at once. Immediately. I prayed to God for my life. There were moments I said, I'm done, take me now. I can't take any more pain.
Tom Foreman: At those times, did you think, I have a happy, healthy life and what am I doing out here? Is this a death wish? People ask that, don't they?
Tori Murden McClure: They do ask that and I think there are so many things that we learn from exploration, and I mean exploration rather than adventure in the sense of pushing your limits. There are intangible things you get from it. I learn how to be with people by being alone on the ocean and sorting through my thoughts and coming back and being that much more alive.
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