Saturday, March 25, 2017

'PEACE 2 London, PEACE on Earth'

I think of the wonderful times we have visited London and was in the exact place of the senseless attack on March 22, 2017 in London.

We must not become 'numb' to the violence.
Thinking and praying for a peaceful world.
We really can ALL get along.
Our hearts go out to our London and World friends.
Good WILL prevail over evil.
This is the swim Amanda and I did in honor and memory of London.
'PEACE 2 London, PEACE on Earth'
PEACE- 750
2= 50    
,-25 (Double arm Backstroke)
=5450 Peaceful yards

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Baby Janet: 5850

Wonderful to celebrate Janet's Birthday and the 1st day of Spring.

Spring Baby Janet

725 w/u (3/20/1959: Janet's Birth date)   

G- 175

125+200 (5+8: 58 years)


125+225 (5+9: going into 59th year)


375 c/d (3/20/2017: today's date)

= 5850 Happy Birthday yards

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Happy birthday Amanda Rossolimo

Happy birthday Amanda Rossolimo
Fun workout... lots of A's
875 w/u (3.9.1976)
A-25 (no breathing wall to line, drill line to wall
4 x 100 (1:40) plus a 25 breaststroke (Amanda's favorite)

M-325 (1st and last 25 drill
4 x 25 plus 100 fast
4 x 100 plus 25 breaststroke
4 x 25 plus 50 fast
D-100 (IM.. that was fun)
4 x 100 plus 25 breaststroke
4 x 25 plus 100
550 c/d (3.9.2017)
= 4100 happy Birthday yards

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Angels With The White Helmets

Angels With 'The White Helmets'
Google: The White Helmets and you see who I taking about...
When the bombs rain down, the Syrian Civil Defense rushes in. In a place where public services no longer function these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need - regardless of their religion or politics. Known as the White Helmets these volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth. After five years of war, over 400,000 Syrians have been killed and millions have fled their homes. In areas out of regime control, those who remain rely on a group of volunteers dedicated to saving anyone in need. They search for survivors among the wreckage as bombs continue to fall...
The 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation’s civil war, “The White Helmets,” that has been nominated for an Academy Award has been barred from attending.
2 days of swimming...
T=500 H=200 E=125
A=25 N=350 G=175 E=125 L=300 S=475
W=575 I=225 T=500 H=200
T=500 H=200 E=125
W=575 H=200 I=225 T=500 E=125
H=200 E=125 L=300 M=325 E=125 T=500 S=475
=7450 yards
Day 2= Swim for PEACE
P= 400
750 Buoy (PEACE=750)
E= 125
750 Swim
A= 25
750 Paddles
C= 75
750 Swim (3 sec. rest 25,50,75,100,125,125,100,75,50,25)
E= 125 c/d drill
= 3750 Peaceful yards
Peace to all your hearts and minds.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bizarro World... What's Next?

7700 yards of fun and how many of us are feeling, or just a great Seinfeld episode.
Bizarro World... What's Next?
I=225 (odd #'s 1st and last 25 is drill)
Z=650 (long and strong)
...=3 x 25= 1875/4100
X=600 (1st time for this letter)
?=175 c/d= 1750/ 7700

Monday, January 30, 2017

NEWS... Search For the TRUTH

Thank you Amanda Rossolimo for joining me today

Can't help myself with the message.

W/u: 1525 (NEWS)
N=14th letter=350

Search For The Truth
T=500= 1625

NPR= 350+400+450=1200
ABC= 25+50+75=150
NY Times= 350+625+500= 1475
60 Minutes= 150+0+325= 475
BBC= 50+50+75= 175
CNN= 75+350+350= 775
NBC= 350+50+75= 475
CBS= 75+50+475= 600
!= 25

8500 Freedom of Speaking the Truth Yards

PEACE on Earth

Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Kevin and Jane

Happy Birthday to 2 of our favorite Channel friends.
Jane Murphy celebrated a bday yesterday and hubby, King of the Channel, Kevin Murphy celebrated today. We love you both and look forward to celebrating life this you both this late summer, can't wait for that V.Tonic looking over the channel.  

w'u 650 (1/22/1956)
J= 10= 250
2 x 300
A= 1= 25
2 x 300
N= 14= 350
2 x 300
E= 5= 125
375 (1/22/2017)
725 (1/23/1929)
K= 11=275
2 x 200
E= 5= 125
1 x 200
V= 22= 550
1 x 200
I= 9= 225
2 x 200
N= 14=350
400 (1/23/2017)
c/d 275
=7700 Birthday yards

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March

Swim for Women around the World

PEACE= 750
WOMEN= 550/375/325/75/350= 1450

March= 13= 325

End= 5= 125
Violence= 22= 550

Reproductive= 18= 450
Rights= 18= 450

LGBTQIA= 12= 300
Rights= 18= 450

Workers= 23= 575
Rights= 18= 450

Civil= 3= 75
Rights= 18=450

Diability= 4= 100
Rights= 450

Immigration= 9= 225
Rights= 450

Environmental= 5= 125
Justice= 10=250

Human= 8= 200
Rights= 450

PLease= 700=
= 9350 PEACEFUL yards

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Remembering Fort Lauderdale

Sending prayers to the friends and family of the Fort Lauderdale victims. We are thinking of you all in this sad time.
(CNN)Their lives ended suddenly, tragically, in a storm of gunfire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
But those who died in the shooting Friday filled their lives up until that moment with love, ambition and achievement.
One of the five slain victims has not been publicly identified. Here is what we know so far:
Shirley Timmons
Michael Oehme
Terry Andres
Olga Woltering
Cherish everyday you have.
Long warm-up
1100 w/u (**1st 25 of each is drill)
H= 200
O= 375
P= 400
E= 125
975 **
F= 150
O= 375
R= 450
750 **
P= 400
E= 125
A= 25
C= 75
E= 125
Main Set
F= 150
O= 375
R= 450
T= 500 (total= 1475)
5 x 100 (1:30) for those tragically killed
8 x 50 (:50) for the 8 injured
L= 300
A= 25
U= 525
D= 100
E= 125
R= 450
D= 100
A= 25
L= 300
E= 125 (total= 2075)
c/d 425 ( 1/6/2017 add #'s)
= 7700 sad yards

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Saturday Snow Day

Saturday Snow Day
Interesting 7700 with Amanda Rossolimo, the water was cool 82.3, still too warm for me but cool for Amanda, let's just put it this way; Amanda could use some of my insulation.
750 w/u (PEACE)
4 x 125 (100 free/ 25 drill)      
1st set:
S= 19th letter= 475
A= 1= 25
T= 20= 500
U= 21= 525
R= 18= 450
D= 4= 100
A= 1= 25
Y= 25= 625 (2725)
6 x 75 (50 free/ 25 drill)
2nd set:
S= 19= 475
N= 14= 350
O= 15= 375
W= 23= 575 (1775)
4 x 125 (100 free/ 25 drill)
Final set:
D= 4= 100
A= 1= 25
Y= 25= 625 (750)
250 c/d (2+0+1+7)
=7700 snow yards

Thursday, December 15, 2016


P.E.A.C.E 4 A.L.E.P.P.O !
It's just so sad to see the images of the suffering in Syria and around the world.
At this special time of year, let's try to remember the true message... Peace of Earth
P= 16th letter= 400 yards
E= 5= 125
A= 1= 25
C= 3= 75
E= 5= 125
4= 100 fast
A= 1= 25
L= 12= 300
E= 5= 125
P= 16= 400 strong
P= 16= 400 strong
0= 15= 375 c/d
!= 25 easy backstroke
= 2500 PEACEful yards

Monday, December 5, 2016

Happy Birthday Audrey, Jim and Tom

3 wonderful people in my life had birthdays today. 

We'll start with the eldest, Audrey Hamblin, our Mum away from home. 
James Bayles, even crazier than me swimmer, turned 65 
and youngest today, was the Thomas, Tommy Collins, my nephew turned 25, 
wow can you remember those days.
All on December 5, so 12 x 125 sounds good today.
Throw some breath control and drills to HAVE FUN!

w/u 675 (12.5.1936) add #'s for Audrey
4 x 125 (100 free/ 25 drill)
600 (12.5.1951) add #'s for Jim
4 x 125
700 (12.5.1991) add #'s for Tommy
4 x 125
625 (12.5.2016) today's date
= 4100 Triple Birthday yards

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving and Birthday Beth and me

Turkey Birthday Swim (it's not that confusing)

w/u 675 (add #'s 11/24/1963)

5 x 75 (**breath control, alternate every 5 and 3 strokes) <75 3="" is="" my="">
3 x 25 ^^No breathing wall to line, drill to wall
300 (there will be 5 of these for 5 x 300)

5 x 75 ** / 3 x 25 ^^ / 300
5 x 75 ** / 3 x 25 ^^ / 300
5 x 75 ** / 3 x 25 ^^ / 300
5 x 75 ** / 3 x 25 ^^ / 300
5 x 75 ** / 3 x 25 ^^

c/d 425 (add #'s 11/24/2016)
= 5300 Birthday yards
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Helena 17

Happy 17th Birthday Helena, the oldest of the Grand-babies in the MacDonald Family. You are smart, strong and Kind, enjoy everyday and cherish the people in you meet and grow with. We are very proud of you, young lady.
Thanks for the fun #'s today.
w/u 875 (Birth Date: 11/23/1999, add the #'s)
17 x 25 (no breathing wall to line/ drill to wall) 
H = 8th letter= 200
 E = 5 = 125
  L = 12 =300
   E = 5 = 125
    N = 14 = 350
     A = 1 = 25
25 + 175 (breath control) <1 lengths="">
425 pace work
c/d 400 (today's date: 11/23/2016, add #'s)
= 3400 birthday yards
Have a Marvelous day and Year Helena

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy HELLO day

 πŸ˜ŠToday was International HELLO day, thanks for the motivation... who ever invents these days.
*Whenever I'm doing 25's, I ... No Breath to the line, Drill to the wall
Shorty but fun swim. See if can figure out the pattern.
350 w/u (1+1.+2+1.+2+0+1+6=14)
  1 x 25*
   1 x 50 (:45)
    2 x 25
     1 x 50
      2 x 25
       1 x 150 (2:15)

H: 8th letter = 200
E: 5th = 125
L: 12th = 300
L: 12 = 300
O: 13th = 325

1 x 150
  1 x 50
   2 x 50
    1 x 50
     3 x 25
350 c/d date reversed
= 2700 HELLO yards


Monday, November 14, 2016

We are PROUD of you Hillary

I've been away for awhile, life is pretty busy....
I for one, like to post positive messages, so if you didn't want Hillary Clinton for USA President, just scroll down and go onto something else...
..But, for the many friends of mine that share my sadness about the decision last Tuesday, please be positive in the thought that Hillary DID WIN the Popular vote and we should be proud of that. It's not the 1st time that (Old) Electoral College vote has taken away the Presidency from the winner.
Today, Amanda Rossolimo, Terese Karmel and Amy Kalisher honored Hillary with a swim. 
We are very PROUD of you Hillary Clinton.
Warm-up 850 yards
(as of this morning, and it has changed in the past 3 hours: 6+0+9+8+1+1+1+6=34: 60,981,116 votes)
H = 8th letter = 200 (I'm working on breath control)
I = 9 = 225/425
L= 12 = 300/725
L= 12 = 300/1025
A = 1 = 25/1050
R = 18 = 450/1500
Y = 25 = 625/2125
! = 25 Double Arm Backstroke /2250 + the 850 warm-up 
= 3000 yards
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Swim Called

Good morning everyone,
and I will say that loudly, It is a good morning to after the "swim" yesterday.

I will keep this relatively short,
we probably should not have even started the swim in the conditions.

Wind is NOT a swimmers friend, and yesterday Notus, the Greek god of the southern wind was particularly upset at the kayaks and boats🌬🌊

After 4 and 1/2 hours of consistent 2 to 3 foot head-on chop and going into complete darkness, I decided it was unsafe.

Oh, I forgot to mention our boat was taking on water, and eventually I was leading the group, including the boats (that's not the 'normal plan).

My sister Teresa jumped from our boat to the Lake Patrol (who actually told our boat was sinking) and instructed Deb/our boat to get to the nearest marina. Thank goodness for the Octoberfest to help settle their spirits. 

Teresa then jumped into the Swim Director boat, who now was supposed to lead me.

I actually had the easiest and safest position in the water, but then in complete darkness with only 2 lights on my head and with no one was really leading me, I called my swim after lightly being hit by the boat. Making my way up onto the Red pod/Swim Director boat: Bob decided it was unsafe for everyone and called the swim.

So, everyone is safe now, 

The mission will be accomplished at another date.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed (someday)

Thank you for your continued support, interest and friendship,

Marcy (Janet, Deb, Teresa, Leslie and Kassie)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lake George Tracking TODAY

Here we go,

Lake George MarathonSwim. 

Start Saturday: September 17, that's TODAY in the afternoon.

We will be swimming through the night, send light weather thoughts, everyone will be getting water (crew included), just do not want thunderstorms, but that is a low probability, fingers crossed for just light rain.

here's the tracking information, and this should be fun,

Hopefully you will see on the screen all the swimmers, color coded by pod:
I am in the ORANGE pod, we should be starting at 3:30 pm.

SPOT Trackers.

Each team will be issued a GPS tracker. 
Each tracker has a unique URL (web address). 

This is supposed to my personal track if you just want see my track.

Tracking Software

This is really cool: hope this works

The LGM has contracted with the Marathon Swimming Federation's Evan Morrison to collect all the individual GPS tracks into one web page:

CLICK on  

All 27 swimmers/teams will have a symbol on a map. 
Users can mouse over the symbols and a name of the swimmer or team will pop up. 
They will be color coded by pod, We are ORANGE with a different symbol for teams and solos.  
Bookmark this web address and share it with anyone. 
For your friends and family who may be meeting you at the finish, our finish tent will be outfitted with a TV that will be displaying the locations. We are excited, and hopeful, that this will work!

Conditions for Today, Sept. 17

Hey, at least there's no wind against the tide to deal with.

The water is cooling off, and with two cold nights coming up we are estimating a water temperature of about 70F by Saturday night. It was gorgeous, but dark out there this morning at 5 AM!

Winds are forecast to be 6-7 mph out of the south. This is not preferred for a north-south transit, but not enough for us to reverse the course. By Saturday night our beautiful full moon will be obscured by clouds. Temperatures at night will be a balmy 60F. Rain showers are likely during the night. Crew must bring rain gear, warm socks, and a change of clothes; between the breeze and the rain, it will feel cold.

Conditions are not predicted to change much all day Sunday--light southerly winds, a chance of showers, and temperatures above normal in the 70's. There is a "slight chance" of thunderstorms all day on Sunday. There is a higher chance of thunderstorms Sunday night when a cold front pushes out the warm weather. We are watching this but it currently looks like it will be well after our event.

That's it!  

Thank you for continued support and interest.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lake George : Clean Water

Hi everyone,
After a successful April crossing of the beautiful cobalt blue Hawaiian Molokai Channel (with Elizabeth Fry) and a successful 2-person Swim Across the Sound relay (with my twin sister, Beth);

I’m finishing up my 2016 Open Water Swim Season with the
Lake George Marathon.  

This is a long 32 mile lake, so we're planning on another 17 hour-ish swim.
Whether you are an open water swimmer or someone who likes to paddle on a raft, or take a shower with clean water ... we all can benefit from keeping our water clean.
I’m fundraising for the Darrin Freshwater Institute of RPI.            Donation information can be found at:

DFWI is a multidisciplinary environmental research center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute dedicated to understanding the structure and function of aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric systems. Their primary research focus is on the ecological consequences of environmental perturbations due to human activities in the Northeastern United States.

They are doing some pretty interesting studies to keep our water clean.
Come follow us during the swim, all info is on my blog (below): you will be able to track our progress during our night swim into the following day.
Lake George Marathon: September 17, 2016

Thank you for your time and interest.
Have a sparkling summer and Dream, Prepare, Succeed
Love, Peace and Friendship
and THANK YOU, Thank You, thank you.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Thursday, August 18, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS Reeven : 2016 English Channel Crossing

Nathan Boys solo of mind and body….Swim Stories from the “support crew”

Big brother Reeven had a goal to swim.  Little brother Levy agreed to support and swim too.  Reeven is a professional triathlete with open water experience.  Levy is a high school swimmer focused on his long course season championship meet which completed just days before the flight to England.  Levy trained mostly in a 50-meter pool and Reeven competed in open water in the Atlantic.  But both were determined. 

We arrived in England to 5 days of waiting...with phone calls suggesting possible swims followed by aborted trips due to weather.  We met with the chief pilot Michael Oram ... Who took a look at the boys and remarked..."you are way too skinny for a trip...I’ve seen these skinny fast swimmers come and go.  No bloody way you will have success."  We were unprepared and demotivated.

Other professionals around showed before and after photos...most had gained 20 percent of their body
weight.... for fat and warmth.  Reeven gained 6 pounds and levy was a lean, mean long course swimmer.

This psyched everyone out.   We also we learned that our prep in terms of food, food delivery and training was WAY SHORT.  The boat and pilot drive you...the swimmer is responsible for everything else.... nutrition, delivery, motivation, towels, blankets, crew food, etc.  But we had the compassion of Alimpiada Cassidy.  She sorted us out in terms of feeding schedule and delivery.  She gave us critical support, optimism and a new vision for success.

The call came at 8pm…a 3rd time swimmer Anne, an amazing 72-year-old women from Connecticut, was to swim at 4am on Sunday and a slot would open when the boat the pm.  We started to get ready.  Eventually the slot was to leave at 5pm....which meant swimming mostly in the dark.... but Reeven jumped on it.  What to do for support?  There was a support team of one and we were psyched out...a support team of one would not be successful in supporting the swimmer.  Levy made his first sacrifice:  rather than staying back to train and prepare for his own swim, he chose to stay back and be on the boat to support Reeven.  Family support matters.

Then the phone rang again...Levy could swim at 8pm this same Sunday.  This would likely be Levy’s only window as the tide was ending and weather was changing.  But Levy stood firm...resolved to help Reeven realize a dream.

Fast forward:  16 hours to cross and feeding every 30 minutes had Levy prepping food, boiling water on a ship burner and cheering on his brother.  I got seasick 20 minutes out...and was of limited use.  Thanks to Levy....

2 miles from France, Reeven was literally asleep.... he has awake a full day and swam a full night.  What did Levy do?  He jumped in to support his brother on the last 2 miles into France.  Rules for a certified swim are strict:  support cannot be in the water for longer than 1 hour and cannot lead the
competing swimmer from the front.  Levy (un) dressed and jumped.

Reeven was completely out of it...swimming in different directions away from the boat.  He stopped at one point and stared at a shipping vessel...he thought IT was France.  He stopped and marveled a buoy.... thinking it France.  All the way..."swim are doing great.  I will get you there."

Levy emotionally pushed Reeven to the beach in France....victory.  Reeven was dreaming...he was literally asleep...and now had to return to the boat...again Levy was able to negotiate with Reeven....he was not to climb the beach to "go home."  He could not enter the home above the bluffs.... he had to return to the boat.  Levy was the support....

Reeven succeeded in his goal to swim the Channel.  And Levy was a critical part of this mission.  The return boat ride to England was ruff.  The seas turned choppy and our return ride took twice as long as usual.  And this weather will continue through the tide...meaning Levy will not have an opportunity to swim.  Cancelled or delayed swims are quite common...but people sacrificing spots so others can swim....and going to support them...are not common at all.  Reeven and Levy Nathan are the heroes of this story.

Pudding and Porridge may fuel the body and sustained Reeven on his swim to France.  But there is no substitute for the helping mind and body of a younger brother.  Levy swam to France too...he crossed the Channel...albeit not in the traditional fashion of a solo swim.

And along the way...they raised nearly 15k for Keshet…..a school for disabled children.

I am in awe of Reeven's physical and mental toughness....and equally so with Levy's kind heart and selfless love.

Swimming for Homes for the Brave

After spending the past 20 years paddling from Dover to France, it is time to venture into new waters, while helping some special people.
Soon, I will be traveling with my A-team to Scotland to swim the length of the famous Loch Ness.
As always, I try to help a Foundation raise funds and awareness and I thank you for interest and support.
I am deeply troubled with the thought of homeless individuals, especially in our US Veteran population.

That is why I am teaming up with our Connecticut-based “Homes for the Brave”. Can you imagine not having a place to call home?

Here is more information about Homes for the Brave! -Facebook pages –

- Annual Appeal with more information about our financials and programs-

-Check donations can be mailed to the following address:
Homes for the Brave
655 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

- Donations can be made online as well:

Please write “Loch Ness Swim/Marcy” to track your donation.

I will always be dedicating my swimming to all those battling cancer and in the memory of 4 special people in my life. Cancer first hit my family when I was young. My grand-aunt Eleanor Kersavage, passed away with uterine cancer and my Auntie Bea Halchak battled with brain cancer.

On January 1, 2002, our LEHY family lost Nikki Giampolo to bone cancer, just turning 16 years old. Her spirit still lives on in our East Hartford swim team.

In July of 2009, my brother-in-law, Gregory Allen Urban, who passed away, after a valient battle with lung cancer. I can see him now, talking about cars and projects around the house, music and his family.

I know Aunties, Eleanor and Bea, Nikki, Greg and all the angels will help me CUT through all this water this summer.

The St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, based in Bridgeport, CT provides financial support for the needs that Health insurance companies don't cover, in addition to providing affordable cancer screening, wigs, medication and other things to make life easier for those suffering with cancer and their families.

Please make a donation, and thank you.

Online donations can be made at:

or you can send a check through the post to:

Swim Across the Sound
St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Thank you so very much, peace and good health to all.