Sunday, July 10, 2016

P.R.I.N.C.E. sadness

Back into the water after the big Kahuna swim, I think the fin is healed.
Unfortunately a memorial swim in honor of 'Prince', another 'so young' death.
I remember being in college and Roger Trujillo, our local computer/music/media guru of the college, introducing us to this new album and artist, still remember the movie "Purple Rain"
900 w/u 6/7/1958: Prince's DOB
P= 16= 400
R= 18= 450
I= 9= 225
N= 14= 350
C= 3= 75
E= 5= 125
400 c/d 4/21/2016: Prince's DOD
... 75 kick
= 3000 Sad yards

Remember DDay

Remembering D-day. June 6, 1944
We have not forgotten your sacrifice.
750 w/o (6.6.1944) add up
3 x 600 (10:00)
1 x 150 (that's 6 lengths) 4 x 50 (:45)
2 x 600. 4 x 50
2 x 150 (2:15) 4 x 50
1 x 600. 4 x 50
3 x 150
C/d 550
= 6600
Thank you to all the WWII. Veterans

49 for Orlando R.I.P.

We are with those in Orlando and have not forgotten Columbine, Aurora, San Bernardino, Brussels, Paris and our own Sandy Hook, these acts of violence affect us all, Good will prevail, violence is weak.
Amanda and I will continue to swim and send our love and prayers to those hurting. You are not alone.
Marcy and Janet, Amanda and Greg. ...
450 w/o (add date: 6.12.2016)
O. 15th letter. 375
4 x 50 (:45)
R. 18. 450
10 x 50 (2- :45, 3- :50)
L. 12. 300
10 x 50
A. 1. 25
10 x 50
N. 14. 350
10 x 50
D. 4. 100
5 x 50
O. 15. 375
25 double arm backstroke

July 4th 2016 with LEHY

Happy 240th Birthday America
I always enjoy starting the 4th of July with my LEHY family,
Every year is a different set of young swimmers to join me, as they get really fast, it's time to move over to the other side of the pool and work more speed, but our our side has its perks, more FUN.
Warm up ( we are in a 50 meter pool, so 1=50m / we were doing 50 free/50 drill...: freestyle) : so 50 (:20 sec. rest)/ 350/ 350/ 300 : so 100/ 50/ 300 (total w/u 1500)
7 x 200 free (started at 4:00, then took off 5 seconds rest; and build speed: #7 should be the strongest)
2 x 400 (# 1: Pull Tube for me: IM for the kids: swim 1/2, drill 1/2)
11 x 100 (Meghan's birthday: alternating paddles and swimming)
Then they got to have fun,
Practice was pretty much over, low attention span  ... why fight it, it's a birthday.
Blessed to have been born in America.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Post swim affects on body

My latest Aqua-adventure/challenge: Ka’iwi Channel

Hawaiian Channel: Molokai’ to O’ahu
Success: April 9-10, 2016 17 hours, 27 minutes, 20 seconds (but who’s counting seconds) Tandem/partner swim with Elizabeth A. Fry

This is one of the most un-predictable swims I have ever done; the shortest distance between the 2 Hawaiian Islands is 26 miles but because of the open water of the Pacific Ocean, creating such intense surf, the beaches are mostly un-sheltered on both sides; the starting and finishing points are not predictable until the day of the swim (safe entry and exit is a key component). Our swim, started at Kapuhi Beach, Molokai’ (9 pm) and we finished at Sandy Beach O’ahu, approximately a 34-mile course. This explains why, there is such a variety of crossing times, and really time matters naught, the goal is to get across.  

My true description of the swim "FUN, HORRIBLE, BEAUTIFUL, SCARY, LONG- so glad it's over "

Day 4

Left hip is improving, but the back of both knees are blistering now. Don'y gross out, it's only fluid from one blister. Good thing we are on slow Molokai time, relaxing not doing much about anything. The

Hawaiian waters at a quiet beach felt so good on my legs. Can't walk very fast and the feet and legs are still holding fluid, my dermatologist is not going to be pleased with me. I still can't bend my knees past 45 degrees, so stairs are real slow, up and down. Sleeping is improving, my back doesn't feel so hot any more.

72 hours and less.

I usually don't harbor on my post-swim "injuries or affects" to ,y body, but this past swim has been interesting, maybe it's because I am getting older, 52 and feeling some different effects...
or maybe it is 180 degree turn in the conditions that is affecting me.

Truly I think it's a little of both,      

Everyone was wondering how I would react to the warm water, well 75 degrees is a very comfortable temperature. So during the swim, especially at night I could float on my back and look at the beautiful sky of more stars than I have even seen and not rush a feed, or waiting to continue didn't even bother me because I was comfy.

Then a past injury popped up, Left side shoulder area, NOT the rotator cuff. I was able to readjust my stroke with switching back to my youthful one-side, left side breathing pattern and with some Ibuprofen (my favorite NSAID) I was able keep both sides/arms going. I really didn't want to get out because Liz and I had made pact, if that would happen, the other swimmer would continue, and I really did not want sit on a boat for at least another 6 hours, let alone 9 which it ended up being,
So, when the sun shone its smiling face, I started to swim on the right side of the kayak and it was pretty good, painful but I could continue at a decent pace..

Next came the heat lamp, the SUN... we had some clouds but as most people know, those ultra-violet rays coming through the clouds are the damaging rays. Now it is impossible to put on any sunscreen when you are in the water, and I LOVE my sunscreen, but if we had put it on at 8 pm the previous night, it wouldn't have any affect, so here we are, swimming along in the beautiful cobalt blue water. Every time I took a breath and turned my face back into the water, that color was mesmerizing, I can understand why stranded sailors would see things in the water, it's hypnotizing,

As we closed into O'ahu, I tried not to look at the island too much, I knew we had much more swimming to do than the GPS was telling us, and with every 45 minute interval (feeding time interval), I knew we were getting closer but I gradually started to feeling the sun biting at my skin.

Forget about the No-see'em jellies and the strands of the Portuguese Man of War Jellies, the burning sun was cooking us, and I and still feeling the effects 72 hours later.

If there is a sunscreen pill out there, then maybe I will consider another tropical/near equator LONG swim, but if there isn't and I can't protect this back and legs, no more 10+ hour in the unprotected sunshine for me.

The 2nd issue I'm dealing with: I have a different perspective today, and insight into my patients, family and friends who have had or are battling lower extremity edema. After the swim, my legs were fine, but as the hours progressed, and I'm positive it was a combination of taking in small amounts of salt water with every breath (every swimmer does, the English Channel is the worse because it's cold water), being in a prone position for over 17 hours (no scientists have even studied these effects), complete exhaust from swimming approximately 34 miles, and being in the unprotected sun for about 8 hours.

I will tell you, I was hydrated, taking in over 800 ml of liquid, 1/2 usually being water every 45 minutes.

So this is what I am battling, severe sunburn, actually sun poisoning. 72 hours later I have many tender areas, especially on my left side, seemed to had gotten the worse beating. Blistering and nerve pain, which I know will gradually decrease,

The lower extremity edema was the most surprising 'condition'. at 48 hours post swim, I couldn't see the dorsal veins and tendons on my feet, I've never seem my ankles and knees swollen this much and with the combo of the burn I was a miserable, uncomfortable mess. I now know how my legs will look, especially the scar on my right leg, will look if I ever have Congestive Heart Failure.

Elevation, rest, lots of water is helping, gradually the burn is deceasing, but sometimes an acute nerve flare-up will occur and a cool shower is the prescription.

More tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ka'iwi Channel... 34 miles

Sorry for the delay, but here it is. Put on some Hawaiian or swimming music.
'a'ohe pu'u ki'eki'e ke ho'a'o 'ia e pi'i
No cliff is so high it cannot be climbed
This one was full of surprises, happy it is over and in the book.
Thank you Elizabeth Fry for the invitation and company.
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Saturday, April 9, 2016

26... Molokai Channel

Aeolus has calmed and it seems he will allow Liz and I to enter the Hawaiian waters and attempt our crossing of the Molokai Channel. The last few days there has... been a treacherous surf and high seas that would prevent any safe adventures in the water. Tonight we begin.

Thanks go out to Janet, Deb and Peg who will be crewing for us (a MOST important piece to these puzzles: support), Ivan, our pilot and guide and our 2 kayakers who I will meet tonight. May we all be safe and comfortable.

Liz Fry and I have a SPOT device.
If you interesting in following our swim across the Molokai (Hawaiian proper: the Kaiwi Channel: 26 miles), click on the below link. I hope this works, keep your fingers crossed.

We plan to start 8pm (Hawaiian time), Saturday, April 9 into Sunday.

Click the link to locate our SPOT.
Just follow this link to see my location updates:

If the link doesn't work, try copying and pasting it to your browser's address bar.

SPOT devices use satellite technology to allow people to share communicate and share GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere in the world.

Thanks for your interest, love and support through the years,
Dream Prepare, Succeed

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In Memory of Pakistan 3.27.2016

Today Amanda Rossilimo and I swam for Pakistan, thinking of everyone there in this most recent senseless tragedy and dreaming of the day that we only do birthday swims. ‪#‎make‬ it stop

Main set:
700 (for the 70+ killed)
P: 400...
A: easy 25
K: 275
I: 225
S: 475
T: 500
A: easy 25
N: 350
(+25= 3000)

In memory of Belgium 3.22.2016

Honor swims for our brothers and sisters in Belgium and all over the world. 2 days, too much sadness.
Today: 7000 yards "UNITY MAKES STRENGTH"
w/u 775 (31 lengths for the 31 lives killed in Brussels)
U= 21st letter= 525
N= 14= 350
I= 9= 225
T= 20= 500
Y= 25= 625

M= 13= 325
A= 1= 25
K= 11= 275
E= 5= 125
S= 19=475

S= 19=475
T= 20= 500
R= 18= 450
E= 5= 125
N= 14= 350
G= 7= 175
T= 20= 500
H= 8= 200 c/d

Yesterday: shorter "PEACE ON EARTH"
4900 yards
w/u 450 (3.24.2016, add #'s= 18)

P= 16= 400
E= 5= 125
A= 1 = 25
C= 3= 75
E= 5= 125
3 x 50 (:50) / 2 x 100 (1:35) / 4 x 50

O= 15= 375
N= 14= 350
2 x 25 / 1 x 150 / 6 x 75

E= 5= 125
A= 1= 25
R= 18= 450
T= 20= 500
H= 8= 200
c/d 450 ( date #'s again)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Working with the date

A question was posed to me by my niece Franci, "I need a swimming workout because I'm getting bored with swimming a 1/2 hour continuous." I am delighted to hear she has gotten back into the water, she has a little swimming background from her youth.

This is an easy way (may be confusing to you at 1st glance) to make up a workout by using the numbers in the date of today.

example: today is March 22, 2016 or looking at all the numbers 3.22.2016

w/u 400
Swim 3 x 50 (:45)
Paddles 550 (work in drill)
Swim 2 x 50
Pull       550
Swim 2 x 50
Paddles 550
Kick 2 x 25
Pull       550
Swim 150
Paddles 550
Swim 6 x 75 (5 sec. rest)
c/d 400
= 4550 yards

So today, I took all the #'s, added them up, which = 16, so that's 400 yards (I used that for my warm up and cool down distance).
With in that continuous warm up,
1st I did 25 drill/ 50 easy free for the 3... get it 3 lengths = 75 yards    3-22-2016
then       25 drill/ 25 easy free for the 1st 2      3-22-2016
then       25 drill/ 25 easy free for the 2nd 2     3-22-2016
then       25 drill/ 25 free for the 3rd 2              3-22-2016
then       25 kick on back for the 1                    3-22-2016
finish with 25 drill/ 125 free for the 6              3-22-2016
= 400 yards

Now the work out: remember 1 length= a 25, 2 lengths= a 50, 3 lengths = a 75 and so on.


Take the 1st two numbers 3 and 2, this would be 3 x 50 (pick an interval that you get 3-5 seconds rest), so there is 2x2, 2x2, 2x1, 1x6(that's a 150), and 6 (last # of the date) x 3 (1st # of the date) confused yet; easier than you think.

Paddles and Pulling 550 ( 22 lengths is a 550, so that's where the 550 came from)

So that's how I use a date in my workouts, keeps me interested.

Dream, prepare, succeed.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy 57 Janet

Another interesting Birthday swim in honor of Janet. We have been through so many adventures and she has accepted everything (well mostly everything) that goes with a crazy open water swimmer... thank you and Happy birthday and year, my dear partner of over 20+ years, time flies when you're having Fun.

725 w/u (3.20.1959... add the #'s)
3 x 50 (:45)
2 x 25 (***no breathing wall to line then kick on back to wall)...
H= 8th letter= 200
A= 1st= 25 ***above
P= 16= 400
P= 16= 400
Y= 25= 625 (!!!last 25 backstroke: keep below :45 pace)
1 x 225 !!!
9 x 125 !!!
B= 2= 50
D= 4= 100
A= 1= 25 ***
Y= 25= 625 !!!
5 x 225 !!!
J= 10= 250
A= 1= 25 ***
N= 14= 350
E= 5= 125 !!!
T= 20= 500
125 !!!
175 !!!
350 c/d (3.20.2016)
= 7750 Happy Birthday yards

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Happy birthday Joe V

A short but sweet swim in honor of friend,  Joe V., our town clerk of Manchester,  good numbeers 7's and 3's

12021942 (add up 21=525)

7x 300 (odd full with breath control:  breathe every 7th stroke,  every 7th and 3rd lengths)
(Even: #2: 2 x 150, #4: 3 x 100, #6: 6 x 50)

12022015 (add up to 13=325)
2950 yards

Monday, October 12, 2015

HAppy Birthday to you.....

I love birthday workouts, motivation to get through the yards....
Happy birthday the my sister-in-law Dianne Urban (55): Feet are pretty special to me, and you're by water... what a match and Greg Rossolimo (my swimming pal Amanda Rossolimo's hubby, a young 35)... this is my version a super morning swim.

w/u            550 ( lots of drill)
Tube/pull  350 breathe every per 50...
Swim        7 x 50 (:50)
Swim         3 x 100 (1:35)
Tube          550 breathe every per 50
S                7 x 50
S                3 x 100 (1:35)
T               550
S               3 x 100
S               7 x 50
T               550
S               3 x 100
S               7 x 50
T               350 Breathe every per 50
c/d            550 (lots of drill)

= 6050 SCY ... it was a great day

Dream, Prepare, Succeed



Sunday, August 30, 2015

CT Sun: Women of Inspiration

Last night, August 29, 2015, I was honored to join Suzie Whaley and Sarah Gallardo at the CT Sun basketball game. Thank you Connecticut Sun for the recognition and wonderful evening. The half-time presentation  was memorable.

Connecticut Sun To Recognize Inspiring Women

August 25, 2015

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (August 26, 2015) — The Connecticut Sun will honor its 2015 Women of Inspiration, during a pregame reception and halftime ceremony on Saturday, August 29th, when the Sun host the New York Liberty at Mohegan Sun Arena at 7 p.m.
This year’s recipients are Marcy MacDonald, Sarah Gallardo and Suzy Whaley, who will receive the Margo Dydek Award.
“This event is one of the highlights of our summer,” Connecticut Sun vice president and general manager Chris Sienko said. “We are excited to honor three truly amazing women, who engage, challenge and inspire every day. They are wonderful role models, and we feel privileged that they have agreed to be a part of this special night.”
The centerpiece of the Inspiring Women Program, the Margo Dydek Award is named in honor of the former Connecticut Sun All Star who died unexpectedly at the age of 37 on May 27, 2011. Dydek was an accomplished professional who finished her WNBA career as the career leader in blocks, but she was better known for a warm and open spirit that endeared her to so many women’s basketball fans around the world.
“To win the Margo Dydek Award is an incredible honor,” said Whaley, the Secretary of the PGA of America. “She was just a fascinating, wonderful young woman who lost her life too soon. She really gave back not only to basketball but to those she surrounded herself with, her community and her team.”
Whaley became the first woman ever elected as an Officer of the PGA of America in 2014. Under the formal progression of offices, she is expected to become PGA President in three years, overseeing the world’s largest sports organization that conducts premier spectator events such as the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup as well as significant philanthropic outreach initiatives and award-winning golf promotions. That is just the latest in a career that has been marked by breakthroughs.

In 2003, Whaley became the first woman to compete in a PGA Tour event – the Greater Hartford Open at the TPC River Highlands – since Babe Zaharias in 1945. That came as a direct result of being the first woman to win a PGA of America Section Championship – the Connecticut PGA Section – in 2002. An accomplished teacher of the game and recognized as a Top 50 instructor by Golf Digest, Whaley will donate the $1,000 she receives from the Connecticut Sun Foundation as the Margo Dydek Award winner to PE2Tee. To find out more about the non-profit organization that helps bring golf to schools by growing the game with children of all backgrounds, visit

Marcy MacDonaldShe might be accustomed to imposing challenges, but even veteran open water swimmer Marcy MacDonald admitted to being a little nervous on her last swim. On August 2nd, MacDonald became the first American to swim the 23-mile length of Loch Ness in Scotland. It took her 11 hours, 59 minutes and 11 seconds, the third fastest solo swim of the Loch.
A podiatrist from Andover who has swam across the English Channel 15 times, the American record, MacDonald had some extra incentive to complete her swim across Loch Ness in 51 degree water. She was raising money for a cause. In this case, it was Homes for the Brave, a Bridgeport-based organization that provides, with emphasis on veterans, the housing and services necessary to help homeless individuals return to productive and meaningful life.
“The last few winters have been really brutal here,” MacDonald said. “I just started thinking about all of the homeless people. I just can’t imagine not having a place to go home to. Or not having a place somewhere warm. And then if you serve our country and are homeless? It just got to me.” It is to Homes for the Brave that MacDonald will donate the $500 she receives from the Connecticut Sun Foundation as a 2015 Connecticut Sun Woman of Inspiration. For more information, visit

Sarah Gallardo A single mother who survived 10 years of domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband before leaving her marriage after the birth of her daughter, Sarah Gallardo has turned her experience into a safe haven for others with the founding of Sarah Speaks Up, a charitable organization that raises awareness about domestic abuse while also seeking to help educate, comfort and empower victims.
“The idea behind Sarah Speaks Up is essentially to speak up about the situation that I had been in,” she explained. “Domestic violence is typically something that people keep to themselves. It’s almost like a secret that you are carrying. For me, I felt like it was something that I had to get out. By speaking my truth, it encouraged other people to do the same thing.”
Gallardo, who is currently studying public relations at Central Connecticut State University, has become a certified domestic violence counselor and has shared her story through a variety of interviews and speaking engagements. She is a dedicated volunteer at the Prudence Crandall Center of New Britain, a full service shelter and counseling center. It was there where she received counseling when she was in the midst of her domestic violence relationship. Now she gives back as a speaker, counselor and advocate.
It is to Sarah Speaks Up (visit for more information) that Gallardo will donate the $500 she receives from the Connecticut Sun Foundation as a 2015 Connecticut Sun Woman of Inspiration.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Quick good bye to Fort Augustus/Loch Ness

Final day in Fort Augustus/Loch Ness, some quick highlights.... and not all about that swim. A beautiful place, not to sweat, relax and meet some really nice sincere people. On to the big city, Edinburgh, on the train, choo, choo....


Thursday, August 6, 2015

My sister Teresa MacDonald Holder was wondering why I was not posting, I just wanting to give you a break from after all that swimming 'stuff'.
We are enjoying the beauty and lovely culture of the Highlands in western Scotland, the quiet and serene mood is a wonderful holiday destination to re-energize.

As a MacDonald, this is a very place for me and Teresa and Margaret Peterson has heritage in the Sinclair clan, Janet is has Eastern European and is having fun watching us.
I'm focused now on the Thistles, saw some Poppies but quickly passed them by.
Tomorrow I see Loch Ness from the ferry.
Enjoy the beauty of your day,


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.