Monday, April 14, 2014

Ladder with LEHY Drag

To make the water feel heavier than it is, ALREADY, I add a drag suit.
I've been using one for the past 15 years, sometimes I don't when I'm swimming lots of yards, i.e. January Jam, but on weeks that life gets in the way and fills in the hours I should be swimming, I use a suit, technically it is a men's nylon drag suit but I make it into a skirt, more comfy for me.

This week was a ladder, 35K total. When I'm using paddles, there is lots of drill.

Ladder w/drag week

day1
w/u 650 (25/50/100/50/100/.../25) w/ pull ups

T 500
S 10 x 50 (:45)
T 500
S 10 x 100
T 500
S 10 x 50
T 500


c/u 350
= 5000 SCY

day2
w/u 550 (25/10 x 50 w/pull ups/25 back

Reverse Hans Paddle 750
S 500 (**25/50/75/2 x 100/75/50/25 w/ 5 sec kick at wall)
RP 5 x 50 (:50) + 500
S 5 x 200 (3:00)
RP 250 + 5 x 100 (1:45)
S 500 **
RP 750


c/d 450
= 6000 SCY/ 11000

day3
w/u 700 (75/50/100/50/2 x 100/50/100/50/25) w/ 50 pull ups

Red Large Paddles700
S 10 x 200 (3:10) feeling the drag
Red 700
S 7 x 300 (4:50)
Red 700


c/d 100 w/ 50 dips
= 7000/ 18000

day4
w/u 1600 (w/ 50 pull ups)

Big Black Paddles 2 x 400
S 2 x { 8 x 50 / 4 x 100}
BP 4 x 200
S 2 x { 4 x 100 / 8 x 50}
BP 2 x 400


c/d 800 (w/ 50 dips)
= 8000/ 26000

day5
long w/u 5000
<2x25 x125="" x175....2x475="" x75=""> pull ups and dips at each end


10 x 50
Buoy 1000
4x150 (2:25)/ yellow Pad 3 x 50/ 3 x 150/ Y 4 x 50/ 2 x 150/ Y 3 x 50/ 1 x 150


c/d 500
= 9000 SCY/ 35000
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Special week of 8's and 4's for Mom

Mom (Teresa MacDonald) turned 84 yesterday, 
so my body and mind really could not do 84k and I really wanted to have some fun, if you can call it that.

.. we're getting ready and feeling good for Dover in 10 weeks... Yes!

So here we go for a weeks worth of water.

day1

84 x 100  (1:30) except every 8th was on 1:25 and then 4th 1:35 (recovery)
300 c/d (8+4 lengths=12)

=8700 SCY

day2

w/u 500

2 x 400 (6:00)
28 x 50 (:45)
2 x 400
28 x 50 (11 on :45, 3 on :50)
2 x 400
28 x 50 (3 on :50, 4 on :45, 3 on :50, 8 on :45, 3,4,3)
2 x 400

c/d 500
= 8400 SCY/ 17100

day3

w/u 500

800 (12:00)
8 x 200 (3:00)      4 x 50 (:45)
800
8 x 150 (2:15)      4 x 50
800
8 x 100 (1:30)      4 x 50
800

c/d 500
= 8400 SCY/ 25500

day4 (early work day)

8 x 400 (6:25) <4 and="" are="" back="" drill="" easy="" font="" nbsp="" s="">
= 3200 SCY/ 28700

day5 (fun day with Amanda and John)

w/u 800

400 (6:00)
8 x 50 (:45)
4 x 100 (1:30)
8 x 50
4 x 150 (2:15)
8 x 50
4 x 200 (2:55)
8 x 50 (3 on :50, 1 on :45, 3 on :55, last one)

c/d 400
= 5000 SCY/ 33700

day6  
(short day... happy birthday Mike Oram <67 today="">... my EC pilot for 20 years this June)

600  with drill every 6th length                          
7 x 100 (1:35) odd last 25 is drill; even are swim

= 1300 SCY/ 35000

day7 

Happy 84th Mom (early work at the center today and need to do some pull ups)
    25's can be challenging
(at each end of the pool, do 2 pull ups (deep end) and 2 dips (shallow end)

2 x 25 (*no breathing wall to 1/2 way line)
50 free, breath every 5th and concentrate on a 6 beat kick. 
At the finish end kick 10 sec at the wall before starting the next set of 25's
4 x 25 *
50 free
6 x 25 *
50 free
8 x 25 *
50 free
10 x 25 *
50 free
12 x 25 *
50 free
12 x 25 (** no breathing from mid-pool line to wall)
50 free
10 x 25 **
50 free
8 x 25 **
50 free
6 x 25 **
50 free
4 x 25 **
50 free
2 x 25 **

= 2400 SCY/ 37400 total week yardage = just under 19 Nautical yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Crazy January

January Jam

Mostly no toys and definitely no drag

day 1
January     1 x 600
February    2 x 550
March        3 x 500
April          4 x 450
May           5 x 400
June          6 x 350
July           7 x 300
August       8 x 250
September 9 x 200
October     10 x 150
November  11 x 100
December   12 x 50

= 18,250 SCY


day 2
25, 50, 75, 100, 125 (25 with drill)
700
150, 175, 200, 225, 250
800
275, 300, 325, 350, 375
1000
375, 350, 325, 300, 275
800
250, 225, 200, 175, 150
700
125, 100, 75, 50, 25
easy 50

=10,050 SCY/ 28,300


day 3
1000        1 x100
800          2 x 100
600          3 x 100
400          4 x 100
200          5 x 100

= 4,500 SCY/ 32,800


day 4
2000 warm up
9 x 100 (1:35) 1000
7 x 100 1000
5 x 100 1000
3 x 100 1000
1 x 100 1000
1500 cool down

= 10,000 SCY/ 42,800


day 5
125 (drill)
250 (alternate 25 free/25 drill)
375 (50 free/ 25 drill)
500 (75 free/25 drill)
625 (100 free/25 drill)
750 (125 free/ 25 drill)
875 (150 free/ 25 drill)
1000 (175 free/ 25 drill)
1125 (200 free/ 25 drill)
1250 (225 free/ 25 drill)
1375 (250 free/ 25 drill)
1500 (275 free/ 25 drill)
cool down: 850 (25 dr/ 25 fr/ 25 dr/ 50/ 25 dr/ 75/ 25 dr/ 100/25 dr/75/ 25 dr/50/25 dr/25/25 back)

=10,500 SCY/ 53,300


day6w/u 2250
1000
2 x 500
4 x 250
5 x 200
4 x 250
2 x 500
1000
c/d 850

= 10,100 SCY / 63,400


day 7  
25 drill
2000
25 drill
1750
25 drill
1500
25 drill
1250
25 drill
100
c/d 450

= 8100 SCY / 71,500


day 8
w/u 1500
100 1 x 50
200 2 x 50
300 3 x 50
400 4 x 50
500
4 x 50 400
3 x 50 300
2 x 50 200
1 x 50 100
easy 100 drill

= 5100 SCY / 76,600


day 9
w/u 2300
50/100/150/200/ 5 x 250
500
50/100/150/ 5 x 200
500
50/100/ 5 x 150
500
50/ 5 x 100
500
5 x 50
Easy 50 drill

= 9100 SCY / 85,700


day 10
w/u 1000
100 / 900
200 / 800
300 / 700
400 / 600
c/d 500

= 5500 SCY / 91,200


day 11
w/u 250
5 x 1000 (15:15)
c/d 250

= 5500 SCY / 96,700


day 12 w/u 1500
30 x 50 (2 on :45 / 3 on :50)
700
15 x 100 (1:35)
800
10 x 150 (2:20)
700
5 x 300 (4:40)
c/d 1500

= 11200 SCY / 107,900


day 13
5550 easy with drill and back, all by myself
=5500 SCY / 113,400

day 14
w/u 1500
1000
3 x 100 / 500 / 3 x100
800
3 x 100 / 400 / 3 x100
600
3 x 100 / 300 / 3 x100
400
3 x100 / 200 / 3 x100
200
c/d 800

= 9100 SCY / 122,550


day 15
w/u 2000
200 (3:00) / 4 x 50 (:50) / 200 / 3 x 50 / 200 / 2 x 50 / 200 / 1 x 50 / 200
3 x 500 (7:40)
150 (2:20) /4 x 50 / 150 /3 x 50 / 150 / 2 x 50 / 150 / 1 x 50 / 150
2 x 500
100 (1:35) / 4 x50 / 100 / 3 x50 / 100 / 2 x 50 / 100 / 1 x 50 / 100
1 x 500
10 x 50 (:50)
Easy 100

= 9350 SCY / 131,900


day 16
w/u 1500
10 x 150 (2:20)
800 (12:30)
8 X 150
800
6 X 150
800
4 X 150
800
2 X 150
c/d 300

= 9500 SCY / 141,400


day 17
1250 easy
= 1250 SCY / 142,650


day 18
w/u 2000
5 x 250 (3:45) / 500 (7:30) / 5 x 250
100 drill
5 x 200 (3:00) / 500 / 5 x 200
100 drill
5 x 150 (2:15) / 500 / 5 x150
100 drill
5 x 100 (1:30) / 500 / 5 x100
100 drill
5 x 50 (:45) / 500 / 5 x 50
c/d 600

= 13000 SCY / 155,650


day 19
Day off

day 20

AM

w/u 2750
7 x 700
c/d 2100
= 9750 SCY / 165,400

PM
w/u 125
10 x 100
250 drill
50 / 2 x 100 / 3 x 150 / 4 x 200
c/d 875

= 3750 SCY / 169,150


day 21

w/u 1600
5 x 250 / 4 x 200 / 3 x 150 / 4 x 100 / 5 x 50
easy 50
5 x 200 / 4 x 150 / 3 x 100 / 4 x 50
easy 50
5 x 150 / 4 x 100 / 3 x 50
easy 50
5 x 100 / 4 x 50
easy 50
5 x 50
c/d 200

= 9500 SCY / 178,650


day 22
Snow day

day 23 Happy Birthday Kevin (65) and Jane (58)

10 x 50
20 x 100
19 x 50
25 x 100
19 x 50
20 x 100
10 x 50
c/d 100

= 9500 SCY / 189,500


day 24

w/u 125 (drill)
10 x 50 (:50)
250 (25 swim/25 drill)
5 x 100 (1:30)
375 (50 swim/25 drill)
2 x 250 (3:45)
500 (75 swim/25 drill)
2 x 250
375
5 x 100
250
10 x 50
125
= 5000 SCY / 194,150


day 25

w/u 250
10 x 1250
c/d 250

= 13000 SCY / 207,150


day 26

w/u 125
Pull 1100
Fulcrum 50 : Swim Drill 200
Pad 1200
F 100 : SD 200
Pad 1300
F 150 : SD 200
Pad 1400
F 200 : SD 200
Pad 1300
F 100 : SD 200
Pad 1200
F 100 : SD 200
Pull 1100

= 10625 SCY / 210,725


day 27

 w/u 3000
7 x 50 (:45 / :50)
7 x 100 (1:30 / 1:35)
7 x 150
7 x 200
7 x 150
7 x 100
7 x 50
c/d 500

= 9100 SCY / 219,825


day 28

w/u 1500
8 x 50 (1 on :45, 3 on :50)
8 x 250 (3:45)
8 x 50
6 x 250
8 x 50
4 x 250
8 x 50
2 x 250
8 x 50
c/d 1000

= 9500 / 229,325


day 29

AM
w/u 1750
4 x 400 (6:00)
5 x 50 (:50)
3 x 300 (4:30)
5 x 50
2 x 200 (3:00)
5 x 50
1 x 100
c/d 4000 easy
= 9500 / 238825

PM
1500 w LEHY

= 1500 SCY / 240325


day 30

w/u 1500
700
5 x 100 (1:30)
6 x 50 (:45)
1000
4 x 50
1000
3 x 50
1000
2 x 50
1000
1 x 50
1000
6 x 50
700
easy c/d 1500

= 11000 SCY / 251325


day 31

AM
2100
14 x 25
14 x 50
14 x 75
14 x 100
14 x 125
14 x 100
14 x 75
14 x 50
14 x 25
c/d 150
= 11000 SCY / 262,325

PM with LEHY (final swim... yes!!!)
20 x 350
c/d 850

= 7850 SCY / 270175 ... not too interesting of a number but....


Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Five 5's for Janet

Birthday week for Janet

-all Freestyle swimming, no toys

day1

2 x 375 ***with 10 pull ups in deep end, 10 dips in shallow***
10 x 100 (1:30)
2 x 375 ***
10 x 100
2 x 375 ***
15 x 100
2 x 375 ***
10 x 100
2 x 375 ***
10 x 100
2 x 375
550 cool down
= 10,550 SCY

day2

2 x 550
25 kick on back <14 nbsp="" pull="" ups="">
20 x 100 (1:30) <13 pull="" ups="">
25 kick on back <14 dips="">
2 x 550 <13 dips="">
15 x 100 <12 dips="">
2 x 550 <11 dips="">
25 kick <12 pull-ups="">
20 x 100 <11 pull-ups="">
25 kick
2 x 550
= 10,000 SCY/20,500

day3 Happy birthday Meghan... 27

1000 <25 225="" drill="" swim="">
14 x 50 (2 on :45, 3 on :50)                                  
10 x 100 (1:30)
800 <25 drill="" swim="">
10 x 100
600 <25 125="" drill="" nbsp="" swim="">
15 x 100
400 <25 drill="" nbsp="" swim="">
10 x 100
200 < 25 drill / swim>
10 x 100
13 x 50 **
c/d 150
= 10,000 SCY/ 30,500

day4

warm up 300
20 x 50 (:45)
5 x 25 drill
15 x 50
5 x 25
20 x 50
cool down 300
= 3600 SCY/ 34,150

day5 Happy Birthday Janet... 55

800     10 x 100 (1:30)
700     8 x 100                                    
600     12 x 100
500     7 x 100
400     14 x 100
300     4 x 100
200

= 9,000 SCY/ 43,150

day6

easy 1400 with drill, ready for the final day
= 44,450 SCY


day7
300  <***25 drill/ 50 free>
10 x 100 (1:30)
250 (3:45)
300 ***
9 x 100
50 (:45) / 200 (3:00)
300 ***
8 x 100
2 x 50 / 150 (2:15)
300 ***
7 x 100
3 x 50 / 100 (1:30)
300 ***
6 x 100
4 x 50 (:45)
300 ***
5 x 100
3 x 50 / 100
300 ***
4 x 100
2 x 50 / 150
300 ***
3 x 100
50 / 200
300 ***
2 x 100
250
300 ***
1 x 100
300 ***
+ one push off (= the extra 5 yards)

= 11,005 SCY /

= 55555 Total SCY for the week


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Kevin and Jane...

After searching for a good photo of my 2 Birthday friends,
 a combined workout went better than I thought it would when I took my first few strokes, tender shoulder tendons reminding me of the snow I removed from the driveway yesterday. Everything went better after making a few adjustments for time constraints.

Kevin Murphy and Jane Murphy combine for 123 but not enough time for straight 100's. Kev (65) and Jane (58) yesterday, wonderful thoughts our days in Dover this past August, how much wine did we go through?


 10 x 50 (easy free/ drill) 1:00
 20 x 100 (find a comfy time) 5 sec. rest.
 19 x 50 (2 on :45, 3 on :50)
 25 x 100
 19 x 50
 20 x 100
 10 x 50
 an easy 100 drill for a good year.

 = 9,500 SCY

 Dream, Prepare, Succeed and looking forward to this view in a few months.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jan. 12 = 1/12

Today is January 12, so it came to me while driving to the pool, 11,200 would be a good number to shoot for, get it 1/12.

 Here we go:
 Warm up
 1500 (throw drill, kick and easy back in)      
Thinking of warmer days

 Rest is swimmmmmm.
 30 x 50 (2 on :45, 3 on :50)
 1 x 700
 15 x 100
 (2 on 1:30, 3 on 1:35, 2 on 1:30, 3 on 1:35, 2 on 1:30, 3 on 1:45)
 1 x 800
 10 x 150 (2 on 2:15, 3 on 2:20, 3 on 2:25, 2 on 2:30)
 1 x 700
 5 x 300 (4:45)

 Cool down
 1500 (same as w/u)
 = 11,200 scy = just over 5.5 N. miles

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Weekend 20 plus K

Thank you Amanda Rossolimo for joining me on Saturday, always nice to have the company.
Enjoy the Florida weather, at least for a couple days.

I'm putting these workouts up for those who may need some ideas in training for the channels in the summer. They have worked for me for years.
...
Consistency is the key.

Saturday 1/4/14, 10k

 

2000 w/u, some drill, mostly easy free
9 x 100 (1:35)
1000 (15:30)
7 x 100
1000
5 x 100
1000
3 x 100
1000
1 x 100
1500 c/d

= 10,000 SCY = 5 N. miles
 
Long easy Sunday by myself.
A bit confusing but once you see the pattern, it's not bad.

The main set starts with a 125:
25 Modified Catch-up (breathing to the right)...

25 Catch-up drill
25 Streamline kick on back
25 Modified Catch-up (breath to the left)
25 Backstroke
:07 rest
(now we add some freestyle)

So this is how it looks

125 *
250: (5x: 25 free/*) :07R
375: (5x: 50 free/*) :07R
500: (5x: 75 free/*) :07R
625: (5x: 100 free/*) :07R
750: (5x: 125 free/*) :07R
875: (5x: 150 free/*) :07R
1000: (5x: 175 free/*) :07R
1125: (5x: 200 free/*) :07R
1250: (5x: 225 free/*) :07R
1375: (5x: 250 free/*) :07R
1500: (5x: 275 free/*) = 9,750 yards

Cool down: 750
25 */ 25 free/
25*/ 50 free/
25*/ 75 free/
25*/ 100 free
25 back/ 25 MCU
75 free/ 25*
50 free/ 25*
25 free/ 25 back
= 10,500 yards= 5.25 N. miles

 Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Friday, January 3, 2014

Half snow day... 4,500 yards


Half a snow day, morning out but afternoon short swim.

Not happy with the water at MCC, some chemical is off, I am breaking out in areas I do not want to mention. They better get this fixed or I'm heading the S.H.

Short day, looking forward to my morning routine.   

1000
1 x 100 (1:35)
800
2 x 100
600
3 x 100
400
4 x 100
200
5 x 100
= 4,500 SCY = 2.25 N. miles Dream, Prepare, Succeed

This picture was taken by my young friend, Dan Kinnon, quite accomplished, showing the force of the sea at Dover harbor, and there is a break wall out there too.
Thank you Dan.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Breaking up the lactic acid 10,050 SCY


I hope I'm not boring you, just some long different workouts to break up the yardage we all need to prepare for those big summer swims outdoors.

Today, just working out the lactic acid from yesterday and getting to the next wall.
I hope you understand this.

10,050 yards.                                               

25,50,75,100,125 (**1st 25 drill of choice)
Swim 700
150,175,200,225,250 **
S 800
275,300,325,350,375 **
S 1000
375,350,325,300,275 **
S 800
250,225,200,175,150 **
S 700
125,100,75,50,25 **
easy 50
= 10,050 SCY = 5 nautical miles
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Day swim, 18,200 yards

Haven't done this one for a few year, and now I remember why,
it's a killer workout.
Working through the 12 months of the year.
Being the start of the January Jam, all workouts this month will be without any toys or drag.... just swimming freestyle, I know, boring but someone has to do it....

Don't worry about rest period, 5-10 sec. is fine.

Here we go.
January 1 x 600
February 2 x 550
March 3 x 500
April 4 x 450
May 5 x 400
June 6 x 350
July 7 x 300
August 8 x 250
September 9 x 200 (I think this was the toughest part)
October 10 x 150
November 11 x 100
December 12 x 50



= 18,200 SC yards
= 9,100 nautical miles


Dream, prepare succeed.

This photo is from the way back machine,
my first Polar Bear plunge in Newport, RI ....
way before I started jamming in January.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

EC 3rd Double

 
24 hours condensed to 10 minutes,
wish it had felt like 10 minutes but it did NOT.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me this summer, to reach my 3 swimming goals and fundraising goal, are were accomplished, www.swimacrossthesound.org ....

Janet Galya, for accepting this crazy fish, I love you.

Scott Lautman : so much fun swimming next to at Catalina... super moon rules and thanks for helping me with England, we had blast, in and out of the water.

The Holder Family: Teresa, sister and crew for Catalina and Swim Across the Sound, Charvelle, crew for Catalina, and Kassandra, crew for Swim Across the Sound.

Mike Oram: pilot/navigator for the 13th and 14th time :), big Anniversary next June.

James Willi: youthful piloting eyes in the Channel

Channel Swimming & Pilots Observers: Mike Ball and Lauren Austin


 Liz Fry and Jim Bayles: my Hammonasset swim buddies.

John Lennard, Amanda Rossilimo and Terese Karmel, my January Jam/MCC partners

To everyone in body and spirit, you all are wonderful and special people,
THANK YOU.
Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hartford Courant article: Channel-Crosser Marcy MacDonald A Bit Skeptical About Diana Nyad's Feat

Hi everyone,

they asked, I answered.

I thought you'd like this:
http://fw.to/0A78lWH

Channel-Crosser Marcy MacDonald A Bit Skeptical About Diana Nyad's Feat
Marcy MacDonald has nothing against fellow swimmer Diana Nyad.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Short post-swim 3rd double

After days looking at the weather, Mike found a short window to go.

It wasn't pretty conditions, I have left the channel without any permanent damage (I think), a fantastic jelly sting and some super pectoral girdle soreness,
but I am ready for dinner now.

Thank you so much to my crew, my partner Janet Galya and Seattle friend and Channel swimmer, Scott Lautman, who watched and supplied me with nourishment.
The CS&PF observers, Mike Ball and Laura Austin.
... my pilots, Mike Oram and James Willi. Mike knows me too well as a swimmer, enough to help me to make the turn in France, when I really did not want too, I had no injuries, no reasons not to get out, other than to be able to get into the warm bunk on board, but there was no way I heading back to France for a 3 way in those lumpy seas.

Respect your decisions, and be proud of your accomplishments ( I sure am proud of #13 and 14,

24hr, 16 min.).

More to come, but not tonight, almost zzz time

Dream, prepare, succeed
Marcy

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

We SWIM on August 28, come follow us. :)


Hi everyone,


A BIG Thank you for all your support and interest this past summer, all is well and I'm ready for the...

... Final swim of the 2013 summer season...

The English Channel water (harbor) feels great, either I've acclimated for the temperature through my training or the few extra pounds of insulation I've put on is helping to keep me warm, I think it's a bit of both, and we are in the late season when the temps are the highest around 63 degrees F (17C).

I am hoping to make this a multiple crossing but everything is variable, with the weather, just keep watching the tracker.

Friend and crew member, Scott Lautman will periodically post updates (if possible) on my page and his page.

Mid-day tomorrow, Wednesday August 28th we will start our aqua-adventure.
We meet our pilot Mike Oram at 12:00 noon (GMT) and I should be starting my swim around
1 pm (GMT) .

 Important: If you are viewing on Window8, you may have trouble viewing the tracking... SOLUTION: download Google Chrome, copy and paste the address and it should work.

There are 3 ways to follow me through out the day and hopefully the night.
 
http://www.ais-doverstraits.co.uk/
This is Mike's tracker, click on Gallivant when you get to the next page.

http://www.mapswim.com/
shows a variety of boats, updates may take more time.
 
...and I have a SPOT Messenger. I am sharing my location information with you. Click on the link to see where I am.

Just follow this link to see my location updates:


http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0csVR0IGmXyIaXgnS9Uud9Bzp2CGb8uGI

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

... and remember we always swim for a cause.
The simplest way to donate is to visit my page at the Swim Across the Sound website,
 
https://give.stvincents.org/netcommunity/marcella


The SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific needs, such as the funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships and support groups. This assists patients, families and the communities of Connecticut deal with the burdens of battling Cancer.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed
...and Thank you,
Marcella

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunrise over Dover



The weather looks to improve for a possible Thursday swim, but I

will keep you posted.
In the meantime, Scott Lautman has arrived (including another story), Janet is cooking breakfast.... salty bacon/more like Canadian, eggs and brown toast. The harbor water is lovely, couple hours today.
Over and out :)


Friday, August 2, 2013

Swim Across the Sound... Tomorrow

Hi friends,
... because we all know someone...

videoTomorrow, Saturday August 3rd, is the 2nd of my 2013 summer swims. This year plans to have super crossing weather, with a great field of swimmers, pilots, crew, safety boats and volunteers to... make for SAFE a adventure. The swim starts at 8:30am ET for the 17 mile swim. I am sharing my location information with you as we cross Long Island Sound, from Port Jefferson, NY to Captain's Cove, Bridgeport, CT. Go to www.SwimAcrosstheSound.org and see all the great things St. Vincent's Medical Center does for patients and families battling cancer.

Two English channel swimming friends are joining the field this year; from Mexico, Nora Toledano Cadena, and Texan, David Blanke ... look out for the jellies:)

There are 2 ways to follow me and the other swimmers.

1) The SwimAcrossTheSound has link to, Web Address: www.myathletelive.com/events/

Please select "Swim Across the Sound" from the event list, then click on solo swimmer or team name.

2) I also will have my SPOT Messenger working.

Click on the link to see where I am.

Just follow this link to see my location updates:
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0EI2lh6McR3lvLon8OXLVfEyFyWN5Vt0c

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

Dream, Prepare, Succeed and Thank you,
Marcella
www.cuttingwater.blogspot.com

So, come on down to the Cove on Saturday
Soak up the sunshine and sea air
Enjoy the music
Eat, drink, and socialize
And just be part of the excitement
First swimmers are expected to finish around 2:00 pm)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy Birthday K & K the big 21

Yesterday (June 29) and today (June 30),
my dear niece, Kassandra Holder (29th) and nephew, Kurtis MacDonald (30th) turned the big 21, Wow, where did the time go, I remember celebrating lots of paired birthday parties as they grew older, fun family times.
Yesterday, we enjoyed some time with Kassandra at the Casino, and a nice workout in the morning.

I felt better than I thought, especially after the big Catalina swim last Tuesday.

Warm up: 500 (alternate Drill/ Back/easy free)
S: 4 x 100 (1:35)
Fulcrum: 400 (alternate drill/swim)
S: 4 x 100
F: 300
S: 5 x 100
F: 200
S: 4 x 100
F: 100
S: 4 x 100
C/D: 500
= 4,100 yards (21 x 100)


Today,
 
I tried to celebrate my nephew, Kurtis MacDonald's 21st birthday with a swim at Hammonasset, but no lifeguard, no buddy, no swim at the beach. It just wasn't in the cards,
so the plans changed and I went shopping and ended at Mansfield Community Center for a nice 2100 yard swim.

I just another day of rest ...is good.

So, 2100 yards,
every 21st length was backstroke (with pull ups at the ends)

Felt good.
Let's see who has a birthday tomorrow,
scratch that,
1st outdoor practice with LEHY in East Hartford...YESSSS!!!.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tracking for Catalina, Preparation is DONE



Hi friends,

The 1st Adventure of the summer begins tonight. Scott Lautman and I will be attempting our swim crossing of the San Pedro Channel, from Catalina Island to the point off of Palos Verde, California.

We have a SPOT Messenger. We are sharing our location information with you during our swimming adventure tonight.

Click on the link to see where we are.

WE are starting at approximately 12 midnight tonight, swimming into the sunrise of Tuesday, June 25th.

Just follow this link to see our location updates:





http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0xokPf7vz2GDHXEOhLjOhCJmHPHUqZknh

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


Thanks and see talk to you soon,
Marcy and Scott


... and remember we always for a cause.
The simplest way to donate is to visit my page at the Swim Across the Sound website,
 
https://give.stvincents.org/netcommunity/marcella



P.S. To learn more about the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, visit
http://www.findmespot.com
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Readying for Catalina



All the paperwork and prep is done, now getting down to business.
 
… Because EVERYONE knows someone.

I don’t think there is one person that Cancer has NOT affected. We all know someone who may be or have battled the disease that scares us all. Some of our family and friends have not survived and have joined the legion of angels; we miss you and smile when we remember you often.
We’ve already had a serious year of concern and worry; Sandy, Newtown, a blizzard, the tragedy at the Boston Marathon and then an E-F5 tornado in Oklahoma.  So many to help, but then the concern for those battling cancer reappears into our minds, it will continue to be there. My summer again offers me time and goals to help my friends at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation. The summer weather of 2012 was not very friendly to me to complete my swimming goals, so I have doubled up the work load. Here are my goals for this summer.

#1 Goal: Fundraising for St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, I hope you can help me reach my goal.
The SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable, grass roots organization run by the St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation. The SWIM helps provide cancer education, screening and prevention programs at low or no cost for the elderly and under-served. The SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific needs, such as the funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships and support groups. This assists patients, families and the communities of Connecticut deal with the burdens of battling Cancer.

My Swimming Goals for the 2013 summer are:
1. Catalina Island to the California Coast:
My friend, Scott Lautman (a cancer survivor), and I plan on crossing the 20.1 mile San Pedro Channel. We will start at midnight, Tuesday, June 25, 2013 and hope to finish in the mid-morning hours, depending on weather conditions. We both look forward to this new experience and challenge to start off the summer of 2013.


It’s always a wet and busy summer and I hope you can assist me to reach my #1 goal for the season, reaching my fundraising goal for St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation. Any amount is appreciated and it amazes me how quickly the totals click upward.

The simplest way to donate is to visit my page at the Swim Across the Sound website, 

 https://give.stvincents.org/netcommunity/marcella
 

While you are visiting my page, check out some photos and you can view the fine work the Foundation does for the community....or if you prefer to mail your donation directly through the post to:

Please make checks payable to: Swim Across the Sound
And write my name in the memo area on your check:  Marcella MacDonald
Send to: St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport CT 06606


Swimming in Memory and for a cause

I will be dedicating this year's swimming in 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.
Last 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: http://give.stvincents.org/channelingCAREmarcy

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
(203)576-5451

Please write in the memo area of the check:

2010 Marathon: ChannelingCARE

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