"CUTTING WATER" = ONE swim stroke. In 1994, my life changed while cutting through the cool waters of the English Channel, a place that brings me peace. Swimming is such a wonderful, lifelong sport, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, no matter what level you may be.
Dream, Prepare, Succeed.
- Marcella MacDonald
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
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.
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
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
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
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 work1>
c/d 400 (today's date: 11/23/2016, add #'s) = 3400 birthday yards Have a Marvelous day and Year Helena
😊Today 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)
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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,
I’m finishing up my 2016 Open Water Swim
Season with the
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
Freshwater Institute of RPI. Donation
information can be found
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. http://www.rpi.edu/dept/DFWI/
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.
Nathan Boys solo of mind and body….Swim Stories from the
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
around showed before and after photos...most had gained 20 percent of their
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
returned...in 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.
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.
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 Reeven...you are doing great. I
will get you there."
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.
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.
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?
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.