Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Welcomed surprise

A surprise from one our LEHY swimming, makes you smile when the 'young ones' get it.

Thank you Allison for making the morning brighter.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy Birthday and Miriam

Happy Birthday to Amanda Rossilimo and Miriam Cole; 2 of the most powerful amateur Triathletes on the world circuit.
Fantastic numbers today, lots of 3's and 9's and don't forget 20 15
I hope Amanda plays the #'s tonight, 39 on 3-9-2015.

...
Have a SUPER day and year ladies. 


Warm-up
3 x 225 (9 lengths)
1 x 75 (3 = March) I did backstroke
13 x 100 **(3 on 1:40, 3 on 1:35, 1 on 1:30, 3 and 3)
1 x 225 (9 = day) (++every 3rd length, breathe every 9th stroke)
13 x 100 **
1 x 500 (20 = the 20 of 2015) ++
13 x100 **
1 x 375 (15 = the 15 of 2015) ++
= 5850 yards, but that would bother Amanda all day, so...
150 cool down (a breaststroke pull out with drill)
= 6000 FUN Birthday yards


Thanks Amanda for the company and choosing the fun, non-boring workout.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Happy Birthday Julia

Happy Birthday to my young mersister, Julia Green. A wonderful # to base a workout around, coupled with the date, a fun easy swim for a February morning.

Being Feb. 12th, I based the swim around 2/12 and 17 in Julia's honor.

Warm-up: 1200... (Splash some drill, kick and easy back between free)
New paddles to try 150 drill (Catch up)

Swim 17 x 100 (2 on 1:30/ 3 on 1:35....)

Paddles: 150 drill
C/D 1200
=4400 Birthday yards

Happy Birthday Julia, I wish I could swim as FAST as you.
 
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Acticle from my Alma Mater


Going The Distance

MHS Alumna Holds World Record
By: Jenna Leon
Manchester High School has produced some amazing people, but Marcella MacDonald is perhaps the most amazing. Once a swimmer on the Manchester High School Girls Swim Team, she now holds the American record for swimming the English Channel 15 times.
MacDonald recently came back to the school to share her story and inspire the students of her former high school to, “Dream, prepare, and succeed.”
Swimming the English channel is a huge accomplishment in itself so after the 15th time venturing from England to France, it is obvious there is something very unique about her. Dr. MacDonald, who is a podiatrist, gave a wholehearted smile when she was asked the first of a series of questions: What motivated her to swim the English Channel?
“Apparently, when I was 12 years old I mentioned something about swimming the English Channel…. I was always a distance swimmer.. so it just was something that kind of went into place…”
MacDonald, 50, started swimming at the Globe Hollow pool in Manchester as a young child and continued on with Manchester Swim Club, competing for the first time at age 7.  She eventually competed on the MHS swimming team before graduating in 1981. Swimming beside her at each level was her twin sister, Beth Collins.
She went on to describe the first time she ever swam the  21 mile long distance in 1994.
“Each swim has been different,” she said. “My average swim has been about 11 hours. … Every 45 minutes I stop for about one minute and then I make my way across.”
She takes in nutrition via the boat that follows along side her when she is in the water. Although everyone swims the Channel without any assistance, she has eyes on her at all times for safety precautions. She also needs nutrition and energy to keep swimming, so that is also given to her during her swim.
How does it feel to be in the water swimming the Channel? Swimming for such a long period of time is much different than running or biking.
“I feel more comfortable in the water than out of the water,” she said.
Loving the cool water touch your skin and the feeling of moving your body in a rhythm  with the ultimate goal of getting to the other side is a necessity in an event like this. Physically, all one needs to make it all the way across the Channel is to be in shape and, obviously, to train a lot.
It’s also more important to think you can do it.
“Mentally, to prepare for this I have worked 20 years for this, so it’s gotten a lot easier to say, ‘Well, you know you’ve been in the water for 24 hours before … there is no reason you need to get out after 12 hours,’ ” McDonald said.  “A lot of my crossings were trying to do a double crossing. Some of those where I was not successful to come back to England have motivated me to try harder.”
Finally, after three tries, MacDonald had her first double crossing.
From student at our very own high school and a major part of the MHS girls swim team to doctor to the ultimate swimmer is a massive achievement. She received a congratulations from her alma mater on her 15th swim across the English Channel and a big thank you for coming in to inspire many.
Make sure you check out Marcy’s blog at www.cuttingwater.com!
- See more at: http://www.mhsredline.com/harbinger/2014/11/12/going-the-distance/#sthash.F4TDW3bm.dpuf

Saturday, December 27, 2014

12 days of Christmas plus a Beer Mile


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12 Days of Christmas 2014 and a Beer Mile
While recuperating from a left shoulder/over-use syndrome injury, I managed through the 12 days, minus Christmas Day off. These are not high numbers, but consistency was the key and concentrating on good technique and some kicking with breath control exercises. I looked at the clock, but a good rule was to take: 05 rest. All geared around 1-12.

Key to work outs
Dr: Drill work, (do Catch-up, Modified Catch-up, kicking on back (streamline position) and easy backstroke. At the end of each 25 Drill, kick in place for: 05 before setting off to the next 25.
S: swim freestyle: make an interval that is comfortable BUT a bit challenging.
NBr1stH: No breathing 1st half of pool (25)
NBr2ndH: easy swim to line/ No Breathing 2nd Half of pool
BrEv5: Breath every 5th stroke: push but not a sprint

Day 1
1 x25 Dr                                2 x 25 NBr1stH
3 x 25 Dr                               4 x 25 NBr2ndH
5 x 25 Dr                               6 x 25 BrEv5
7 x 25 Dr                               8 x 25 BrEv5
9 x 25 Dr                               10 x 25 NBr1stH
11 x 25 Dr                             12 x 25 NBr2ndH = 1950 yards

Day 2
1 x25 Dr                                2 x 50 (:45/:50)
3 x 25 Dr                               4 x 50
5 x 25 Dr                               6 x 50
7 x 25 Dr                               8 x 50
9 x 25 Dr                               10 x 50
11 x 25 Dr                             12 x 50 = 3000 yards/ 4950

Day 3
1 x 25 Dr                               12 x 75 (1:10)
3 x 25 Dr                               10 x 75
5 x 25 Dr                               8 x 75
7 x 25 Dr                               6 x 75
9 x 25 Dr                               4 x 75
11 x 25 Dr                             2 x 75 = 4050 yards/ 9000

Day 4
11 x 25 Dr                             12 x 100 (1:30/1:35)
9 x 25 Dr                               10 x 100 (1 on 1:35/ 2 on 1:30)
7 x 25 Dr                               8 x 100 (1 on 1:35/ 3 on 1:30)
5 x 25 Dr                               6 x 100 ( 1 on 1:35/ 4 on 1:30)
4 x 25 Dr                               3 x 100 (1:30)
2 x 25 Dr                               1 x 100 = 5100 yards/14,100
Day 5
12 x 25 Dr                             1 x 75 (1:10)
10 x 25 Dr                             3 x 75
8 x 25 Dr                               5 x 75
6 x 25 Dr                               7 x 75
4 x 25 Dr                               9 x 75
2 x 25 Dr                               11 x 75 = 3750 yards/ 17850


Day 6
1 x25 Dr                                12 x 25 NBr1stH
3 x 25 Dr                               10 x 25 NBr2ndH
5 x 25 Dr                               8 x 25 BrEv5
7 x 25 Dr                               6 x 25 BrEv5
9 x 25 Dr                               4 x 25 NBr1stH
11 x 25 Dr                             2 x 25 NBr2ndH = 1950 yards/ 19800
Day 7
12 x 25 Dr                             11 x 50 (2 on :45/ 3 on :50)
10 x 75 (25Dr/50EZS)       9 x 100 S (1:30)
8 x 125 (25Dr/100S)         7 x 150 (2 on 2:15, 3 on 2:20, 2 on 2:15)
6 x 25 Dr                               5 x 50 (:45)
4 x 75 (25Dr/50S)              3 x 100 (1:30)
2 x 125 (25Dr/100S)         1 x 150 = 5850 yards/ 25650


Day 8
12 x 25 Dr                             1 x 300 (4:30)
10 x 25 Dr                             3 x 250 (3:50)
8 x 25 Dr                               5 x 200 (3:05)
6 x 25 Dr                               7 x 150 (2:20)
4 x 25 Dr                               9 x 100 ( 1:35)
2 x 25 Dr                               11 x 50 (:50) = 5450 yards/ 3110
Day 9
12 x 25 Dr                             11 x 50 (2 on: 45/ 3 on: 50)
10 x 25 Dr                             9 x 75 (1:10)
8 x 25 Dr                               7 x 100 (2 on 1:30, 3 on 1:35)
6 x 25 Dr                               5 x 100
4 x 25 Dr                               3 x 75
2 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50 = 3850 yards/ 34950


Day 10
12 x25 Dr                              1 x 50 (:45)
11 x 25 Dr                             2 x 50
10 x 25 Dr                             1 x 50
9 x 25 Dr                               3 x 50
8 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
7 x 25 Dr                               4 x 50
6 x25 Dr                                1 x 50 (:45)
5 x 25 Dr                               3 x 50
4 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
3 x 25 Dr                               2 x 50
2 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
1 x 25 Dr                               = 2950 yards/ 37900
Day 11
1 x25 Dr                                1 x 50 (:45)
12 x 25 Dr                             1 x 50
2 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
11 x 25 Dr                             1 x 50
3 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
10 x 25 Dr                             1 x 50
4 x25 Dr                                1 x 50 (:45)
9 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
5 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
8 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
6 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
7 x 25 Dr                               = 2500 yards/ 40400


Day 12
12 x25 Dr                              11 x 25 NBr1stH
10 x 25 Dr                             9 x 25 NBr2ndH
8 x 25 Dr                               7 x 25 BrEv5
6 x 25 Dr                               5 x 25 BrEv5
4 x 25 Dr                               3 x 25 NBr2ndH
2 x 25 Dr                               1 x 25 NBr1stH = 1950 yards/ 42350 yards= 20+ nautical fun miles
Between my Channel swimming, spending TIME in Dover England, Softball games and Sorority functions w/ OPL@AIC, I have to say I was prepared for the final  leg of the 12 days, a Beer Mile with Running friends (next year I’m inviting my Channel friends. I can’t remember the last time I Ran a mile, yes: well, I really trotted,  a mile. The Celebration Beer went down pretty easy, I picked something I like, higher alcohol content but my sister Teresa was my designated drivers; always come prepared.  It wasn’t as bad I thought I it would be, but I do like beer and it got me out onto a track for A MILE, 13 minutes….something… on to the January jam J

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Water Lillies at Swim Across the Sound


 
This is such a Fantastic event in CT, thank you St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound
I am so PROUD of all the swimmers and volunteers at yesterday's St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound. You experienced Force 5 conditions, please remember all open water events are not so severe, and there is always next year to challenge yourself to get across the Long Island Channel :)

Our Team, the Water Lillies, surely got a taste of this great race from Port Jefferson, Long Island to Captain's Cove, I hope Amanda Rossolimo , Elizabeth Collins, Meghan Collins, Teresa MacDonald Holder and Kassandra Holder will join me in 2015 to conquer the Sound.

Thank you to the Rooney Family, (Kevin, Kathy, Brigid, Brendan and Brian). You welcomed us onto 'Harmony', became part of our team and brought us all home safely, I will say again, THANK YOU to you and ALL the special people who volunteer their boats to escort us home to CT.

Thank you to Elizabeth Fry, Debbie Masso, Peggy F Gaskill, Beth Stanton, Margaret Peterson, Jon Brennan and so many that help to make this a SUPER day for everyone.
 — at Captain's Cove Seaport.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NBCCT Article about the 'swim'

Good morning,
Here is a link to the story.

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Manchester-Native-Sets-English-Channel-Swim-Record/269283981
...
Thank you Bob Nighan for getting in touch with Kevin Nathan (NBC30) and all for your SUPPORT and Interest.
BTW:I don't really hate the swim, but it's not a comfortable swim at the beach, if you get my drift
Dream, Prepare, Succeed.
See More
Making it across the English Channel has been called the Everest of open water swimming. Manchester native Dr. Marcy MacDonald recently accomplished this feat for the 15th time--a new American record. MacDonald, who is a podiatrist, made the 21 mile swim...
nbcconnecticut.com

Monday, July 28, 2014

20 year Anniversary swim EC15

Sorry this so late, I got home from England and LIFE just got in the way.

I am on a taper, unintentionally, getting prepared for the Water Lillies upcoming relay at Swim across the Sound on Saturday, more about that to come shortly.

Here is a video I put together of my anniversary swim on June 30th, still can't believe I have the American record, just went back to work and all is good.

 
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A quick walk through Dover

Yes, we're heading home today, I'm looking forward to life in 'quiet' CT.

We leave on a very blustery day, no one has been out swimming for the past 48 hours, the last 2 days of the Neap tide, so happy I got my swim done early.

video
Here a quick tour through Dover, lots of walking done here.

I haven't decided what's next, going to get our Relay done for Swim Across the Sound on August 2nd, then some celebration/down time and back to work.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Swim for Gus

"Good Bye Gus", but your memory lives on.

Gus Loura was a true gentleman and nature lover, what a 'green thumb' he had, every seed that meet his fingers, flourished, yielding superior fruit and beautiful flowers.

I dedicate my swim today to your memory.

Thank you PHJFS for helping us send our sincere condolences to the Loura family. I will catch up to you shortly.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A walk to Shakespeare

We are revisiting some spots from the past. This will probably be final time we climb the hill to the top of Shakespeare Cliff.


Below are the beaches I have set off for a crossing.
Either Shakespeare beach or Samphire Hoe, the man-made extension of England with land fill from the makings of the Chunnel (high-speed railway from London to Paris).

The trails are not traveled as much as in the past, over-growth is occurring, but the view of the channel remain to be spectacular.

The flowers we past remind me of my gardens at home,
I think I will have missed my Day-lilies but the wild Roses along the path and the beautiful English home gardens make me smile.

I look forward to playing in my yard this weekend with Mocha and watching Gerda and Aloysius in their jungle.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Training in the rain, Dover style

The sun is shining now, but the morning was miserable for those poor 3-6 hour swimmers in the harbor.
video

I do not, have the patience for those numbers,
but I did enjoy my 45 minutes, lots of camera work and chit chat with swimmers in and out of the water. Sprinting and thinking of Hot Spots, warm my heart, body and smile.

Many thanks to our beach support, for caring, feeding, carrying our shoes and gear and mostly for your friendship and caring eyes watching us in this chilled salt water mix.

5 days and counting.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I'll be home shortly

I'll be home shortly.

Days like this in Dover, make me glad my mission is accomplished and I only have train as much as I want to.

My shoulders are starting to feel normal, not as much fatigue, but that 35 minute snooze I just woke up from was just what I needed.
Not sleeping well here, but I can nap when I want.

It's Saturday and that means the weekend warriors (swimmers) are back for their training sessions.
video
It's a VERY blustery day, but the sun is peeking through the clouds here and there.

Home is out of sight, BUT surely not of mind. I am longing  more for my routine and friends.

Until tomorrow.
Love and Peace.
me

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence day

Hope all in the USA are enjoying a safe and happy 4th of July.
I think this is my 4th, Independence day spent in the country we broke from. Ironic at how close I feel to our British friends.
Each country has its 'ups and downs', there never will be a utopia world, I'm just feeling
"Blessed" I was born and raised in the United States of America.

Public Education and Sport was available young boys and girls and my parents instilled in me and my brothers and sisters to,
"Take advantage of the opportunities placed in front of you",

"do your best",
and "appreciate and give back".
I tried my best to satisfy all.

Today, Janet and I will celebrate the 4th of July at one of our favorite sites in Dover, the Castle.

The history is just amazing, starting 2000+ years with a Roman Lighthouse on the cliffs, and Henry's Keep brings out the Tudor age and the Napoleonic Tunnels bring in the modern age, defending against the Germans during WWI and II ... the history within the 20+ acres of land is breath taking.

I am looking forward to coming home and embracing my life in Manchester, CT, my sanctuary.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

1st swim ... Fatigue has set in

Took an early morning swim today, 1st time in the since the Big swim,

feeling a bit fatigued, made it through 15 minutes, 1/2 easy swim: 1/2 easy drill

Really just concentrating on my 'reach and touch' of the water, no hard pulling (right shoulder tendons, kind of feel very stringy today), gradually they'll get full strength. I feel the cold much more swimming easy, the hot shower was glorious.

Getting some early morning work done while enjoying my coffee, but starting to feel out-of-shape, I know it's a mental thing but the walking, all over town, is helping this.
Got to stay away from the carbs now, no excuses for that extra insulation to keep warm any longer.

Tomorrow 30 minutes I hope.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Watching the others

Just relaxing with a 2nd cup of coffee, checking in on the other boats crossing the channel today.

http://cspf.co.uk/tracking

Janet and I met a relay yesterday at the infamous "White Horse', they are out today on 'Anastasia'.
One of the gals, Michele was surprised to meet me, the few times I get some-sort of celebrity status.

I remember my Double relay in 2003, Force6America, that experience renewed my love in open



water swimming and got my look at the water from a boat, I had a BLAST and 24 hours on a boat made life-long friendships with
Marcia Cleveland (Chicago),
Scott Lautman (Seattle),
Henry Eckstein (Manhattan), t
he late Vince Herring (Michigan) and
Cristian Vergana (Brooklyn, NY)....
poor Vince was better in the water than out, sea-sick the entire 5 hours when he was 'resting'.

So many memories, now I remember why I keep coming back.

Starting to miss you all CT, but I hear the heat is on, so I guess I enjoy the comfortable touring temperatures over here in Kent UK for a while more.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The day after

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Thank you for all your support and interest.
 
#15 is in the books and I'm already starting to forget the un-pleasantries during that 11 hours 50 minutes.
 
I told my younger friends on LEHY that it's like swimming the 200 Fly (or any event you are nervous about), whether it's the 1st time or your 15th time, you know it's going to hurt, especially if you're trying to get to your next level of performance. Leave everything you've got in the pool (or the channel in my case). The hurt, is a good hurt; you've just pushed into your next gear. When you get out of the water, you start to forget the discomfort; eventually striving to get to an even Higher level.
Those levels do change, as we get older, but they still there as long as we are breathing.
 
Trust in your Preparation; if you worked hard in your training, relax and let it SHINE through during the test. 
 
For me, on the day after, I have No permanent injuries, I'm just working through the normal body tightness and sore muscles, my throat soreness from the salt water (mild, I think my nose clip helps with that) and I'm admiring my tan line from my cap and the couple of Jelly fish kisses I got yesterday. 
 
I've already started to enjoy the adventure.  
 
I will be working a short video and posting it shortly. 
See you soon, going to enjoy some r&r, visit some new and old favorite British sites.
 
Thank you again for all your lovely messages.
 
:) marcy


Monday, June 30, 2014

Quick note of success

Just a quick note before heading to zzzLand after quite the workout today.

#15 is in the books, 11 hours, 50 minute. 

Thank you Janet for taking such good care of me.

I got to experience almost everything the channel hit you with:

Darkness, start at 12:30 am.

A beautiful sunrise around 4am.

Some, not much, bumpy condition.

 Some big traffic.

... and a stony beach landing,

we had a visit from the British border patrol.

Good I brought my passport, the film crew loved the entire,

I will in a few days.  
... baths have been taken, dinner done, now sleep.

Until tomorrow.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed



Swimming in Memory and for a cause

I dedicate 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: 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.