Thursday, May 21, 2009

Freestyle Breathing

16 days until MIMS
69 days until EC tide opening

10,000 yards, long swims with about 15 seconds rest. Just feeling the water.

Freestyle Breathing

Many will skip over this day, because they have a handle on this, but I bring this important concept up because many novice swimmers tell me they sink in the water.

Most have not learned the proper breathing technique.

An easy way to remember is:

EXHALE slowly when your face is in the water. Empty most of the air from your lungs so when you turn the head and shoulder girdle for a breath, you have plenty of time and room for a good INHALATION.

The breathing pattern becomes a rythmic and controlled pattern.

I like to swim with a breathing pattern of 3 strokes. On the 3rd stroke I take a breath, take 2 strokes, breathe, take 2 strokes, breathe. Then I take another 3 strokes and I am breathing on the other side. 2 strokes, breathe, 2 strokes, breathe.
This is a 3-2-2 pattern.

By alternating to each side, the stroke should be more even.

Some swimmers breathe on the same side every time that side takes a stroke. I used to do this as a youth but finally learned to balance my stroke.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

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2015 ... 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.