Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Modified Catch-up Stroke

17 days to MIMS
70 days to E.C. tide opening

Day off from the water but a good dry-land work today.

AM: Gilad's Power and Grace DVD, and Cuts and Curves DVD.
Noon: 45 minutes at the gym working the shoulders and legs.

Modified Catch-up Stroke

I call this a stroke and not a drill because I have incorporated this into my long swims.

This can be done as a drill to focus on a long, deliberate stroke.

I find this relaxes my arms, shoulders and back for a short time, while still moving forward at a descent pace.

The stroke starts in a streamline position, similar to catch-up stroke... but the hesitation out front is slight. As soon as the opposite is entering the water, the arm stretched out begins its pull.

I take 3 pulls in this manner, breathe. Then I take a longer catch-up stroke, breathe on the other side and repeat with 3 more strokes.

I know it sounds confusing but it really is quite comfortable.

The count goes...
1 stroke, 2, 3, breathe and then breathe on the other side. 1,2,3, breathe, breathe.
or Left, Right, Left (breathe), Right (breathe). L, R, L (breathe), R (breathe)

Good luck, I incorporate this into my swims and I feel very refreshed after about 10 cycles.

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?

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- Annual Appeal with more information about our financials and programs-

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