Monday, May 25, 2009


12 days to MIMS
66 days to EC tide opening

I've been away from the computer for the Memorial Day Holiday, but not out of the water.

Saturday, I finished the week with 8,500 yards to total 50,000 yards (25 Nautical miles).

Sunday, I took off from swimming, but I seem to have worked out by boxing on Wii Game, wow.

Today, Memorial Day, I met Marty McMahon (1985 Channel Swimmer from CT) for a loop around Columbia Lake, 2 hours in the water, Rounding off the day at 8,000 yards.

The lake wasn't as cold as we had hoped but it was nice to out of the pool.


I use a Pull Tube and a Pull Buoy to increase my upper body strength and my lung capacity.

This is a good way to work on alternate breathing patterns if you don't feel comfortable swimming this way. Knocking the legs out, seem to make alternate breathing easier.

I alternate breathing every 3 strokes for a 50 or 100, then every 4th, 5th ... up to 8 strokes, then work my way down.

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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.