Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Catch-Up Drill


Thank god these swims only happen rarely. What a horrible workout, I couldn't wait for end. I was SOOOO tired. I had to fast last night for blood work this morning and NO COFFEE this morning, I think that was the kicker.

10,000 exhausting yards at the Mansfield Community Center.

Met with my physician for my Medical Examination to be completed and faxed it over with my Application to the CS&PF (Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation), the governing body I swim with in England.

Swimming Tip:

By working on the technique of your stroke, a more efficient stroke will be more powerful and take less energy from your body stores, and inevitably you swim faster in the water.

CATCH-UP Drill: One of my favorite drills, I do every day. The object of this drill is to lengthen the stroke and focus on one side of the body. I breathe on both sides, the stroke is done slow enough to accomplish this. Don't rush when doing drills, focus and think of the body position.

Push off the wall in streamline position.
The start & finish of the drill is this position, with your hands touching, hand over hand, stretched out over your head.
Start pulling on one side: catch the water, pull, push under the hip, lift the elbow, pierce the water in front of the head & shoulder, and reach to meet your other hand.
Once you touch the hand, start the other side.

Sound familiar, read "Cutting Water" and you'll understand.

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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 – https://www.facebook.com/pages/ABRIHomes-for-the-Brave/199613606735630?ref=hl

- Annual Appeal with more information about our financials and programs- http://www.homesforthebrave.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/HFTB-2014-Annual-Report-FINAL.pdf

-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: https://homesforthebrave.isecuresites.com/products/index.php?type=1110

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: http://give.stvincents.org

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

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