Thursday, May 28, 2009

Total Training Distances

9 days until MIMS
Back in the water, 10000 yards, feeling fine and looking forward to the open water this weekend.

45 minutes at the gym at noon time.

One nice thing about training hard, there's not as much guilt when I enjoy some ice cream, sometimes I actually HAVE to take in the calories to keep the weight on that will keep me warm in the cold water.

News today from Morty Berger, the Manhattan Meet Director, this year another documentary will be recorded. The last time, in 1993, I happen to debut my long distance career in that swim documentary. It was a Blast, this year will be different, I'm 16 years older and don't care too much about my speed. It should be fun.

Total Training Distances

I train a lot, usually 50,000 yds per week... but that is for my channel swims.

Consistency is the key. Your body and muscles will remember all the training and the race/swim will go easier.

If you are training for a mile swim, I suggest to train 2 mile at least 3 time per week. When you get to the Mile race, the distance will seem like a piece of cake.

So, swim 4 x 800, or 8 x 400. I'm sorry but most kicking sets do not count to your total.

Interval training will help with speed, I went over that yesterday.

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.