Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cold Water Preparation

Can you get yourself used to the cold water?

The answer is: YES, but it is easier for some swimmers. Some people have a metabolism that naturally has adapted them to cooler temperatures. I believe I am one of them. I have a mellow personality, which I think has made me easier to accept cold temperatures.

I never was a sprinter, I can swim at a good pace, but my Fast Twitch muscles are relatively lazier, BUT my SLOWER twitch muscles are mastered, they go and go.

Now, can we change our bodies that we were born with, I think gradually we can teach and confuse the muscles to switch over. We can teach our bodies to adapt to temperatures, the body will burn more calories in cooler temps, to keep the energy going.

I do not like the extreme cold temperatures, such as New Year plunges into high 30's, 40 degree waters. I gradually get my body used to cold water, especially if I have long swim in the channel.

This year, I'm planning an early season (late June), loop around Jersey, one of the E. Channel islands and I know it will be in the high 50's, or hovering around 60 degrees. I will be starting my preparation to the cold, next weekend in Columbia Lake, CT. Starting with 15-20 minutes will be fine, gradually adding time.
...but my main focus is adding yardage to my weekly totals.
45,000 yds this week, pushing for 48,000 next.

Yesterday, Saturday, was a nice long day, thinking about good stroke technique and wrapping my head around longer time swimming with less rest. By the time I got to 8000, my core muscles were firing and helping me get on with task.
Today, Sunday, will be a day off, maybe some abdominal work, but mostly house work.

Saturday, April 10.

5 x 2000

1,3 & 5: straight swims, #1 was a warm-up, #3, felt good and pushed, #5 long and strong.

#2 & 4: I wore my drag skirt and added some drill work: alternating 25 Modified Catch-up drill with 100 full stroke.

Have fun, only take about 15-30 seconds rest between each 2000.

Drem, 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.