Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cold vs. Jellies

First day at the beach for the 2010 season. Jim Bayles had 58.5 degrees on his watch. It was Low tide for our start at 8:20am. After the initial shock to the nervous system, it felt so good to swimming in the salt water with no walls to get in the way. Turn around after 45 minutes to the West fishing jetty, and 45 minutes back to Meigs Point.  

It seemed very early in the season to see this many jelly fish and the cooler temps didn't keep them from stinging. Usually after 5 minutes, the burning dissipates. I hope this isn't a foreshadowing of the swim season ahead of us, 2008 was a bad jelly season... only time will tell. George would rather fight a bear than hang out with orange-pink jellies.

Liz Fry and I are going to try 2 loops next Saturday.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Friday, May 28, 2010

College Graduation

It's always a happy occasion to witness youth taking on our roles. Another year has passed and the graduation class of 2010 is ready to take on the world.

My niece Meghan Collins, graduated from Southern Connecticut State University... Congratulations sweetie and I hope you are able to follow your dream. We are very proud of you. Love, Aunt Marcy.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Swimming tired

If I could have reached through the phone line this morning (1 am), I would have strangled the idiot that called.

4:15 is early enough.

I had to go to the pool, this is the big workout week, and after taking wednesday morning off, I've got some miles to catch up.

Oh, how I wanted to get out, tired but no REAL good reason, a very long 3 hour plus swim.

This is an all swim week, no buoys or paddles, working with little rest, alternating a swim set and light rest set.

Cut of the day: 12,000 yards
Swim 1500
Drill 12x50 (:50) ** alternate 25 modified catch-up drill, 50 full free (easy)
Swim 1250 + 5x50 (:45)
Drill 6 x 100 (alternate 1:35/1:40)**
Swim 1000 + 5x100 (1:30)
Drill 4 x 150 (2:30)**
Swim 5 x 50(:45)+ 750 + 5x100(1:30)
Drill 3 x 200 (3:15)**
Swim 10x50(2 on :45, 3 on :50)+ 500 + 5 x 100 (1:35)
Drill 2 x 300 (5:00)
Swim 4x100(1:35)/1x50(:50)/3x100/ 2x50/2x100/3x50/1x100/4x50


Monday, May 10, 2010

Some days just start off like this

1st day back, after some down time, the body was just too tired to travel and the weather wasn't cooperating (thunder & lightning on Saturday).

The swim suits are in, the relay is going look pretty zazzy.

Cut for the week: 10,000 yards

(all swimming: the ***50's are one on :45 , 3 on :50, 25 modified catchup)

5 x 500 ( 7:50)
5 x 50 ***
5 x 400 (6:10)
10 x 50 ***
5 x 300 (4:35)
15 x 50 ***
5 x 200 (3:05)
20 x 50 ***
5 x 100 (1:35)

So sleepy (tired) looking forward to my pillow tonight.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

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.