Saturday, December 25, 2010

11th Day of Christmas

Bonus swim last night at the MHS Alumni swim meet, it's mostly a boy event, but a few gals represented the feminine side of the school, Hannah Packer, Ashley Peterson (my counter for the 500) and me (Class of 1981).

My highlight of the meet, the 200 Medley relay with my 3 Collins nephews,
me (Backstroke), Tom (Breaststroke), Pat (Fly), Jim (Free), 2nd place after the teenage boys.

Lots of sprinting, give me the miles.
6:25 for the 500, last place, double lapped by Kevin Ehlich (5:11), how depressing for a short time, then I remembered I could be these young ones mom.

11th Day of Christmas

...on the day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Eleven Six-Hundreds (11 x 600) all on 9:05
feeling much better than yesterday, water doesn't feel so heavy today.

#1: 25 Catch- up drill (CU) / 75 free
#2: 25 CU / 125 free
#3: 25 CU / 175 free
#4: 25 CU / 225 free
#5: 25 CU / 275 free

#6: 600 free (8:45)

#7 - 11... work way back (5-1) w/ Modified Catch-up Drill (MCU)
= 6,600 (shorter) yards, 

Thank goodness Ken Bockus showed for the final 3, nice to have some company.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone.
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

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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.