Friday, December 17, 2010

4th Day of Christmas

I was going to mix the 1800's up with some other strokes, but as today was day 5 in the water,
Me & my buddy, Jeri Hepworth (middle distance)
I started to feel my wrist muscles more than I should,
so I decided to stay with my least stressful stroke on my body, trusty freestyle.

I added some drills, alternating Modified catch-up (MCU) with Catch-up Drill (CU), and that helped stretch and relax the muscles.

We're anticipating some snow on Monday, so I may have to add some yardage for next week, to make up for the day off.

On 4th day of Christmas, my true gave to me...

4 x 1800
#1- Alternating 25 Modified Catch-up w/ 25 Catch-up Drill, every 300 yards (on 26:45)
#2- Alternate MCU w/ CU, every 600 yards (on 26:30)
#3- Alternate MCU w/ CU, every 900 yards (on 26:15)
#4- Full stroke
= 7200 yards / 28,400 Christmas yards

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.