Thursday, January 27, 2011

The curse of being a Channel swimmer

I know I like water, in all forms, but this solid medium is starting to take a toll on my wrists.

The forecast was for another 6 inches, easy, probably will be able to get to the pool too,


BUT, when I woke at 4:30am,

there was another 14" on the driveway.
Another snow filled workout of a day.

The curse of  being a Channel Swimmer, when you start a hard job/project, you have to finish it... because
after swimming for over 12 hours, you can do almost anything for a day,
including moving A LOT of SNOW.
 
Looking forward to the pool tomorrow, but tonight I think I'll sleep with my wrist braces on.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

The day after brought numbness and tingling in my right 4th and 5th fingers. My right hand didn't feel part of my arm, but I got through a light work out.
Easy 200's

1. Fulcrum: Modified Catch-up (MCU)
2. Swim
3. Hans Reversed Paddle: 25 Catch-Up (CU)/ 25 free
4. Swim
5. Buoy: alternate breathing pattern
6. Swim
7. Big Paddles: 25 MCU
8. Swim
9. Tube 
10. Swim
11. Hans Paddle, regular (same as 3)
12. Swim
12-24 work backward
= 4,800 easy yards

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.