Thursday, November 24, 2011

Birthday Challenge Week

Today my sister, Beth and I, are turning 48. I always try to do a challenge set on the day but because today is Thanksgiving, the pool is closed today.

So, this week I am getting back into shape with 48,000 (I hope), by Saturday.
There is a pattern I have been following, each day there are 4...800's and the sets between add to 48. I'm using my Red Paddles because red is my favorite color.  When ever I'm using the paddles, I do some modified catch-up drill, usually a 50 to every 200.

The build up was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I thought about good mechanics in the water and te days just flew by. As always, find an interval that gives 5-8 seconds (comforatable seconds) for the #16 sets. I was getting 15 seconds for my 800's. Have FUN!

Saturday, November 26
Red Paddle: 800 ( 50 Modified Catch-up/150 free) (13:00)
Swim: 50/ 100/ 150/ 4 x 200/ 150/ 100/ 50 (:45 interval)
Red Pad: 800
Swim: 50/ 100/ 150/ 3 x 200/ 150/ 100/50
Red Pad: 800
Swim: 50/ 100/ 150/ 2 x 200/ 150/ 100/ 50
Red Pad: 800
6,800 yards/ 48,000 yards

Friday, November 25
800 (11:45)
16 x 200 (2:55/ 3:00) 1-4: Red Paddles
16 x 200 (1 on 2:55/ 2 on 3:00) 1-8: Red Paddles
16 x 200 (1 on 2:55/ 3 on 3:00) 1-12: Red Paddles
12,800 / 41,200 yards

Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day)
Walked the Manchester Road Race (5 miles) with my youngest sister, Teresa, before a wonderful Thanksgiving feast and birthday celebration.
I am blessed to have my family and friends.

Wednesday, November 23
Swim: 800 (12:00
16 x 150 (2:15) 1-7:Red Paddles/ 8-16:Swim
16 x 150 (same  as above)
16 x 150 (same)
Swim: 800
10,400 yards / 28,400 yards

Tuesday, November 22
Swim: 800 (12:00)
16 x 100 (1:30) 1-12: Red Pad/ 13-16: swim
Swim: 800
16 x 100 1-8: Red Pad/ 9-16: swim
Swim: 800
16 x 100 1-4: Red Pad: 5-16: swim
Swim: 800
8,000 yards / 18,000 yards

Monday, November 21
Swim: 800
16 x 50 (:45) Red Pad
Swim 800
16 x 50 (same as above)
Swim: 800
16 x 50 Red Pad
Swim: 800
5,600 yards/ 10,000 yards

Sunday, November 20
Swim: 800 (12:00)
16 x 25 Red Pad (:03 rest)
Swim: 800
16 x 25 RedPad
Swim: 800
16 x 25 RedPad
Swim: 800
4,400 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.