Monday, December 26, 2011

Light week before the January Jam

Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays everyone.

After a restful day off, celebrating with family and friends, I am back on schedule.

This week will be light in yardage,
enjoyed a few IM's and drill work today.

Wednesday-Friday
Days home w/ abdominal work
Ready for Sunday

Tuesday, 12-27-11
1000 (25 Modified CU/ 25 free, 25 MCU/ 50 free, 25 MCU/ 75 free...)
easy week
 
Monday, 12-26-11

Fulcrum: 200 (Modified Catch-up)
Swim 100 free
Buoy 200 (alternate breathing pattern per 50)
Swim 100 IM ( tight Right shoulder)
Reversed Paddle 200 (25 catch-up/ 50 free)
Swim 100 IM
Red Paddle: 200 (2 Modified Catch up/ 50 free)
Swim 100 IM
Paddle (Hans): 200
Swim 100 IM
Tube 200
Swim 100 IM
Big Paddle 200

2000 yards
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Saturday, December 24, 2011

12th Day of Christmas

On the 12th day of Christmas... I look forward to a day off.

Drill: 12 x 25 (3 sec. rest) Modified Catch-up
6 x 700 (10:30)
Drill: 12 x 25
6 x 700
12 x 25 Drill

9500 yards/ 81000 Christmas yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

Friday, December 23, 2011

11th Day of Christmas

On the 11th Day of Christmas.... I wish I had brought my grease. Some chaffing from 11 days straight, much managed through.

<11...750>

Drill 250
Swim: 6 x 750 (11:15)
Drill 250
Swim: 5 x 750 (11:00)
Drill 250

9000 yards/ 71500 Christmas yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Thursday, December 22, 2011

10th Day of Christmas

On the 10th day of Christmas...
<10...800>
2 x 800 (12:00)
Drill 4 x 50 (:50)
2 x 800
Drill: 3 x 50
2 x 800
Drill: 2 x 50
2 x 800
Drill 1 x 50
2 x 800

8500 yards/ 62500 Christmas yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

9th Day of Christmas

On the 9th day of Christmas.... I seem to be getting into shape.

<9...850>

3 x 850 (12:30)
Drill: 200 (Modified Catch) (3:15)
3 x 850 (12:35)
Drill: 150  (2:45) with chat group
3 x 850 (12:40)

8000 yards/ 54K Christmas yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

8th Day of Christmas

On the 8th day of Christmas... a good night sleep I had, and a much happier swim.
<8... 900>

2 x 900 (13:15)
Drill: 150 (2:30) modified Catch-up (my fav)
4 x 900 (13:20)
Drill: 150
2 x 900 (13;30)

7500 yards/ 46K C. yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Monday, December 19, 2011

7th Day of Christmas

On the 7th day of Christmas...
it was a bit different than yesterday, muscles were a bit more tight and tired, could have been the poor sleep I had, (but easy math).
<7...1000>
7 x 1000 (15:00)
7000 yards/ 38,500 C. yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Sunday, December 18, 2011

6th Day of Christmas

On the 6th day of Christmas..... I really felt great.
<6...1050>
2 x 1050 (15:00)
Drill: 100 (1:45) Modified Catch-up
2 x 1050
Drill: 100
2 x 1050

6500 yards/ 31,500 C. yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

5th Day of Christmas

On the 6th Day of Christmas... some simple math.
<5...1200>
5 x 1200 (17:30)
6000 yards or 3 Nautical miles/ 25K C. yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

4th Day of Christmas

On the 4th Day of Christmas.... (TGIF)
<4...1300>
Swim: 1300 (19:30)
Drill: 100 (2:00) (my favorite, Modified Catch up)
Swim :1300
Drill: 100
Swim: 1300
Drill: 100
Swim: 1300

5500 yards (19K C. Yards)

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Friday, December 16, 2011

3rd Day of Christmas

On the 3rd Day of Christmas.... I actually slept through it....

But I made it up. Focus is on <3....1600>
50 Drill (I prefer Modified catch-up drill....and start on the next 60 or 30.)
1600 (24:00)
50 Drill
1600
50 Drill
1600
50 Drill
5000/ 13,500 C. yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

1st day of Christmas and FlyBirthday

On the 1st day of Christmas.... I swam some Fly today.

1 x 4000 (continuous)
(4000 Christmas yards)

It also happened to be my dear FlyBoy friend from Seattle, Washington 59th birthday. So, for Scott Lautman's birthday I mixed into the 4000, 59 lengths (25's) of the pool, Butterfly. Scott is an exceptional swimmer (even at his age), always fun to watch his smooth, effortless fly.

I had a blast, maybe I'll keep sneaking some fly in for ha, ha's.
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

2nd Day of Christmas

On the 2nd Day of Christmas... a boring swim for me.
<2...2250>
2 x 2250 (33:45)
4500 yards/ 8500 (total C. yards)

Mix it up if you like.
I had to get out and off to an early start at the Communuty Health Center.
As we go on, the the yardage will increase, just hoping the health with sustain without any cold viruses, you know, it's that time year also.
Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Birthday Week

Today is a very special Birthday swim day,
3 very special people in my life are celebrating.
Young Thomas Collins (nephew) turns 20 (20 x 100)
Swim Buddy Jim Bayles is 60 today (60 x 50)
and I think my Hostess/mum-away from home Audrey Hamblin is lucky # 77. (7 x 700)

Today's workout geared around them.

1 x 700 (Fulcrum: Modified Catch-up Drill)
30 x 50 (:45 swim)
2 x 700 (#1=Buoy, #2:RevPad)
10 x 100 (1:30 swim)
1 x 700 (BigPaddle)
10 x 100
2 x 700 (#1: Paddle, #2: Tube)
30 x 50 (4 on :45, 3 on :50)
1 x 700 (Red Paddle)
Easy 100 Backstroke for Jim
10,000 yards

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

Consistency is the key

I've realized through my years of long distance (OW) swimming, that my body and mind have responded best during steady, consistent training. Now, this week happens to be lighter in yardage than last week, but it is a recovery week and now I look at the clock to judge some speed (not much but some). I have found my upper torso 'achiness' has healed from the 12th EChannel crossing and I have no more aches and pains, other than the normal stretching in the 1st 2000 yards of the workout; I do have those days that my body askes "Why are you doing this to me?"

So, this week was 6 practices of 5,000 yards, quickly they added up to a GOOD, healthy 30K for the week. Here they are: remember these are my intervals, is you need add or subtract some time to make your workout more comfortable or challenging, just DO IT!.

Monday, Nov28
Swim: 26 x 50 (4 on :45/ 3 on :50)
   Buoy: 500
Swim: 28 x 50
   Buoy: 500
Swim: 26 x 50
5000 = 2.5 Nautical miles

Tuesday, Nov29
Swim: 5 x 100
             1 x 50
                4 x 100
                   2 x 50
                      3 x 100
                         3 x 50
                            2 x 100
                               4 x 50
                                  1 x 100
Tube: 1000

Swim:                         1 x 100
                               4 x 50
                            2 x 100
                         3 x 50
                      3 x 100
                   2 x 50
                4 x 100
             1 x 50
          5 x 100
5000/ 10K

Wednesday, Nov30
RevPad: 250 (every 5th length= catch-up drill)

Swim***: 4 x 150
                   3 x 100
                      4 x 50
                   3 x 100
                4 x 150
RevPad: 500

Swim: ***

RevPad: 250
5000/ 15K

Thursday, Dec1
Swim: 5 x 200
             4 x 150
                3 x 100
                   2 x 50
Pad: 1000
Swim:          2 x 50
                3 x 100
             4 x 150
          5 x 200
5,000/ 20K

Friday, Dec2
Swim: 50/ 100/ 150/ 200/ 250

BigPad: 4 x 150 (modified catchup drill every 3rd length)

Swim:       100/ 150/ 200/ 2 x 250

BigPad: 3 x 100

Swim:               150/ 200/ 3 x 250

BigPad: 2 x 50

Swim:                       200/ 4 x 250
5,000/ 25K

Saturday, December3

Easy to remember
5 x 1000 (14:30, 14:25, 14:20, 14:15...)
5000/ 30K




A very good week.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

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.