Saturday, April 27, 2013

26.2 Nautical miles for Boston

A week dedicated to the people of Boston.

4 young people lost their lives all too soon, so many people miss you. Their smiles are so very special, Thank you for helping me get through these tough miles.

8 year old Matthew Richard
23 year... old, Lingzi Lu
29 year old, Krystal Campbell
27 year old, Officer Sean Collier
All taken from their families and friends, too soon to experience the riches this world have to offer.

Peace and strength to those injured at the Boston Marathon, physically and emotionally, may you heal completely and remember there are so many people around the world thinking and praying for you.

Here we go with the work outs,

Today, totaled the week at 52,400 yards = 26.2 Nautical miles
Saturday warm up 1400 rotating drill and back into the total

26 x 200 (3:10) I rotate some backstroke into the 5200

cool down 1400 (same as warm up)
=8000 yards

Friday 4/26/13
w/u 400
Pull 600
s 2 x 200 (3:10)
Pull 600
s 14 x 200 ( w/ some back)
Pull 600
s 6 x 200
Pull 600
c/d 400
= 8400 yards

Thursday 4/25/13
w/u 400
3 x 200
Pull 2000
20 x 200
Pull 2000
3 x 200
c/d 400
= 10K

Wednesday 4/24/13
w/u 400
s 10 x 200 (3:05)
Paddles 4 x 100/ 2 x 50/ 3 x100/ 4 x 50/ 2 x 100
6 x 50/ 1 x 100/ 8 x 50
s 6 x 200
Paddles 8 x 50/ 1 x 100/ 6 x 50/ 2 x 100/ 4 x 50
3 x 100/ 2 x 50/ 4 x 100
s 10 x 200
c/d 400
= 10 K

Tuesday 4/23/13
w/u 300
Paddles 10 x 100
s 8 x 200
Paddles 800
s 7 x 200
Paddles 2 x 300
s 6 x 200
Paddles 800
s 5 x 200
Paddles 10 x 100
c/d 300
= 10K

Monday 4/22/13
w/u 250
s 13 x 200
6 50 (drill)
s 13 x 200
c/d 250
= 6000
Total: 52,400 yards

Peace to all.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Boston Marathon Honor week

Dear friends,

This week I'm planning on dedicating my swims to the people of Boston. I have so many super friends and memories playing in that super city during my college years.

So here's the plan, and everyone, even non-swimmers can join in, no matter what level of athleticism you are in.

I'm planning on a total of 26.2 nautical miles (I use nautical miles because the math is easier :)), that's 26.2 x 2000 yards for you marathon swimmers, and if you have a big swim this summer you probably should be hitting this number by this time of year.

That's 52,400 yards for the week (split it up through a 5-7 swim week). Marathon swimmers... get to work.

I'm also planning on doing 26 x 200 yards in each workout, that's a good start (5200 yards right there).

Now, if you're a swimmer but not at that level, shoot for 26,200 yards for the week or split up 26 x 200 for the week.
The possibilities are endless.

Not a swimmer, but a walker or runner, get out on the road and total up your miles for a marathon for a week, most of you should be able to do this in 5 days... but the main thing is to do something in memory of those killed last week and honor those who suffered physically and mentally through the ordeals of the Boston tragic bombing.

I'll keep you posted with my workout.

Peace to all in the Boston area.
Day 1
250 warm up
13 x 200 (3:10) Rotated some backstroke into the program)
6 x 50   :50... drill/full
13 x 200 Fun with Amanda and John, a little bit of wine in the this glass today, but we got through it.
250 cool down
=6,000 yards

Big Brother Birthday week April 18

Celebrated my eldest brother, Steve's, 59th birthday... these birthday weeks are getting me into some pretty good swimming shape.
Happy Brother Bro, today and this week is for you.

50 warm up (drill/back)

30 x 100 (pick as interval)
5 x 900 (10 sec rest, I put some Modified catch up drill in these)

29 x 100

50 cool down
=10,500 yards

This is a picture of my brother Steve and Lori MacDonald

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.