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

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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.