Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy Birthday K & K the big 21

Yesterday (June 29) and today (June 30),
my dear niece, Kassandra Holder (29th) and nephew, Kurtis MacDonald (30th) turned the big 21, Wow, where did the time go, I remember celebrating lots of paired birthday parties as they grew older, fun family times.
Yesterday, we enjoyed some time with Kassandra at the Casino, and a nice workout in the morning.

I felt better than I thought, especially after the big Catalina swim last Tuesday.

Warm up: 500 (alternate Drill/ Back/easy free)
S: 4 x 100 (1:35)
Fulcrum: 400 (alternate drill/swim)
S: 4 x 100
F: 300
S: 5 x 100
F: 200
S: 4 x 100
F: 100
S: 4 x 100
C/D: 500
= 4,100 yards (21 x 100)

I tried to celebrate my nephew, Kurtis MacDonald's 21st birthday with a swim at Hammonasset, but no lifeguard, no buddy, no swim at the beach. It just wasn't in the cards,
so the plans changed and I went shopping and ended at Mansfield Community Center for a nice 2100 yard swim.

I just another day of rest good.

So, 2100 yards,
every 21st length was backstroke (with pull ups at the ends)

Felt good.
Let's see who has a birthday tomorrow,
scratch that,
1st outdoor practice with LEHY in East Hartford...YESSSS!!!.

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 –

- 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.