Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Working with the date

A question was posed to me by my niece Franci, "I need a swimming workout because I'm getting bored with swimming a 1/2 hour continuous." I am delighted to hear she has gotten back into the water, she has a little swimming background from her youth.

This is an easy way (may be confusing to you at 1st glance) to make up a workout by using the numbers in the date of today.

example: today is March 22, 2016 or looking at all the numbers 3.22.2016

w/u 400
Swim 3 x 50 (:45)
Paddles 550 (work in drill)
Swim 2 x 50
Pull       550
Swim 2 x 50
Paddles 550
Kick 2 x 25
Pull       550
Swim 150
Paddles 550
Swim 6 x 75 (5 sec. rest)
c/d 400
= 4550 yards

So today, I took all the #'s, added them up, which = 16, so that's 400 yards (I used that for my warm up and cool down distance).
With in that continuous warm up,
1st I did 25 drill/ 50 easy free for the 3... get it 3 lengths = 75 yards    3-22-2016
then       25 drill/ 25 easy free for the 1st 2      3-22-2016
then       25 drill/ 25 easy free for the 2nd 2     3-22-2016
then       25 drill/ 25 free for the 3rd 2              3-22-2016
then       25 kick on back for the 1                    3-22-2016
finish with 25 drill/ 125 free for the 6              3-22-2016
= 400 yards

Now the work out: remember 1 length= a 25, 2 lengths= a 50, 3 lengths = a 75 and so on.


Take the 1st two numbers 3 and 2, this would be 3 x 50 (pick an interval that you get 3-5 seconds rest), so there is 2x2, 2x2, 2x1, 1x6(that's a 150), and 6 (last # of the date) x 3 (1st # of the date) confused yet; easier than you think.

Paddles and Pulling 550 ( 22 lengths is a 550, so that's where the 550 came from)

So that's how I use a date in my workouts, keeps me interested.

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 – 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

Thank you so very much, peace and good health to all.