"CUTTING WATER" = ONE swim stroke. In 1994, my life changed while cutting through the cool waters of the English Channel, a place that brings me peace. Swimming is such a wonderful, lifelong sport, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, no matter what level you may be.
Dream, Prepare, Succeed.
- Marcella MacDonald
Honor swims for our brothers and sisters in Belgium and all over the world. 2 days, too much sadness.
Today: 7000 yards "UNITY MAKES STRENGTH"
w/u 775 (31 lengths for the 31 lives killed in Brussels) ...
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.
Another interesting Birthday swim in honor of Janet. We have been through so many adventures and she has accepted everything (well mostly everything) that goes with a crazy open water swimmer... thank you and Happy birthday and year, my dear partner of over 20+ years, time flies when you're having Fun.
725 w/u (3.20.1959... add the #'s) 3 x 50 (:45) 2 x 25 (***no breathing wall to line then kick on back to wall)... H= 8th letter= 200 A= 1st= 25 ***above P= 16= 400 P= 16= 400 Y= 25= 625 (!!!last 25 backstroke: keep below :45 pace) 1 x 225 !!! 9 x 125 !!! B= 2= 50 D= 4= 100 A= 1= 25 *** Y= 25= 625 !!! 5 x 225 !!! J= 10= 250 A= 1= 25 *** N= 14= 350 E= 5= 125 !!! T= 20= 500 125 !!! 175 !!! 350 c/d (3.20.2016) = 7750 Happy Birthday yards
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?
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.