"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
I apologize for being silent, I suppose I was concentrating on the weather to change...
Unfortunately 2017 will be quiet for me, the weather in Dover and over the Channel has changed for the worse, I will have to defer to 2018.
Remember Harvey, well he hasn't stopped and blew his way over here.
The swimmers for this tide, including me, will not be swimming with Eurus making a strong presence.
We are trying to be positive, this is not the 1st time this has happened to me, but it's still frustrating after lots of planning and training. My life in CT is also important, family, patients and LEHY swimmers, so any thought of extending my time here is probably not going to happen, especially because Irma is heading to Florida and eventually up here.
Too bad, because the water is so warm this year, a balmy 66 degreesF.
Here is a short video of our team, Waves of Support, crossing Long Island last Saturday, August 5. Team pairing: me and Scott Lautman, Heather Roka and Julia Green and Elizabeth Collins and Gene Sardzinski. Turned out to be a extremely challenging for everyone, All for the support of St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation and those battling cancer. Congratulations to all solo and relay swimmers.
Swim Across the Sound is a wonderful destination for all open water swimmers, come on over for 2018. Thank you Lynn and Mike Sullivan for a safe and direct course. Thank you Elizabeth Fry and all the Swim Across the Sound personnel for wonderful direction and keeping us safe.
A Mother's Day Swim, 2nd 1/2 was my personal tribute to my Mom and brothers and sisters.
Just something to consider to break up the miles in the pool... the open water is approaching, yippee!! Until then, more walls.
THANK YOU MOM 2017 (4150 yards)
K-275* (odd #'s: 1st and last 25: drill)
250 (2+1+0+7) = 4150
MacDonald Addition: 7 kids
7 x 25 (no breathing wall to line/ drill to wall)
S-475*: Steve (the oldest)
7 x 50 (2 on :50, 3 on :45, 2 on :50)
J- 250 Joanne
7 x 75 (strong 50 free/ 25 drill)
L- 300 Larry
7 x 100 (1:30/1:35)
7 x 75
M-325* E-125* (we're the twins)
7 x 50
7 x 25
=5050+4150= 9200 Loving yards
Remembering our friend, Dave Parcells. Here is a 4 min slide show of our friend, Dave meant so much to many people. 14 friends are joining me for the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim on Saturday to remember marathon Dave, I can't believe it's been 10 years. 3 teams, ParcellsPaddlers, The MadMilers and BizarroWorld will be cutting through the water to finish the 24 mile marathon swim course. (more info later, right now watch) We miss you Davey.
875 w/u (3.9.1976)
A-25 (no breathing wall to line, drill line to wall 4 x 100 (1:40) plus a 25 breaststroke (Amanda's favorite)
M-325 (1st and last 25 drill
4 x 25 plus 100 fast
4 x 100 plus 25 breaststroke
4 x 25 plus 50 fast
D-100 (IM.. that was fun)
4 x 100 plus 25 breaststroke
4 x 25 plus 100
550 c/d (3.9.2017)
= 4100 happy Birthday yards
Google: The White Helmets and you see who I taking about...
When the bombs rain down, the Syrian Civil Defense rushes in. In a place where public services no longer function these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need - regardless of their religion or politics. Known as the White Helmets these volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth. After five years of war, over 400,000 Syrians have been killed and millions have fled their homes. In areas out of regime control, those who remain rely on a group of volunteers dedicated to saving anyone in need. They search for survivors among the wreckage as bombs continue to fall...
The 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation’s civil war, “The White Helmets,” that has been nominated for an Academy Award has been barred from attending.
Happy Birthday to 2 of our favorite Channel friends.
Jane Murphy celebrated a bday yesterday and hubby, King of the Channel, Kevin Murphy celebrated today. We love you both and look forward to celebrating life this you both this late summer, can't wait for that V.Tonic looking over the channel.
w'u 650 (1/22/1956) J= 10= 250 2 x 300 A= 1= 25 2 x 300 N= 14= 350 2 x 300 E= 5= 125 375 (1/22/2017)
725 (1/23/1929) K= 11=275 2 x 200 E= 5= 125 1 x 200 V= 22= 550 1 x 200 I= 9= 225 2 x 200 N= 14=350 400 (1/23/2017) c/d 275 =7700 Birthday yards
Sending prayers to the friends and family of the Fort Lauderdale victims. We are thinking of you all in this sad time.
(CNN)Their lives ended suddenly, tragically, in a storm of gunfire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
But those who died in the shooting Friday filled their lives up until that moment with love, ambition and achievement. One of the five slain victims has not been publicly identified. Here is what we know so far: Shirley Timmons Michael Oehme Terry Andres Olga Woltering
Cherish everyday you have.
Long warm-up 1100 w/u (**1st 25 of each is drill) H= 200 O= 375 P= 400 E= 125 975 ** F= 150 O= 375 R= 450 750 ** P= 400 E= 125 A= 25 C= 75 E= 125
Main Set F= 150 O= 375 R= 450 T= 500 (total= 1475)
5 x 100 (1:30) for those tragically killed 8 x 50 (:50) for the 8 injured
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.