Thursday, July 30, 2015

We have arrived to Fort Augustus Scotland

If you look at my packing, you'd think it was December 28th, not July 28th, wool sweaters, mittens, hat and pants... where am I going, oh Scotland.

I don't think I'll ever get used to stepping off the plane and seeing everyone in winter jackets.

Our biggest adventure yesterday was traveling from Inverness Airport to Fort Augustus. I don't know how much help we were, but a friendly reminder to our driver, Margaret to stay on the left, but not too left (the roads are quite narrow)... white knuckled, especially when those lorries are passing us from the opposite direction, we arrived safe in town. What a beautiful place to lay our heads, Bon Accord in Fort Augustus, a beautiful quaint cottage on the Canal leading into and out of the famous Loch Ness.
 
 



I didn't swim yesterday, but we stopped along our journey to view the Loch, water looks beautiful, cool and I started my rock collection.

I've already had notice that my swim may be quick in timing, possibly Saturday or Sunday, all depends on the WEATHER, between periods of clouds and rain, normal weather pattern this year.

I'll be in touch as soon as we firm up plans. I have my tracker with me, hopefully it will work, we're going to try it today, walking around town.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Remember:

 Homes for the Brave!  -Facebook pages – https://www.facebook.com/pages/ABRIHomes-for-the-Brave/199613606735630?ref=hl
-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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015



Now about the swim: My next Aqua-adventure/challenge: swim the length of Loch Ness … in the purest form, one bathing suit, cap and goggles

(No wet-suits or performance enhancements)





Swim window: August 1st-8th 2015
Start: Fort Augustus, Scotland... swim 23 miles… Finish: Loch End.
Information about Loch Ness and results about the swim can be found: www.lochnessswim.co.uk
Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending southwest of Inverness for approximately 23 cold miles (37 km); (I’m telling myself 52 degrees, although it may be colder, hopefully warmer). Its surface is 52 ft. (15.8 m) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie". The Loch is connected at the southern end by the River Oich and a section of the Caledonian Canal to Loch Oich. At the northern end there is the Bona Narrows which opens out into Loch Dochfour, which feeds the River Ness and a further section of canal to Inverness. It is one of a series of interconnected, murky bodies of water in Scotland; its water visibility is exceptionally low due to high peat content in the surrounding soil.
 
 

Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 56.4 km2 (21.8 sq. mi) after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Its deepest point is 755 ft. (230 m), making it the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined, and is the largest body of water on the Great Glen Fault, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south.

For updated information, come visit my blog: www.cuttingwater.blogspot.com or Cuttingwater page on Facebook,

there will be links to Homes for the Brave.

Thank you for your time and have a FUN summer, Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Remember:

 Homes for the Brave!  -Facebook pages – https://www.facebook.com/pages/ABRIHomes-for-the-Brave/199613606735630?ref=hl
-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.

 


Loch Ness letter

Dear Friends,
 
Here is some information for my upcoming swimming adventure and my swimming background.
 
The Most important message I hope you will help me with is, my fundraising cause, the "Homes for the Brave", helping homeless veterans. (SPREAD THE WORD)
 
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 donationscan 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=


I am leaving on today, Tuesday, for Scotland, soon to attempt a solo swim of the length of Loch Ness, all in the attachment. No Americans have completed or attempted.
 
I will have my Tracker, all information here or on Facebook.
 
I do not carry a phone while away, enjoying the rare freedom, but I will try to respond to all emails.
 
Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fantastic Birthday week, Independence Day

This week was a fun birthday week, 5 birthdays ... 4 people and a pretty young country.

Monday, June 28 was my niece, Kassandra's 23rd birthday, so that was a very good workout because I didn't have any time constraints.

Happy Birthday Kassandra Holder
Thanks for the motivating numbers for today's swim.
23 =
300 warm up...
2300 swim
23 x 100 (1:40)
2300 swim
300 cool down, not that anyone needed to cool down after this morning's chilly temperatures
= 7500 Happy Birthday meters


Tuesday, June 29th was 2 of our young swimmers birthdays, Kaeley turned the important adult age of 18 and young Charlie became a teenager, good old 13. I only had a short day, so ...

1800 warm-up
13 x 100 (1:40)
300 cool down
= 3400 Happy Birthday meters


Wednesday, July 1st was Kurtis, my nephew, 23rd birthday also, but it was cut short due to an intense flash of lightning after only 100 meters,
I've never moved so fast OUT of the water.

Oh, well, it happens.



The final birthday was our country,
USA's 239th birthday, Happy Independence day.

A nice long swim at Hammonasset with friends and a beautiful picnic at the Collins home.



 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Happy 84 John


Birthdays are always a fun way to get the yardage/miles in.

A special celebration: swim buddy and Friend John Lenard turned 84 today, His enthusiasm and dedication to the water is Amazing, I hope I'm swimming at that age, 'life is short' make the most of each day and year.

A shorter practice (with drag), great company with John and Amanda Rossolimo, breakfast followed.
...
w/u 450 (6+1+3+2+0+1+5=18 lengths) 6/13/2015
then 8 varied 400's
Swim 400
Paddles 4 x 100 (1:40)
Swim 400
Swim 4 x 200 (that's 2 400's)
Swim 400
Paddles 4 x 100
easy 400 IM (John likes IM's)
= 3650
Then some weekend swimming at Hammonasset

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Welcomed surprise

A surprise from one our LEHY swimming, makes you smile when the 'young ones' get it.

Thank you Allison for making the morning brighter.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy Birthday and Miriam

Happy Birthday to Amanda Rossilimo and Miriam Cole; 2 of the most powerful amateur Triathletes on the world circuit.
Fantastic numbers today, lots of 3's and 9's and don't forget 20 15
I hope Amanda plays the #'s tonight, 39 on 3-9-2015.

...
Have a SUPER day and year ladies. 


Warm-up
3 x 225 (9 lengths)
1 x 75 (3 = March) I did backstroke
13 x 100 **(3 on 1:40, 3 on 1:35, 1 on 1:30, 3 and 3)
1 x 225 (9 = day) (++every 3rd length, breathe every 9th stroke)
13 x 100 **
1 x 500 (20 = the 20 of 2015) ++
13 x100 **
1 x 375 (15 = the 15 of 2015) ++
= 5850 yards, but that would bother Amanda all day, so...
150 cool down (a breaststroke pull out with drill)
= 6000 FUN Birthday yards


Thanks Amanda for the company and choosing the fun, non-boring workout.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Happy Birthday Julia

Happy Birthday to my young mersister, Julia Green. A wonderful # to base a workout around, coupled with the date, a fun easy swim for a February morning.

Being Feb. 12th, I based the swim around 2/12 and 17 in Julia's honor.

Warm-up: 1200... (Splash some drill, kick and easy back between free)
New paddles to try 150 drill (Catch up)

Swim 17 x 100 (2 on 1:30/ 3 on 1:35....)

Paddles: 150 drill
C/D 1200
=4400 Birthday yards

Happy Birthday Julia, I wish I could swim as FAST as you.
 
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Acticle from my Alma Mater


Going The Distance

MHS Alumna Holds World Record
By: Jenna Leon
Manchester High School has produced some amazing people, but Marcella MacDonald is perhaps the most amazing. Once a swimmer on the Manchester High School Girls Swim Team, she now holds the American record for swimming the English Channel 15 times.
MacDonald recently came back to the school to share her story and inspire the students of her former high school to, “Dream, prepare, and succeed.”
Swimming the English channel is a huge accomplishment in itself so after the 15th time venturing from England to France, it is obvious there is something very unique about her. Dr. MacDonald, who is a podiatrist, gave a wholehearted smile when she was asked the first of a series of questions: What motivated her to swim the English Channel?
“Apparently, when I was 12 years old I mentioned something about swimming the English Channel…. I was always a distance swimmer.. so it just was something that kind of went into place…”
MacDonald, 50, started swimming at the Globe Hollow pool in Manchester as a young child and continued on with Manchester Swim Club, competing for the first time at age 7.  She eventually competed on the MHS swimming team before graduating in 1981. Swimming beside her at each level was her twin sister, Beth Collins.
She went on to describe the first time she ever swam the  21 mile long distance in 1994.
“Each swim has been different,” she said. “My average swim has been about 11 hours. … Every 45 minutes I stop for about one minute and then I make my way across.”
She takes in nutrition via the boat that follows along side her when she is in the water. Although everyone swims the Channel without any assistance, she has eyes on her at all times for safety precautions. She also needs nutrition and energy to keep swimming, so that is also given to her during her swim.
How does it feel to be in the water swimming the Channel? Swimming for such a long period of time is much different than running or biking.
“I feel more comfortable in the water than out of the water,” she said.
Loving the cool water touch your skin and the feeling of moving your body in a rhythm  with the ultimate goal of getting to the other side is a necessity in an event like this. Physically, all one needs to make it all the way across the Channel is to be in shape and, obviously, to train a lot.
It’s also more important to think you can do it.
“Mentally, to prepare for this I have worked 20 years for this, so it’s gotten a lot easier to say, ‘Well, you know you’ve been in the water for 24 hours before … there is no reason you need to get out after 12 hours,’ ” McDonald said.  “A lot of my crossings were trying to do a double crossing. Some of those where I was not successful to come back to England have motivated me to try harder.”
Finally, after three tries, MacDonald had her first double crossing.
From student at our very own high school and a major part of the MHS girls swim team to doctor to the ultimate swimmer is a massive achievement. She received a congratulations from her alma mater on her 15th swim across the English Channel and a big thank you for coming in to inspire many.
Make sure you check out Marcy’s blog at www.cuttingwater.com!
- See more at: http://www.mhsredline.com/harbinger/2014/11/12/going-the-distance/#sthash.F4TDW3bm.dpuf

Saturday, December 27, 2014

12 days of Christmas plus a Beer Mile


video
12 Days of Christmas 2014 and a Beer Mile
While recuperating from a left shoulder/over-use syndrome injury, I managed through the 12 days, minus Christmas Day off. These are not high numbers, but consistency was the key and concentrating on good technique and some kicking with breath control exercises. I looked at the clock, but a good rule was to take: 05 rest. All geared around 1-12.

Key to work outs
Dr: Drill work, (do Catch-up, Modified Catch-up, kicking on back (streamline position) and easy backstroke. At the end of each 25 Drill, kick in place for: 05 before setting off to the next 25.
S: swim freestyle: make an interval that is comfortable BUT a bit challenging.
NBr1stH: No breathing 1st half of pool (25)
NBr2ndH: easy swim to line/ No Breathing 2nd Half of pool
BrEv5: Breath every 5th stroke: push but not a sprint

Day 1
1 x25 Dr                                2 x 25 NBr1stH
3 x 25 Dr                               4 x 25 NBr2ndH
5 x 25 Dr                               6 x 25 BrEv5
7 x 25 Dr                               8 x 25 BrEv5
9 x 25 Dr                               10 x 25 NBr1stH
11 x 25 Dr                             12 x 25 NBr2ndH = 1950 yards

Day 2
1 x25 Dr                                2 x 50 (:45/:50)
3 x 25 Dr                               4 x 50
5 x 25 Dr                               6 x 50
7 x 25 Dr                               8 x 50
9 x 25 Dr                               10 x 50
11 x 25 Dr                             12 x 50 = 3000 yards/ 4950

Day 3
1 x 25 Dr                               12 x 75 (1:10)
3 x 25 Dr                               10 x 75
5 x 25 Dr                               8 x 75
7 x 25 Dr                               6 x 75
9 x 25 Dr                               4 x 75
11 x 25 Dr                             2 x 75 = 4050 yards/ 9000

Day 4
11 x 25 Dr                             12 x 100 (1:30/1:35)
9 x 25 Dr                               10 x 100 (1 on 1:35/ 2 on 1:30)
7 x 25 Dr                               8 x 100 (1 on 1:35/ 3 on 1:30)
5 x 25 Dr                               6 x 100 ( 1 on 1:35/ 4 on 1:30)
4 x 25 Dr                               3 x 100 (1:30)
2 x 25 Dr                               1 x 100 = 5100 yards/14,100
Day 5
12 x 25 Dr                             1 x 75 (1:10)
10 x 25 Dr                             3 x 75
8 x 25 Dr                               5 x 75
6 x 25 Dr                               7 x 75
4 x 25 Dr                               9 x 75
2 x 25 Dr                               11 x 75 = 3750 yards/ 17850


Day 6
1 x25 Dr                                12 x 25 NBr1stH
3 x 25 Dr                               10 x 25 NBr2ndH
5 x 25 Dr                               8 x 25 BrEv5
7 x 25 Dr                               6 x 25 BrEv5
9 x 25 Dr                               4 x 25 NBr1stH
11 x 25 Dr                             2 x 25 NBr2ndH = 1950 yards/ 19800
Day 7
12 x 25 Dr                             11 x 50 (2 on :45/ 3 on :50)
10 x 75 (25Dr/50EZS)       9 x 100 S (1:30)
8 x 125 (25Dr/100S)         7 x 150 (2 on 2:15, 3 on 2:20, 2 on 2:15)
6 x 25 Dr                               5 x 50 (:45)
4 x 75 (25Dr/50S)              3 x 100 (1:30)
2 x 125 (25Dr/100S)         1 x 150 = 5850 yards/ 25650


Day 8
12 x 25 Dr                             1 x 300 (4:30)
10 x 25 Dr                             3 x 250 (3:50)
8 x 25 Dr                               5 x 200 (3:05)
6 x 25 Dr                               7 x 150 (2:20)
4 x 25 Dr                               9 x 100 ( 1:35)
2 x 25 Dr                               11 x 50 (:50) = 5450 yards/ 3110
Day 9
12 x 25 Dr                             11 x 50 (2 on: 45/ 3 on: 50)
10 x 25 Dr                             9 x 75 (1:10)
8 x 25 Dr                               7 x 100 (2 on 1:30, 3 on 1:35)
6 x 25 Dr                               5 x 100
4 x 25 Dr                               3 x 75
2 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50 = 3850 yards/ 34950


Day 10
12 x25 Dr                              1 x 50 (:45)
11 x 25 Dr                             2 x 50
10 x 25 Dr                             1 x 50
9 x 25 Dr                               3 x 50
8 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
7 x 25 Dr                               4 x 50
6 x25 Dr                                1 x 50 (:45)
5 x 25 Dr                               3 x 50
4 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
3 x 25 Dr                               2 x 50
2 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
1 x 25 Dr                               = 2950 yards/ 37900
Day 11
1 x25 Dr                                1 x 50 (:45)
12 x 25 Dr                             1 x 50
2 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
11 x 25 Dr                             1 x 50
3 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
10 x 25 Dr                             1 x 50
4 x25 Dr                                1 x 50 (:45)
9 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
5 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
8 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
6 x 25 Dr                               1 x 50
7 x 25 Dr                               = 2500 yards/ 40400


Day 12
12 x25 Dr                              11 x 25 NBr1stH
10 x 25 Dr                             9 x 25 NBr2ndH
8 x 25 Dr                               7 x 25 BrEv5
6 x 25 Dr                               5 x 25 BrEv5
4 x 25 Dr                               3 x 25 NBr2ndH
2 x 25 Dr                               1 x 25 NBr1stH = 1950 yards/ 42350 yards= 20+ nautical fun miles
Between my Channel swimming, spending TIME in Dover England, Softball games and Sorority functions w/ OPL@AIC, I have to say I was prepared for the final  leg of the 12 days, a Beer Mile with Running friends (next year I’m inviting my Channel friends. I can’t remember the last time I Ran a mile, yes: well, I really trotted,  a mile. The Celebration Beer went down pretty easy, I picked something I like, higher alcohol content but my sister Teresa was my designated drivers; always come prepared.  It wasn’t as bad I thought I it would be, but I do like beer and it got me out onto a track for A MILE, 13 minutes….something… on to the January jam J

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Water Lillies at Swim Across the Sound


 
This is such a Fantastic event in CT, thank you St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound
I am so PROUD of all the swimmers and volunteers at yesterday's St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound. You experienced Force 5 conditions, please remember all open water events are not so severe, and there is always next year to challenge yourself to get across the Long Island Channel :)

Our Team, the Water Lillies, surely got a taste of this great race from Port Jefferson, Long Island to Captain's Cove, I hope Amanda Rossolimo , Elizabeth Collins, Meghan Collins, Teresa MacDonald Holder and Kassandra Holder will join me in 2015 to conquer the Sound.

Thank you to the Rooney Family, (Kevin, Kathy, Brigid, Brendan and Brian). You welcomed us onto 'Harmony', became part of our team and brought us all home safely, I will say again, THANK YOU to you and ALL the special people who volunteer their boats to escort us home to CT.

Thank you to Elizabeth Fry, Debbie Masso, Peggy F Gaskill, Beth Stanton, Margaret Peterson, Jon Brennan and so many that help to make this a SUPER day for everyone.
 — at Captain's Cove Seaport.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NBCCT Article about the 'swim'

Good morning,
Here is a link to the story.

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Manchester-Native-Sets-English-Channel-Swim-Record/269283981
...
Thank you Bob Nighan for getting in touch with Kevin Nathan (NBC30) and all for your SUPPORT and Interest.
BTW:I don't really hate the swim, but it's not a comfortable swim at the beach, if you get my drift
Dream, Prepare, Succeed.
See More
Making it across the English Channel has been called the Everest of open water swimming. Manchester native Dr. Marcy MacDonald recently accomplished this feat for the 15th time--a new American record. MacDonald, who is a podiatrist, made the 21 mile swim...
nbcconnecticut.com

Monday, July 28, 2014

20 year Anniversary swim EC15

Sorry this so late, I got home from England and LIFE just got in the way.

I am on a taper, unintentionally, getting prepared for the Water Lillies upcoming relay at Swim across the Sound on Saturday, more about that to come shortly.

Here is a video I put together of my anniversary swim on June 30th, still can't believe I have the American record, just went back to work and all is good.

 
Dream, Prepare, Succeed

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A quick walk through Dover

Yes, we're heading home today, I'm looking forward to life in 'quiet' CT.

We leave on a very blustery day, no one has been out swimming for the past 48 hours, the last 2 days of the Neap tide, so happy I got my swim done early.

video
Here a quick tour through Dover, lots of walking done here.

I haven't decided what's next, going to get our Relay done for Swim Across the Sound on August 2nd, then some celebration/down time and back to work.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Swim for Gus

"Good Bye Gus", but your memory lives on.

Gus Loura was a true gentleman and nature lover, what a 'green thumb' he had, every seed that meet his fingers, flourished, yielding superior fruit and beautiful flowers.

I dedicate my swim today to your memory.

Thank you PHJFS for helping us send our sincere condolences to the Loura family. I will catch up to you shortly.

Swimming in Memory and for a cause

I dedicate 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/channelingCAREmarcy



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

(203)576-5451



Please write in the memo area of the check:



2010 Marathon: ChannelingCARE



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