Ohio Street, Thursday July 24
She called me last week because she needed a guide for the upcoming Sharkfest swim. Since I am a little faster than her and had no interest in competing that meet myself ($70 to swim a mile at Ohio St--something I do all the time for free), I agreed to see if this was something I could do. So we settled on today for a trial run. Yesterday I suggested that we postpone the swim since 4ft waves were predicted for the Lake. Of course Ohio street is protected so we would get just bad chop. That might have been a good suggestion but Heidi insisted that chop and waves didn't bother her. One of her BS swims was on a wavy day, so I knew she had a point. So we swam.
The conditions weren't nearly as bad as predicted, cool 64? I didn't check my thermometer. But it was choppy. She said all I needed to do was swim next to her and verbally tell her to turn a bit left or right. But it didn't work out well, she could not hold course in the chop and couldn't hear me or didn't respond so after about 250 yards of swimming away from our planned course near shore I had to get her turned around. The backup plan was to touch her legs, but I actually had to grab her legs and physically turn her. I realized that I did not have the physical ability to do this for a long time so I tried to turn her back to the beach. But she resisted. She is not fast but does have a strong stoke which she will not break to tread water so we can have a discussion. The best I could do is direct her to the wall and from there lead her in.
I was exhausted. Needless to say Sharkfest is no longer on my calendar.