Usually on Canada day each year I swim across Rice Lake (Ontario) and back, something that takes about 2-3 hours depending on wind direction (and also on how lazy my preceding winter has been). This year, however, storms like this one kept appearing suddenly throughout the weekend. Of course I could have tried to swim in a gap between storms, and if a storm did gather my rescue boat could have come got me from shore, or if worse came to worse it is quite possible to stay afloat and swim in a storm. But too much could go wrong with all these backup plans. So I put off my lake-crossing swim until later in the summer.