|My awesomely trendy aquajogging belt and shoes!|
Tidbit #2 - The Technique
At first, aqua jogging feels a bit funny. The first time I tried using the shoes and belt, it took me a few minutes to get everything just right. And then, it took me several minutes to get what felt like a real running gait and rhythm. I found several videos on-line that were helpful, including this one:
Tidbit #3 - The Boredom
In case you're wondering - yes, aqua jogging is boring. Last night, I remember looking down at my watch and thinking, "JESUS, IT'S ONLY BEEN 3 MINUTES????" At least on the treadmill or bike trainer, you can station yourself directly in front of a TV. At the pool I use, you can see the parking lot through one window...not much exciting action happens out there. There's another window where you can look into the gym at the lobby where everyone enters and leaves, some of the weight machines and you can even see into one of the exercise classrooms. Last night I watched bits and pieces of a Zumba class. Exciting. To help with the boredom, I have been putting my iPod Shuffle in a Ziploc bag and tucking the bag under one of my swimsuit shoulder strap. Ingenious, huh?
|iPod + Ziploc bag = a much more enjoyable workout (even if it looks kinda dumb)|
I also tried wearing a visor (like in the video) and clipping the shuffle onto it, but I hate the way I look in a visor and I feel silly wearing a visor in an indoor pool. I also tried wearing one of my cute running headbands and clipping the shuffle to that, but it looked really stupid. Heck, all of these options look silly, so maybe I should get one of these...
|The H2O Audio waterproof iPod case is awesome! But, for $99, I may stick to my ziploc bags!|
Let's face it, I am wearing a big foam belt and foam shoes. I have a ziploc bag shoved under my swimsuit strap. I am at the deepest end of the pool jogging back and forth, back and forth, over and over.
My head may or may not be bobbing up and down to Kanye's "Stronger". Yes, that's correct - I look like a doofus! People, especially some of those hard core swimmers and dudes with massive muscles walking in and out of the gym, will give me funny looks. It bugs me at first...but then I find my rhythm, bob my head to the music and get into my "zone". Who cares what anyone thinks, I'm working my ass off and in the long run it's gonna help! That's the story I'm sticking to anyway.
Tidbit #5 - Determination
Let's face it, when you are as addicted to running and triathlon as we are, you do what you have to do to keep moving and meet your goals. That means if I have to wear silly shoes and look ridiculous, I will do it (within reason). One of my running/tri friends sent this to me to show me that yes, sh*t happens and that yes, we do what we gotta do to overcome.
I figure if this woman can overcome cancer and then train for an Ironman, overcoming her achilles issues (and me getting over this hip issue) is just a teeny, small little roadblock in the grand scheme of things.
Peace out & have a great weekend!