So I sprained my left ankle last week and will be reduced to aquajogging for a while. Couple of questions for the experts:
1) Do you wear a belt, or is that considered 'cheating'?
2) How active are you with your arms? I want to simulate my outdoor style as best I can, but I'm a bit afraid that I may be inadvertently be using my arms to move myself forward as opposed to my legs.
3) Alignment? I fear that I may be leaning forward too much. Any advice on how to make myself stay upright(er)?
4) Any other advice/tips on how to make this as realistic as possible? I'm still holding out hope that I can compete at IM LOU in two months, so I want to minimize my run drop-off as best I can.
I haven't done much aquajogging recently, but this is some of what I remember.
1) Wearing an aquajogger belt can help, but I have also done so without a belt.
2) Arms should be used the same way as when you run, but they will be very active if you don't use a belt.
3) Your upper body should be pretty much upright. If you lean too far forward, you may be off balance.
4) Other advice...one time I sprained my ankle three weeks before a marathon, thus I had to withdraw. You should also do some extra kicking during your swim workouts. The first week you ankle won't have much range of motion, but afte2-3 weeks you should be able to start running again.
Good luck bouncing back on the way to IM-Lou.
I'm about to venture into the world of aquajogging, too, since I have to lay off the knee/IT band for a bit. If you live in Arlington County and can get to the Washington & Lee pool, they actually have several belts you can borrow while you're there (like community kickboards and pull buoys) if you want to give it a try before buying one.