I am adjusting to life in the boot.

While it is awkward to walk around in it, especially any and all encounters with stairs, it is more awkward to be stared at wherever you go.

Now, I know I’m not the first person to lug one of these torture traps around, yet stranger on the street look at me almost as if I was the elephant man. It is also interesting how open people are to asking me about it.

“Skiing accident?”
“Nope. Running.”
“Ahh. I had to be in one on those because (insert any ankle/leg/foot injury here.)”

I also feel a bit like I joined some exclusive, secret club. Anyone wearing a cast or brace seems instantly connected—like the guy with a knee brace leaving Home Depot on Sunday. There is a look of mutual sympathy or a few words passed like, ‘how are you doing?’ ‘Nooo, how are You doing?’

On the flip side of my involuntary membership of this secret society, I have also become an outcast at the pool.

This may come as a big surprise … training for an Ironman is HARD. Not only is it taxing on your mind and body, you have to get creative with your schedule if you have a full-time job. (I have NO idea how people with kids do it.)

So, now that I’m aqua jogging 4 days per week, I am at the pool every week day. Because I usually have 2 workouts per day, that means I need to aqua jog during water aerobics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I figured, I’m pretty much doing the same thing, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Well, I was wrong. Dead wrong. The water aerobics instructor ran down a lame list of reasons I couldn’t do my aqua jogging at the same time as her class and even had the audacity to suggest I go to a different pool. It was discouraging to say the least. I would MUCH prefer to run outside, but I don’t have that option.

I won’t back down though. I want to do well at Ironman Coeur d’Alene too much. It might drive water-aerobics-instructor-lady crazy, but I’ll be back on Thursday. To get my jog on. With my new swim mp3 player.

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