After reflecting a bit and most importantly, checking in with Mark & Grandison, I have a new attitude about the ol' knees:
1. I did not provide full disclosure to my doctor. He doesn't know that I did all of Timberman. In other words, he doesn't know the whole story of the abuse I put my knees through in August.
2. I have had these crazy knees all my life.
3. Perhaps if I allow myself to come back to running very, very slowly, my knees may be able to handle things a little better.
4. This fall is all about healing and maintaining fitness. I'd like to being indoor cycling with fresh, healthy legs.
So all is not lost. Ironman Lake Placid is still on my 2009 calendar.