Like 2007, Ironman Florida was incredible, amazing, fun, inspirational, emotional, exhausting and memorable. Makes me want to do it again, but not until 2011.
That could be crazy talk, based on the state of my knees. But, who said I had to run it like it did last time? If I can boost my swimming and cycling, it will give me enough of a buffer to make the marathon more of a walk/run. I think my knees can handle that. Or should I say, I am very, very motivated to find a way to make my knees handle it.
Luckily, It's a long way off, so I don't need to make any decisions right now.
Meanwhile, inspired by DB, I am developing a plan for 2010. My focus will be primarily on cycling and swimming (my double-whammy weaknesses). Races that could work for me include: Charlottesville sprint, Rhode Island 70.3 (may have to turn it into an aquabike), and the Tour de Tucson century ride with Team in Training. I'd like to add another 70.3 aquabike in there (which makes it a 57.2?), but I'll have to see what my training buddies are doing. And, depending on my budget, I wouldn't mind adding in one or two local sprint triathlons.
The bottom line is that, after a year of surgery and healing, I'm motivated to get back to being a participant.