Now that I've gained some sanity regarding my knees, training and triathlons, I'm feeling incredibly positive about 2010.
Here's what I've figured out...
* I am not doing anymore long-distance triathlons. Period. That was just me being sentimental... and stupid. I do not need to abuse my surgically-repaired knees anymore than necessary. (Thank you to Amanda and Suzanne for helping me see the light). And, as cool as completing a long race is, the recovery time (both mentally and physically) can be a extensive. I'm ready to say goodbye to that era of my life.
* The century ride next fall in Arizona for Team in Training is a no-go (dammit). While I have lots of flexibility in my schedule to a point, I can not justify missing class time in the middle of the fall semester for this ride (even though it's a fantastic cause).
* Happily, Team in Training is going to designate a local triathlon for the summer schedule. I do believe it's going to to be "I Love the Tavern." I've never competed in this race, but I'm looking forward to taking it on as a member of TNT. One of the advantages of a local race is that it won't conflict with my summer teaching schedule. But, I still get to do my part for TNT.
* I'm genuinely looking forward to doing some sprint distance triathlons in and around town. My focus is simply to stay healthy and fit, work out with some structure, and have fun.
* I'm also looking forward to fun rides. Last year's highlights include: the Heart of Virginia century, RABA Waverly rides (one where SanDee and I rode down along the James River - aka the Chesapeake Bay according to SanDee - and the other where Molly fell in love), and rides around Hanover County with TNT.
See? It makes sense.