Saturday, November 6, 2010

Back Home

Well...luckily, I do not have a torn meniscus (the good news). I just have really bad knees (otherwise known as old, bad and kinda boring news).

Let's not dwell on all that nonsense.

I am still so grateful that I added biking and swimming to my workout routine several years ago. They are keeping me sane - as is my return to the classroom.  Teaching first grade again is a unique combination of exhaustion  and energy - and even better than I remembered. Plain and simple, I love teaching again. Maybe it's because I'm older, but I am more conscious than ever that each of my students is a little bundle of potentiality in this world. My job is to (obviously) teach them the curriculum - but also instill in them the joy I feel in walking through our classroom doors. Pretty powerful stuff in my book.

I am finally at a point where I'm no longer sad about not being able to run as much as I'd like. It sure took awhile, but I'm (back) at a happy place. I may have underestimated how depressing two knee surgeries combined with a so-so prognosis can be. But I've worked though all that silliness.

This morning, I had flashbacks to training for Ironman Florida. (After all, IMFL is taking place right now). Sometimes, I wish I could go back in a time machine (a la "Lost") to experience certain moments of that day. There is nothing quite like your first Ironman race (or so they say - whoever "they" are). More importantly, today had flashbacks to how happy I felt training for that race.

In a sense, I'm home again.

Thank goodness.


Racn4acure said...

Glad you are feeling happier about things, and obviously you are enjoying teaching. Hope to run into you some time, Susie. Art

TRIng to Survive said...

Hi Susie,
I stumbled onto your blog today, sorry to hear about your knees and glad you are enjoying your job. I'm new to the sport of triathlon and I'm a high school social science teacher. Although it is a ways away for me to do an ironman I am thinking half iron. I was wondering how you manage your teaching schedule and train? Right now I am training for Wildflower olympic distance and it is hard enough to find balance in my schedule.