OK, I'm having the wrestle with a couple of things right now, all under the header of, "Reappraising my Year." I made it to the Leadville Silver Rush 50-miler, but was sick as a dog... but still pulled an age-class win (all the fast Old Guys stayed home.)Then came the Leadville 100, one of my two major goal events for 2005 and I was so stricken with giardia that I couldn't even compete. Then comes...
...feeling better and getting my strength back in late August, followed by: "Ten Days Ago's mountain bike splat and broken knee. Next comes the 24 Hours of Moab in mid-October and the possibility that I may miss it for the first time in four years.
A definite downer of a possibility.
Question: should I just flatly rule it out at this point, allow my knee to heal well, and begin transitioning into early periodization for next year... Or should I keep Moab open as a possibility, try to train as hard as possible for the next 40 days and 'Go for it?'
One background fact to keep in mind: the Moab course has some nasty sand and rock technical sections that are pretty easy to splat on, particularly in the middle of the night when fatigue begins to grind away at you. So, skip it, or accept at least some probability of reinjuring a still tender knee?
Help!!! Please tell me what you think.
Am I just being a weeney here to even worry about this??
What's the right plan?
Right now I'm taking a wait and see approach; wait and see what healing progress my next X-rays show in a week.