I've had a change of heart.
In following up with a number of doctors on the on-going issues related to having been hit by a car while riding my bike, I've had my self assessment changed.
While admittedly no younger, having all those doctors and other advisors say, "Well, you're still young..." as a preamble to their anaysis certainly has had an effect. I'm not feeling quite as old as I did in November when dealing with the injuries was more immediate. I've been through a winter of rehabilitation and have emerged into Spring with renewed passion.
On my first race of the season, even though I was pushed up into the next age group by the reality of my birth date, I was 10 seconds faster than my time last year -- and I did really well on that race last year.
Last night, I went running with my training partner. We ran further and faster together, keeping each other from flagging at different time and turned in a really respectable time for around 8.5 miles. Next week we push up to to around 10 miles.
Yes, I still need to swim, ride and run, plus stretch out and rest to keep my body flexible and strong and hold off the decay of spondylolisthesis. Having been hit by a car and the resulting long term injuries certainly complicates matters and requires significant additional time every day to restore strength and flexibility.
But, gosh darn it, I can do it. I am doing it!
Nothing like a new mind set to undo a year of aging.