Just got told today by my physiotherapist that I can start trying to run again this coming weekend. Recovery from the ankle surgery I had back in September has been slow but uneventful. I've seen incremental improvements each week, with some diligent doing of the prescribed exercises. Over the last couple of weeks I was able to finish hour long spin classes, without much of any pain (first time in about 18 months) and now I'm apparently cleared to start hurting myself again on a running track. About time too! In general my picture taking and enthusiasm for photography has tracked my recovery - more time to think, more time in the gym, more inspiration for photographs. Also generally being able to get around more easily helps, even being able to walk briskly ahead of people on the beach last week let me get photographs I wouldn't have been able to 3 months ago.
It has lined up well with the start of the triathlon season for Amanda, who is getting ready for her next Ironman race. Training for that starts this week as well. I think I'm finally going to be able to do the series of images I've had in mind for about two years now, tracking the training of several everyday Ironman athletes from start to finish. I'm looking to be healthy enough to keep up this time around, without any injuries at the moment. Things are shaping up well for 2009.