Only really got into cycling on a whim, when for my 18th birthday I was offered a road bike or a car from my parents - havign been a long distance runner for a couple of years. Problems began with the knees around march '09 on a club run just before my first road race - for which I felt I was extremely well prepared. Several black magic voodo dancers later and somehow I was back on my bike for a couple of weeks during the summer - managed to get a few weeks training in before entering a triathlon, and somehow, beginners luck no doubt, scraped myself into 3rd place for 18-21 year olds. A couple of weeks after this and knees hit the red zone again. Been off the bike since, to the point where I feel I am going insane. It really makes me realise how much I miss the sport, and how much I just want to race. Feeling particuarly annoyed over this today as my dad, who I used do the same running races with just completed yet another ultra marathon and my training partner who was very closely matched to myself (though a year and a half younger) has just joined on of the better ameteur racing teams in the country. Of course I am please for them both - but it still annoys me that I could potentially have been in a similar situation! All I can say it, bring on the operation this july and get me back on my frigging bike!