So this is my senior year as an undergrad, and I finally decided to give road racing a whack. But it seems that the gods are really testing me. Here's what makes me think so... In mid-October I came down with some bug that turned into walking pneumonia and severely limited my ability to ride--the lungs could only handle relatively short, easy efforts, maybe twice a week. This continued till, well, it's still holding me back to a degree. Also, yesterday I was out doing some power intervals and dropped my chain while hammering, which led to me stomping down on the pedals with absolutely zero resistance. Not sure what I tweaked in the process, but the knee swelled up pretty good and isn't exactly confidence-inspiring. This leg's been giving me trouble for some time, so I think I'm gonna go see a physician soon.
So, part of me is considering packing it in for now and trying to get my lungs back in shape and my knee finally repaired. But the other half of me says "it's your senior year, you've been racing xc with the team for years, suck it up and race. Sure you'll get shelled every weekend, and you might do permanent damage, but you'll never get to race collegiate again!"
Anybody have any thoughts/suggestions/similar experiences?
ps - Does anyone know if a law student is eligible to race in collegiate races?