So as many of you already know, my schedule goes all to hell in July, as will my racing/training as I know it... But I just found out some of the particulars.
July thru September will have me at the Naval hospital in Bethesda. As part of the restructuring/integration of military hospitals in the DC area, I'll be going over there as the first Army guy to rotate on their surgical service. I'll be the chief resident on one of the surgical teams, most likely focused on general and trauma surgery, read: lots and lots of combat casualties. So that's the first three months. There's still a chance I'll be able to sneak out for some weekend racing, depending on how sleep deprived I am. My average workday will be back to the 5AM-7PM thing with some overnight calls thrown in there for good measure.
What I don't know yet is the sequence of the other three rotations... Three months at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore (one of the busiest level 1 trauma centers in the US, if not the busiest), three months at Children's National Medical Center in DC doing pediatric surgery (big operations on really little kids), and three months of vascular and cardiothoracic surgery at Inova Fairfax hospital in Virginia.
I'm in the process of locating a beater bike to set up on a trainer in my office, because I think that's what my training will amount to most days...
It's strange. I've been out of my element for the past 11 months doing all this research stuff, so I'm kinda itching to get back to the OR and assume the new level of responsibility that comes with being a senior/chief resident, but at the same time I've thoroughly enjoyed this year. I got married, I've done tons of riding on a dream bike I built myself, I've spent time with family, traveled, etc. and losing the flexibility and freedom I've enjoyed this year will be a major loss.
And hey--I've come to thoroughly enjoy me some BF.
I just hope that I can keep riding. I know it's not realistic to maintain the volume and intensity that I have, but I've come a long way in terms of my fitness, etc. and I want to hold those gains!
So for the 3 or 4 people who might care, there it is.