Well, not completely. But it has become evident over the past two months that my obsession with cycling caused me more stress than enjoyment. Since I am the primary caregiver for our child it is a chore to aquire babysitting often enough to get in enough riding to acheive the performance level I always considered my minimum acceptable level. This season I logged in excess of 1500 miles pulling a child cart which added a total of about 85 lbs including my daughter. The end result is knee surgery which will happen the first of 2005. Now I have had knee problems in the past but I have come to the conclusion that this years trailer hauling landed the fatal blow. I have been off the bike since oct 17th and have kept busy with projects that needed to be done and am quite happy about it.
I am seeing that it is much more convienient to go into my home gym and blast about an hour on the weights and hop onto my indoor rower for 5-10 kilometers for a great workout. I think from this point on my cycling will be for pleasure and recreation only and my focus on riding as fast as possible will fall to the wayside. I no longer race so there is little point in anything beyond riding for fun or general fitness anymore.
Family was getting in the way of my cycling instead of cycling getting in the way of family and that is just wrong.
I will trim my fleet of bicycles down to just a couple of mountain bikes and see how it goes. Mountain biking is my main pleasure anyway.