The reason this goal is meaningful to me is that I need to find a new sport. I love love love to run trails. I love my soccer team. I love playing soccer. I love skiing-especially the bumps..Have you ever skied bumps in 2 feet of powder- oh my god it is heaven on earth. I am getting goose bumps just thinking about it. The thing is...I have worn out my knee. I don't know what is going on with it (neither does the surgeon). But the truth is, I'll likely not be able to run like I used to. I'll not be able to play soccer. I'll probably not get to ski the way I used to. So...I have to find a new sport. Sports are a way of life for me. It is how I have met my best friends. It is where I get my best ideas and inspiration. So, I've decided to devote myself to biking. Biking I can do. My knee likes it, I like it. I like to mt. bike, I have loved it. A friend of mine did the moab 24 hr race back in 98. I remember thinking then: Wow that is cool, I want to do that some day. So...my knee is helping me achieve that goal. This is why my 24 hour of Moab bike race is important to me.
I'm not sure what your knee problems are, but I got my knee problems from soccer. I got kicked one too many times. I don't want to discourage you, but will you be able to ride a bike in a race with bad knees? All the more power to you because I love to go riding, but my knees give me problems. I checked out the race and the 24 hour of Moab looks like a cool race.