So I will call today the first official training day of 2009. I’m back at my favorite stomping grounds at the base of the San Gabriels. Got in a good swim, good bike, and good run today. In addition to getting back into the groove of training, I did some grocery shopping to fuel the return to training, much of which I cooked up into some tequila lime chicken (from scratch) with quinoa and guacamole. I got unpacked and settled in back at the GTC and reminded myself why I like the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center so much. Not much else to report. Tomorrow will be more of the same, with a 5k swim and longer ride on the schedule, plus a trip to the gym for weights. More than anything, it just feels right to be back doing what I love to do. 2009 has begun. Simon is giving me continous updates from Maui, where I head next Wednesday after doing a FIST workshop next Monday & Tuesday. I’m looking forward to two and half weeks in sunny Hawaii, which is even warmer than sunny California.