QOS. Now tbhat the knee is healed, I am expecting that you get out there and make up for shortened rides by going for the long distances!!!! Because you don't have to cut your rides short anymore you should really be racking up the miles.. These Endurance rides sound like the perfect way to do it. I'd be excited too, especially because you got someone to train/ride with. Good luck with the training and keep us posted.
Life is like a bronc ride. You gotta hang on, ride it out, and Let er buck!!!!!