Rpitchfo, what distance are you looking for? and roughly where in the country? I am down south, so that may not be any use to you. Some of the HIM races have sold out for next year already. Could be worth looking at races that took place this year for the when and where as they are normally held the same time each year, then look at the websites to see when entries open.
Sounds like you have a good start with being a swimmer. I had an ankle ligament injury back in 2000, was on crutches for a month, so understand that you will need to take it nice and steady in getting fit. I am looking at doing either a 5k or 10k in early December.
Relay team name has been decided - Girls that Tri.
Buttercup, glad you found your mojo, mine is around but I am making it have a rest for another day or two.