Starting from Scratch after Knee Surgery

Knee Surgery

So at the beginning of March I had surgery on my right knee. I’ve mentioned on here before that I ruptured my knee ligament and for the last 2 and a bit years I’ve been cycling with no ACL in my right knee.

Well I’ve finally had that fixed. On the 3rd March this year I went under the knife and had 28cm of hamstring removed and put into my knee to replace the missing ligament. I also had some cartilage repaired and now 8 weeks later I’m just about coming out of the initial stage of rehab.

Long Road Ahead

It’s going to be long road ahead to even get close to my previous levels on a bike but I’m determined to do it. The last 8 weeks have been mainly resting my leg in an effort to reduce the swelling with some closed chain exercises in to try and increase my movement. It’s been rough, to say the least. I’ve hammered Netflix, put endless hours into Monster Hunter World and eaten myself into a coma.

But yesterday I was given the green light from my Surgeon to start back on the bike. Only indoors right now, but it was a start. I couldn’t wait to get home, set up my bike on the turbo and start spinning again! My excitement was soon put to bed when I realised I can only just about turn the pedals and thats which some astonishing discomfort. I should have known it wasn’t going to be pretty when I barely squeezed into my cycling kit before hand. It literally felt like I’ve never ridden a bike before in my life. It took every ounce of me just to rotate the pedals and I could bare push 60Watts. I did 3 miles and had to get off!

My god I’m rubbish!

Only then did it hit home that I’m starting from scratch. Last summer I was 11st 4lbs with an FTP of 336watts. Right now I can barely spin up a bike and I’m pushing 14st. As I look down at my legs now, my good leg has lost its definition. My bad leg just looks like a pencil. To say that I’ve got a way to go is an understatement but I’m eyeing up a return to my peak by September.

I’m going to schedule something in late summer, an event of some kind. Probably not to the scale of Ventoux 3 times but certainly something challenging. Maybe a trip round the peaks or century loop in the lakes. I’m not sure yet but I’ll figure it out soon enough. Right now I need to get back on that turbo.

I plan to use this blog as a platform to journal and track my progress. It will be interesting t read back on this at the end of the year to see if I realise my ambition.

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