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@Harry Flashman, Christ, that must've been a scary one. Glad it's no serious damage eh. I mean, a good solid warning like that where lessons get learned without any lasting damage is a valuable thing.
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ACL update, 7 and a half months...

Went on the Birthday Bash and the Warm up Week - 2 weeks of Dolomites boarding. Survived, and ended up being very glad I went. Despite some very challenging times and wanting to cancel the second week after day 3, in the second week I managed 2 full days of 95% fun on snow, and a bunch of other days varying success!

It was an interesting one. I was very lucky to have a friend there who had almost the exact same experience first week back after very similar knee damage (the week after I did mine, but didn't have the op). It was a lot of help knowing that my first week was just like hers, almost down to the minute. K, if you're reading this, thanks again.

First day back was a shock. My reference point for leg strength went from the weeks after the op (I'm a goddam superman) to where I was a year ago on the exact same slopes (not a superman AT ALL). An hour or two of feeling like a beginner, realising that no amount of squats, cycling, lunges, balance board, etc etc etc can properly prepare all the muscles used in boarding... Much less the mind, which it turned out was far far more important than the legs. The days after that varied from 5-10 runs with an 80% fun rate to wanting to cancel my second week and go home (thanks admin for giving me a chill few hours on the hill to come to my senses there). A physio I very much trust on the trip made a bit of an "ohhh, hmmmm" face when I told him 7 months post op and said "That's early. Take it easy. DON'T CRASH." I took note of that. Eventually Monday and Tuesday on the second week came around. Perfect soft smooth pistes, great light, conditions I loved even before the ACL. I had two full days on snow, albeit with lots of coffee stops and long lunches, having a great time. Confidant yet careful, respecting every turn yet enjoying every moment. Those two days I found my boarding self again, enjoying it, two days being worth the whole two week trip and all the mindfeckery leadign up to them.

A few varied days after that, some fun and some merely average, a rest day, and I caught a nasty cold, banked the trip after a mild fall which I easily survived but took as a warning. Spent the last day resting with some other injured fools who partake in this frankly ridiculous and dangerous passtime.

After the snow bit a hard day walking around Venice shellshocked from the ridiculousness of the place turned out to be the most intense leg exercise of the trip. My calves ached like a sonofabitch afterwards, but in a good way.

This season is done for me. I got what I needed from it, and it's in the bank. Next year is going to be awesome. Strong legs, a fully time-healed graft, and I'll get my powder board out of the bag to go back to all the soft stuff I didn't dare risk this year. Can't wait:D
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@jjams82, that's what I call a great result. Point being, you got back on the horse, survived the ride, and even managed to enjoy yourself. Yes, there were some bumps along the way, and some days that were worse than others, but I think that's entirely to be expected at just 7 months post op. Very wise too to recognise when your body said "no more" and call it a day before it had to teach you a lesson the hard way. Now that the first time back is out of the way - surely the hardest part - things are looking very very good for your for next year. Congratulations!!
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@jjams82, Agree, that sounds like a result! Well done, so soon after the op. No way I could have done that 7 months after my op, which means you will be strong and sorted next season...just take the rehab seriously, unlike this idiot.
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@Harry Flashman, how’s the knee feeling now?
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Better, but I have not been pushing it anything like as hard. I have been doing proper warm-ups, and exercises before skiing and on rest days.

I have deliberately stayed away from sludgy moguls, doing only piste, easy off-piste and hard or fluffy bumps. Also, I took a day off every other day last week whilst in Utah. I have restricted airtime to small pops off bumps and an easy kicker or two with no rotations, rather than any tricks or anything with a landing that could give a twist. I have just skiied three days straight back here in France, but half days only.

So far so good...but I will give it a few weeks before pushing it at all. Have had the odd very slight twinge, but nothing worse And I am wearing the brace for absolutely everything ski related and indeed on long walks with the baby in the sling.
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@Harry Flashman, all sounds very sensible. But still fun!
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OK, I can't be sensible for long, it seems as I get bored. Half-term crowds here in the PDS meant that we went for a walk yesterday. The physio said that walking/touring sensibly would be good rehab. I took Sarah at her word...snowshoes really help with this stuff for when you need to be out of the touring bindings, as you provide a more stable platform for stepping.

This was yesterday. Legs feel strong, no pain but I am resting today. I was able to carry a friend's panicking 5 year old down the mountain on my skis yesterday morning, so some strength is definitely back!

Good luck all.

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Wowzers! Is that you scaling those rocks so nimbly, @Harry Flashman? Rehab clearly paying off Very Happy
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Climbing up is the rehab! (Well, my legs would think so). Skiing down is the scary bit (well, my head would say so!). Well done Sir! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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@Grizzler, my legs sure would as well!
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More updates - muscles on the operated leg are now the same size as the good leg, although stability when balancing on one foot is still worse: noticed when doing single leg exercises.

I had a fall and no binding release on Tuesday, which twinged the knee. However this time, a bit of swelling, and a day off, and all right as rain. So things are getting stronger, so chin up, all - it gets better. I am continuing to wear the brace.

Powder is fine now, as is variable off-piste terrain and small bumps 'n' jumps, although I have not dropped off anything bigger than about 1.5 metres yet. Now that the powder has arrived, I feel safer trying some bigger drops. Hope this makes all recoverees feel better about the future! So far, so good - let's hope it continues this way!


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@Harry Flashman, good news, fingers crossed - and still blinking jealous Laughing
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Excellent work there Harry:D
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Great stuff!!! Congratulations.
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