In case you missed this post a while back, I crushed my tibial plateau skiing in February of 2011. The injury got better through out the summer, but I still was unable to run. The winter was more of the same and it seemed like the progress had plateaued. Much better than when I first injured it, but not back to the level I would like. So it was some easier trainer sessions, a bit of skate skiing, and more of my core/weights/stretch band routines.
Discussing skate skiing can be left for another time, but as a quick note it's amazing how I can be a proficient alpine skier, have a superb engine...and so utterly fail at skate skiing. But with a sport that's so technique based that's how it goes. I got much better as the winter went on. Besides the fact we had a poor winter for snow, which also limited the number of times I could get out. Back to the injury update.
So as the winter progressed and 2012 came, I was not a very happy camper. I wasn't able to progress the intensity of my trainer workouts due to my knee, which was very frustrating. It's not that I couldn't have ridden hard, it just didn't feel like it was a good idea. And I've tried pushing through enough injuries before, to know that it wasn't a good idea. With two MRIs, and a few possible thoughts on the problem, the next option was surgery. After lots of thought my thought process was as follows: It was apparent that giving it time and rest, wasn't super effective to get back to the level of competition I strive to be at. Plus there was always the lingering thought that if there is some type of cartilage/bone defect as a result of the injury, I would like have the full picture so as to adjust my active lifestyle accordingly for the future. So I decided to get a knee scope. More on that in the next post.