I'm BACK!!!First day of skiing!!! 8 months post-op
Almost exactly 10 months after my ACL tear and 8 months after my ACL reconstruction, I was back on skis today. And I'm alive and whole to tell the tale!
I'd been feeling pretty decent about the knee -- sure the operated leg was still weaker than my good leg, but I felt like it would hold up to pressures of some easy groomer skiing.
So headed up to Loveland this afternoon. Being the cautious person that I am, not only did I have any intention of skiing anything other than greens, I also did not want to take the lift up to the top and then find out that I couldn't ski. So I stayed on the bunny hill only.
The first few turns were weird. As is customary for me, the first few turns of the season are always rusty and mostly skidded. Coupled with the injury, I was even more nervous than usual. And it showed. I was making skidded turns with my skis very wide (afraid of tangling them up). Fortunately, I felt no pain or anything in the knee. On the left turn, the leg felt good (my right knee was the injured/repaired one). On the right turn, I felt a little twinge on the inside of the knee from time to time.
But it still felt very uncomfortable. While I didn't feel any real pain, I did not feel very stable. I realized that it was because I was nervous and skiing very upright and rigid. So after the fourth or fifth run, I opened it up a bit. Took an athletic stance and let the skis run. It felt great and very stable. I was able to rail the skis and make nice rounded turns. Slowly I ramped up my speed. No pain at all. On the left turns, the right leg felt very stable. It was awesome. Even when I hit some scraped off icy patches or dips and rolls, the leg held (although one compression was a bit uncomfortable). I'd say I probably skied about 50% of my regular speed today. Even though the leg felt stable, I did not feel comfortable going any faster. I could also tell that I was keeping my skis a bit farther apart than usual, just afraid of hitting any terrain variation that would tangle them up.
Skied for about an hour and half. Towards the end, I started feeling a bit of pressure building up in the operated right knee on my left turns (as the G's built up). It felt like it was maybe because I was unconsciously trying to rotate my femur/quad outward. Obviously I need to get my form back, and I'm hoping that should alleviate the little discomforts I felt from time to time today. Today, I was mainly focused on my knees, nothing else.
It was awesome to be back out there again. I feel like I can get out and ski some proper greens now. Slowly, with many stops, but at least I can be out there. The feeling of the G's building up as the skis rail around is just as awesome as it always was.
I'll have to see how scarved turns feel on steeper terrain -- on the bunny hill they felt fine, but real pivoting is another story -- feels like it would put a lot of torque on the knee. Definitely no bumps for a while though.
Right now, the right leg muscles feel sore (the good sore), and I have a little pain/discomfort in the knee when squatting -- I'm assuming it's just all the movement and jarring that has made it a little inflamed.
So anybody else who got injured last season been back on skis yet?