I took an awkward fall yesterday - not at particularly high speed or on tough terrain, just a very unlucky angle - and felt something give way in the back of my knee. The doc at Whistler Medical Clinic diagnosed a partial (possibly full - hard to tell due to the amount of swelling) ACL tear. Advice for now is the usual: ice, elevation, keep it moving as long as it doesn't hurt and see my own doctor in a week for a more complete diagnosis and possible referral for MRI/surgery. She was hopeful that I might be able to avoid surgery if it's just a partial tear.
Obviously every individual's injury and healing time is different, but while I wait to get the complete picture on my injury it would be reassuring to hear what other people have experienced, especially when it comes to resuming exercise like cycling and swimming. My ski season is definitely over (I'm pretty crushed about that) but my main concern right now is not letting my overall fitness level drop too far while I recover from this injury.
All advice and shared stories welcome and appreciated.