I’ve decided to continue with the blog as I will soon have plenty of time on my hands, also I found reading other people’s blogs useful to get an idea of what to expect from the surgery.
To fill in the gaps briefly after Ironman, I rested for a few weeks then I did the 70.3 Mumbles Triathlon, which seemed a good idea at the time but my knees really weren’t up to the job- I was in pain from the start of the half marathon to the bitter end- something really wasn’t right!
So to cut a long story short, after a long period of no running, various physio regimes and an MRI scan I found out that I was born with Trochlea Dysplasia ( which means that the groove that the patella sits in is very shallow) so the years of gymnastics, running cycling etc has caused a misalignment of the patella and tracking issues. So I am booked in tomorrow to have knee cap re-alignment surgery ( Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy), the right knee is the worst so I am having that one done first.
The surgery involves cutting a slice of the bone at the top of the tibia, moving it over slightly and re attaching with screws. I will then be in a brace for 6 weeks for the bone to fuse, followed by rehab to increase range of movement and strength. Needless to say I am apprehensive about having such an operation but if it means pain free walking let alone running it will be worth it!
Training wise I have managed some light turbo sessions, I have kept up the strength work and have been really concentrating on my swimming, which I have really enjoyed, my pace has improved ever so slightly too! I have been out and about as much as I can and have had some lovely beach walks. The challenge for me in this whole process will be to cope with the immobility and slow rehab process but I am determined to stick to the rehab plan rigidly and do everything I can to aid recovery.
I was hoping to go and see mum before the op but she has had a stomach bug and I was advised not to see her, which is a shame as a cwtsh is what we both need! Bless her she has had a rough time recently and has been very poorly. Going to see her will be my priority next week!
I have cleaned the house, completed a food shop order to be delivered just before I come home from hospital and have packed my bag. I have stocked up on books, box sets, pain relief and ice packs and am ready to roll!