Post-surgery update #3

8 weeks separate my knee from surgery. It has been quite an interesting journey so far and this is just the beginning. Morale has been on a rollercoaster, going up and down depending on how recovery was going but my main moto has been “babysteps” as I had to be careful not to rush into working out too hard and letting my knee heal properly.

I’ve been able to workout more and more with my knee bothering me less and less: swimming, muscle reinforcement and hiking.I’ve been having full extension for only a week and since last friday over 120° of flexion.

One of the fun way to get more flexion was putting my skateboard under my desk at work and go back and forth, so my knee got more flexion little by little.

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But the most stoked I got is when I went on my second post-surgery ride a couple days ago, my knee didn’t even swell. I tried to ride 10 days ago but it was too early and my knee wasn’t ready: not enough flexion on its own and I forced too much on it, which lead to a swollen knee for 3 days. I chose to use flats, so it would be easier on my knee at first.

 

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My goal is to built some miles and resistance, on the road, in the next 10 days and get on the dirt once I feel confident enough and my knee is strong enough to handle it. First race is planned mid-June, a couple weeks before the Enduro World Series in Val d’Allos, so I can get a first feeling of how much far back on my training I’m before D-day.

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Nutella muffins

It has been 8 weeks since I had replacement surgery for my ACL and I’m finally allowed and able to ride again. So to celebrate I decided to bake myself and my coworkers some Nutella muffins .

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rice flour
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup Nutella

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add oil and mix with dry ingredients.
  2. Mix together Almond milk, eggs and honey and pour into dry ingredients.
  3. Cut in Nutella.
  4. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  5. Bake at 200°C for 20 minutes or until muffins test done.