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2013-08-25 8:47 AM

Subject: ACL Reconstruction/Recovery
I am a "BOPer" having done my first HIM this past June and a couple weeks ago I had the ACL in my right knee "reconstructed". I know there are a few pages out there about that, but my story is at
My plan/goal is to recover over the Fall/Winter and participate in my local Boise IronMan 70.3 again... in 287 days.
Just looking to compare notes with others that have had the same thing done, and some milestones and goals as far as strength/flexibility and expectations for the next few months.
Hopefully it will be helpful to some other people in my similar situation.

2013-08-30 7:55 PM
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Subject: RE: ACL Reconstruction/Recovery
You should be good to go in 287 days.  No running for 3 months, the graft is not strong enough.  Swim when the incisions are healed, biking when you can make a revolution.  DO YOUR PT diligently.  This is the most important part of your recovery.  By 6 weeks PO most people have a full pain free ROM and no swelling but I have some outliers to either side.
2013-10-05 2:59 PM
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Subject: RE: ACL Reconstruction/Recovery
I had my acl done about 15 years ago. It was very depressing, but once you are able to start making full revolutions on the bike you know you are on your way. Each day it will get stronger. I didn't do triathlons back then, but I did play soccer. I had it done in October and went back to playing in May/ June. It took some time to get used to that, but I would imagine you should be back to triathlon way before since you don't have to cut in and out. like soccer You will have plenty of time to rehab and do your half. Once you can get on the bike, just keep going. The bike fitness will carry over. Good luck! I don't wish ACL rehab on anyone, but you are prob through the worst part now
2013-10-13 5:48 PM
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Subject: RE: ACL Reconstruction/Recovery

I had ACL and posterlateral corner reconstruction in early May. I was able to get full rotation on the PT bike pretty early -- maybe 2 weeks after surgery. I was riding the bike at the gym as soon as my brace got unlocked (3 weeks PO) and was running after my doc gave me the all clear at 3 months PO. In the beginning I had to shorten my stride quite a bit and really think about running evenly with the 'bad' and 'good' leg, but now I'm 5 months PO and feeling great with no problems.

I should add that early on the recumbent bike felt better than the upright -- I was just trying to get in 30 minutes so I wouldn't go crazy so I didn't really care what I was doing, just that I was doing something. I did get some funny looks going into the gym in my giant knee brace!
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