I am ready to get the surgery complete and start moving toward recovery and getting back to training/exercising on a daily basis. Over the past few month training has continued to decline due to the increase in pain.
I was told in 2007 that I needed a total knee replacement due to the arthritis and no ACL. A the time I was a marathoner. I was told that I needed to quit running. So I listened, kind of, and bought a bike and started riding as a form of cross training. My overall running mileage reduced but I continued to run. A year or so later I started doing triathlons and over the last 10-years I completed 2 Ironmans and at least 16 half-iron distance triathlons with the lasted being Ironman Raleigh 70.3 and Ironman North Carolina 70.3 in 2017. It was during IMNC 70.3 that I realized it was time. I completed a Fat Tire triathlon one week after IMNC 70.3. I took the month of November off from running completely. I started to run again in December and once again I was reminded it was time to get the total knee replacement. I continued to ride through December and January. In February the pain increase and the riding began to decrease to the point of riding once a week just to stay active. Walking is out of the question as I can only make it about a 1/4 mile before the the pain hits. Sometimes it feels as though the knee comes out of socket.