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Hi folks. Have been a many year poster on RW forums but mainly keep myself tucked up in various marathon threads. Got the news this morning from my sports doctor after an MRI scan, that my left knee cartilidge looks to be in very bad condition - long term wear and tear the likely culprit. I'm due for an arthroscopy on 15/6 and will have a fairly big segment of meniscus that has become detached, removed from the knee.
The surgeon will tell me after the op what my chances of running again will be, but the outlook is bad. My feeling is, even if I can run again without pain, just doing a 5k jog round the park once a week is not what I want or am used to. I've been running close to 4,000km/ year for a few years now, training 6-7x a week. If I try to go back to that, then surely I am just asking for trouble in the long term? I can't bear the prospect of becoming an unfit lardy arse.
So my reason for coming over to TW forums, is to ask you what are the possibilities for a person with meniscus damage, of being able to be competitive and do hard cycle training? Right now i can't guage it because I can hardly walk, never mind ride a bike. Can you do high mileage bike training with a dodgy knee (assuming expertly set-up bike etc)?
Does the all-round balance of swimming, riding and much reduced running give a formerly decent runner a chance of being able to run, without the risk of becoming a cripple before the age of 60 (any age really)? Thanks for any help/ advice/ pointers to relevant info sources.