Keep up with those exercises. Was orienteering one of the suggested sports to continue with? I'm so sorry to hear the bad news about your knee. I do want to know when you meet with the surgeon though. Let me know if the knee feels any better tomorrow. Take care!
There has been no comment regarding orienteering and I won't be seeking one. Even explaining the sport is overwhelming with most sports-minded folk. No matter what I will continue with orienteering because I simply scale back the speed (and duration, if need be). Sunday's event was unique as it was mostly run on unforgiving granite surface. For the most part, the woods offer very soft footing and lots of slowing down. As the knee disintegrates further, my running through the woods will simply go from run-O to run/walk-O to walk-O to limp-O and I bet my times which actually get better with each change to a slower foot speed. Understand? Orienteering is all that can offer me a future right now. In the past year, I've painfully watched my road race performance go from top 10% of age group to top 55% of age group. That is not motivating to get out the door and train.
And you say that you aren't competitive! I beg to differ. Yes, I understand about the time getting faster as you slow down. Maybe that's a good thing to aim for. How much further can your knee disintegrate? And when would a partial replacement be an option?
Are you able to walk today? How is the pain today?
As I've been telling medical professionals since Oct '06 (the same pros who should have considered it was osteoarthritis months ago), the pain is always there, rest or play. Yesterday, the knee would just not work. Mechanically I could not stride without moving towards the left with each fall of my left foot.