That must be very difficult to hurt your good knee and be facing yet another recovery journey. As in climbing, the majority proportion of the job at hand is mental and your active-life depends on doing the best job you can.
My work with Uphill Athlete (website co-manager, social media manager, other…) became prudent this past January when I shattered my calcaneus ice climbing (as a group, Scott, Steve and I have LOTS of mountain related injuries). I was non-weight bearing for 4 months with surgeries and missed expeditions happening too. Good for working behind a computer sitting on the floor.
True, I didn’t injure my knee but I can tell you positive / productive things I’ve done whilst injured:
– Workouts, Core and fingerboard: Yes! Take the opportunity to progress (you’ve only got time) but also be aware that healing requires energy and it will be subtracted from energy going to workouts. Accept that forcing workouts inhibits healing and listen to your body. Also, get creative with equipment in order to effect the muscle groups you can (strap resistance as close to your knee as possible to work the hip…do finger curls with weights to warm-up for fingerboard…use medicine ball for support during core…). The one arm pull up is a worthy journey to begin as well. I found TrainingPeaks helpful to keep track of and progress the myriad different workouts.
– Inspiration: I found books about doctors working in the 3rd world offered perspective and inspiration (“Mountains Beyond Mountains”, “Second Suns”). For you, “Touching the Void” is relevant. Stay grateful and celebrate the small stuff. Active people need support during forced-inactivity; accept help form everywhere.
– Focus: Do what works now. Sidelined form my field work, I also began work part time at the front desk of the Physio office because it satisfies my needs efficiently. I can sit when I need and can schedule myself into see the PT. All the expensive PT gadgets are there too. Part of me fucking hates working the desk and it crushes my ego but it’s part of doing the best job I can to rehab. As in the mountains, flexibility and acceptance are practiced constantly, sometimes resulting in retreat: You can and will love other sports if you have to.
Thanks for reaching out! Keep up the hard work.