Thursday my doctor gave me the all-clear to do whatever I wanted "as tolerated." This, to me, means, if it hurts a little, it's still okay, so go for it!
I couldn't wait to get back on my bike, as you well know. And the weather was going to cooperate, too. It was in the mid-60's by mid-morning Friday, so I loaded up my bike and headed to the greenway. Finally got to use my new bike rack, using the adapter bar for my bike that I got for Christmas. It fits nicely, although I had to make some adjustments to get it just right. I drove to the flattest part of the greenway, parked and got on my bike. There was a moment or two of trepidation as I flexed my foot and pushed off for the first time, but once I was moving, I was fine. It felt wonderful to be moving like that again, and my legs fell into rhythm and I had no trouble. I rode at a moderate pace for about 2 1/2 miles, then took the trip back at a more leisurely pace. I didn't want to overdo it, and to be honest my knees aren't all that happy for me right now.
Today I rode 9 miles, the first half working the legs pretty hard, the second half a much more lazy pace. The legs feel fine, the ankle feels fine, so I'm going to work back up to my 15 miles over the next week or so, weather permitting.
It feels great to be up and moving again, great to be active. Now I can get back to my plans of getting back in shape, losing a little weight, and overall just taking good care of myself. I need to do this for myself!