Thanks for the well wishes and advise. I am a physical therapist, so i know the importance of staying ahead of the pain game. I currently still have effect from the tibial/saph. nerve block, so am on 1 vic every 4 hours. Will see tomorrow if i go up to 2.
The surgery was planned, which was a blessing in disguise. I used to run 1-2 1/2 marathons each year, which was how i kept in shape. Over the winter, i knew that my running had to be dropped a bit so i got a bike. Now i LOVE riding. However because of the significant bone spurring and instability (which surprisingly never hurt in h.s. or college ball, and i have sprained my ankle exactly 1x 14 years ago), it even hurts at the top of the cycling spin when seatpost is set where it should be. I had to ride with it about 2cm too high all summer.
Rehab should be about 8-12 weeks for full return. Hope to return to work after 8 weeks or so, but i work in neuro rehab/brain injury, so there is significant heavy lifting.
The group i do gravel rides with in fall 2x week also ride all winter, depending on rehab i may or may not try to get out with them, they move pretty fast, and it's not worth an early return to slip and fall on an 80% ankle... the rollers are much safer.