I’m surprised; I really expected more emotion.
Today I finally got my knee to tolerate the full cycle of motion for pedaling my bike. I kinda knew it was gonna happen, so I had time to put on my peaceful determination. It took a few tries for me to learn how to relax the muscles at the critical point around the top of the stroke, but once I got going I grabbed my helmet and gloves and headed out across the neighborhood.
In the end it was just a little less than a mile. Yes, I could have ridden farther, but I want my knee to adjust gradually, not seize up from over-use. From here on out, though, I think it will be far less pain than walking. Four months and one day after the collision and surgery, I’m back on my wheels — new wheels at that.
Rejoice with me!