After 3 long tormenting weeks of being off my bike due to a badly sprained ankle, I was finally able to ride again yesterday. A beautiful Sunday day was perfect. A not-quite healed ankle would not keep me away. With my brace fully supporting my ankle from twisting, I was able to fit it into my shoe and ride away. I had to replace the clipless pedals with regular platform ones as riding clipless with a bad ankle would have been a bad idea.
The ride was a simple ride, probably no more than 20kms, but it was just right. I've been feeling cooped up and depressed the past 3 weeks and I couldn't believe how much a simple little bike ride got my spirits up immediately. I've said it before and I'll say it again, biking is one of the best forms of medicine out there. If you are depressed, stressed, edgy, road raged, out of shape, tubby., go for a bike ride. See how it works for you. I'm willing to bet it can only make you feel better.