Summary of months 5 and 6, in which life has been relatively normal, but sports aren’t quite available yet.
Rehab: By month five, the mobility had mostly returned, and balance was well on its way. The challenges, over these months, has been calf strength. There appears to be a lot of variability on this, but I spent most of these two months rebuilding enough calf strength to begin harder, plyometric exercises that might enable running and jumping. The good news is that most of this can be done at home; I’ve managed with seeing the therapist every other week, and otherwise doing the exercises on my own. Pool sessions helped, as de-weighted exercises helped the muscles start firing again, a necessary prelude to bringing them back to adequate strength. And at six months, I began the hopping/jumping/plyometric exercises that should allow a full return to sports, perhaps by month 8 or so.
Life: Very close to normal throughout. A little soreness after long, steep walks, but nothing that really affects my day-to-day life.
Sports: As with the earlier months, no running or jumping (for want of calf strength), so these months just saw a bit of weightlifting, biking and similarly stable fare. But at just about the six month mark, I started surfing again, after spending some time practicing my pop-ups to make sure the leg could handle it (repeated burpees, basically). I’ve also restarted modified Crossfit workouts, with substitutions for all the running and jumping, at about the six-month mark. So more or less as hoped, perhaps a few weeks behind the schedule I’d desired.