I just happened along this thread. I had an almost identical experience... and seeing your mention of westchester county trails I read up on your story. It sounds like you're in a good place right now and I'm happy to hear of the positive outlook and environment you are in now.
In late 2008 (sept.) I also had a spiral fracture. At Graham Hills - not known to be super-technical but I was jumping (ghetto jumps) and took off wrong, landed wronger. Foot stuck in pedal and weight of body/bike folding on top. Was immediately aware I busted myself and very pissed I just ended my season. Long story short, 10 days before surgery, 5 months before riding in the woods again. Likely very similar internal hardware, rehab, and lots of mental massaging before riding at the same level I was at before. Regaining the confidence has been the trickiest. Knowing the skills are there and it's a game of mind over matter, (so to speak) I think may just be a constant in my life since that point in 2008.
That said, I do feel very confident again on the bike... but I was single then, so aside from a severely inconvenienced roommate the only battles I faced with riding again were my own. I am married now with a toddler so you can bet it's always in the back of my mind every time I am faced with a challenging portion of trail, or trail feature. Sometimes I skip, sometimes I ride it. I definitely consider the physical recovery the easier part, while the mental aspect was/is the hardest to conquer.
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