Earlier this week, my amateur diagnosis was that I had a Hip Pointer. I can now rule that out. It is most likely a hip flexor strain of some sort. It probably began at Bridge to Bridge, and I aggravated it further on the next couple of rides.
I have been resting my legs as much as possible, icing my hip occasionally, and taking an anti-inflammatory drug. At times this week I have noticed significant improvement; at others, it has felt more painful than ever. On Friday, I told someone that my chances of riding were 50/50.
Over the last day, I have improved a great deal. I have more flexibility, which is good. There is still pain when I extend my leg outward, which is not good. Even though it remains an issue, I will definitely ride tomorrow. I should finish too, but maybe not as quickly as I would otherwise.
This morning I dropped by the Assault on Little Mountain to help with registration, and get them off the road. They had a good turnout, over 100 miles. It was easier this year to not ride, knowing what awaited me the next day.
After a three-hour drive, I was in Grand Central Dahlonega. It was a madhouse, but in a good way. I parked far away, grabbed my packet, schmoozed around the expo, had some ice cream (!), and watched two Criterium races. Before I knew it, the entire day had passed by.
It was a good day. Very organized, and a lot of fun. Tomorrow will hurt.