Nobody said being injured was easy. It has now been a month since my last ride, most of which was spent on the couch. Oddly enough, I’m close to the point when I was first injured that I started training again. That’s not happening now.
The first four weeks have been a challenge. For starters, this injury became a lot more painful than it ever had been. I think part of the reason was that I was off NSAIDs, which I had been chewing like candy when I thought the injury was hip flexor related. Anti-inflammatory drugs obstruct bone healing, so that was the first change I had to make. The pain became worse after the MRI, so I think that positioning set me back even further. On top of that, knowing this is a stress fracture and paying attention to my body counts for something. Before I didn’t listen to my body. I would just try to get it warm and train. Over this 4-week stretch, I’ve been listening to it, and it has hurt.
After the first few days, I grabbed some crutches and started using one to support weight on my right side. It was a Godsend. The hip was still in pain, but it was a lot easier. I’ve gotten around pretty well with the crutch, walking it in stride with my right foot to absorb most of the impact.
Fortunately, week after week, the pain has improved. The first couple weeks had me taking a lot of Tylenol and occasional pain pills. Now I barely need either. I still feel something down there that is bothersome and uncomfortable, but I would not describe it as painful most of the time. The crutches will probably be gone within a week or two. The doctor said I am best using them until I can walk without a limp. My walking is now better, but I’m not there yet.
I had decided to wait until the pain improved before doing any cardio. At first the plan was to start with light swimming next week. It is possible there would be no consequences, but since things are still not feeling settled, I’d rather not risk another setback. I’ll keep resting until my appointment on January 28th. After that will depend on how everything has healed, but I am hopeful that I can begin rehabbing and slowly getting fitness back.
The next three weeks will unquestionably be easier than the last four, and knowing that comfort and recovery are coming soon will keep me motivated. My eyes are still on the prize.