Tour d’Apple was a test. The cortisone shot was last Thursday, and the doctor said that it could possibly wipe out the entire injury. I might feel completely normal. The first few days were sore. I attributed that feeling to the shot, but I was still a little worried heading into Monday. As I started the ride, the soreness stayed with me until I warmed up, and then it was gone for the remainder of the 103 miles.
The soreness came back the next day. At first it was a creeping pain, and then it became worse. My hip started clicking, locking, and when I move it from side to side in a certain motion, it would make a crunching sound.
Now, a few days later, and the pain feels like it did a few months ago when I was first recovering from the stress fracture. It could go away once I rest, but this is not a good sign for the diagnosis. If symptoms persisted after the shot, then the doctor alluded that it was probably a skeletal issue – probably that impingement interacting with the torn labrum.
So what’s next? For starters, I won’t be riding Tour de Round O this weekend. Beyond that is up in the air until I either feel better or get some answers at my next doctor appointment, a week from Monday. My hope is that I can still ride the Parkway, and I think I have the fitness for it, but I’m going to first make sure that it won’t do further damage.
My guess is that the path is getting closer to surgery, even if the doctors haven’t talked about concrete plans yet. Honestly, after a year of dealing with this mess, I’m ready to get it behind me. If that means surgery, then bring it on.
On a lighter note, here are some pictures of me on this past Monday’s ride taken by others. I think they came out well. So many of my pictures are taken from the bike, that I hadn’t realized how few selfies there are on this blog.
It may not be the news I wanted, but at least I’ve been able to have some good times despite being injured. There’ll be more to come.