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Diagnosis: Broken Hip


Today was the day I would get the results of the MRI. After doing plenty of internet research, I figured that the best case scenario was further inflammation of the same hip flexor strain that my General Practitioner had diagnosed months back. The worst case scenario would be a tear somewhere in my hip labrum. Depending on the severity, that could require surgery. Whatever it was, I was looking forward to getting an answer and starting the path towards recovery.

It turned out to be neither of those.

“How does the hip feel?” the doctor asked. A little sore today, but not as bad as this last week.

He came right out and said it. “You have a Femoral Head Stress Fracture.”

Wow, I thought, not really understanding what he said. It turns out the fracture is in the plate of my hip, the right side, not far from the socket (labrum) that connects to the pelvis. He said that the labrum is also off, which points to another injury. Whatever I did to that poor hip, I did it real good.

He asked questions about my activities, trying to figure out how this happened. I never noticed a snap or any moment where this could have happened. He said that it’s more common with running because of the impact. When we discussed some of my rides in a little more detail, he said that it could have happened when riding out of the saddle on a steep climb. That is when I would be most at risk for this type of injury. That jives with my Grandfather Mountain theory.

The only prescription right now is rest, and lots of it. I will not even think about treatment for the next six weeks. The only activity that is at all acceptable is swimming or upper body exercises.

My first question was whether my plans in France are still possible. Yes, he said, with some work. We’ll revisit this again at the end of January, and I’ll work myself back into shape slowly. The goal is to resume training sometime in March. Since the event is in the late summer, my recovery fits within the training timeline.

Even though this is somewhat of a bummer, I am relieved. Finally I can stop training and aggravating this injury, which to be frank, has not been a lot of fun. The next time I ride, it won’t be on a broken hip, and it’ll feel a lot better.

Whatever happens, this story ends in the Alps.

This One Goes to Eleven

Over the last two weeks, my volume has increased dramatically. That’s why I have been neglecting blog updates and have pretty much abandoned all social networking activities (Sorry Twitter, Facebook followers and blogger friends). The last few weeks have been about getting rides in when I can. Since I am also a husband, an employee, and a student, that has left scarce time for anything else.

How much volume? A lot, trust me. Ever since my hamstring scare, I have been averaging about 250 miles per week. Before my Tuesday/Thursday group rides I’ve had my own little solo pre-rides, where I get anywhere from 25-30 miles. After the group ride I end up with 55-60, the last half of which are strenuous and spirited. A couple evenings I have arrived home with a higher mileage than temperature reading on my Garmin.

The heavy volume period is going to last one more week. My mountain plans for tomorrow are going to fall through due to potential weather, so I will be riding Tour de Lake again, which I enjoyed last year. That will be a slow century for me.

After some weekday rides, I’ll cap my training period with a 3-day weekend at Table Rock State Park. I’ll be with a dozen other cyclists, who I will ride with on Friday and Sunday. On Saturday I will be participating in Issaqueena’s Last Ride.

Last year I couldn’t have imagined myself capable of this sort of volume. There have been two things that have really made the difference. The first is a new type of recovery drink. As soon as I arrive home, I prepare a cup of whey protein, soy milk, organic fruit juice, ice and water, mixed together. The taste and temperature hit the spot after a hard ride, but more importantly, it really does get the muscles in recovery mode.

The second thing is foam rolling. I have a humongous foam roller that I used to stretch out in the evenings in front of the TV. To supplement that, I use a rolling pin on my quads and hammies. I work most of the tension out and generally feel refreshed and ready to ride the next day. Even on days when I take a rest, I feel that I could be riding.

It has been a successful training season for me. Soon I’ll be slowing down, tapering, and preparing to tackle the big mountain once again.