Bobby Julich in happier days ... on his bike. (Photo: Getty Images)
There is no worse place to be -- at a bike race when you can't actually ride in it. I went to visit Team CSC and body therapist Ole Foli in Gap during Sunday's Stage 14 for treatment of the injuries I sustained earlier in the Tour de France. It was very weird. You see your teammates, say hello to them, but you feel like an outsider. Obviously, they have different priorities, and for good reason. But my main focus for being there was treatment. While Ole was able to drain a lot of the fluid in my wrist through lymphatic treatment, I am still feeling pain in my hip and adductor muscle, and I am dealing with the reality that my body is not bouncing back as quickly as I had hoped.
When you're flinching, protecting an injury by using other muscles to compensate, you feel it in other areas. I am wondering now if I was paying too much attention to my wrist injury and ignoring my limp. Did we overlook something? Normally, we cyclists ignore pain or deal with it. But now I am wondering if I need to pay more attention to my hip.
I am getting sick of taking days off from the bike. I am likely going to see a specialist over the next few days and see what my options are. If I need more time off, I might hit a point of no return condition-wise, where I'll have to take the rest of the season off. Or doctors might tell me there's nothing seriously wrong and I can return to training for the Tour of Germany. I hate to say it, but racing back into competition only to stop short of your goal isn't the most intelligent thing to do.
If I sound confused, it's because I am! I am hoping to get some answers soon. Either way, I plan to be in Paris to spend time with the team at the end of the Tour.
-- Bobby Julich