Shelfari edited the summary of It's Not About the Bike Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
When Lance was a child, he grew up under a single mom who gave him what he needed to become a better person. From a young age, he started sports beginning with swimming and eventually biking. Soon enough he is biking everyday and focuses on becoming a bicyclist more than an educated student. He tells how he would come home do homework and bike for the rest of the night. He describes how his mother made him who he becomes because of the support and relationship she gives and has with him. Overtime, he has a biking name to himself and wins many local competitions. He catches the eye of the right people who lead him to become a better bicyclist. Eventually, he gets to the professional stage and slowly makes his way up to higher levels. He is young and arrogant with a swagger that shows he hasn’t been taught to show respect to he fellow riders. During a routine training ride, Lance discovers many signs that lead to him being diagnosed with cancer. A new stage of his life will begin. Lance is struck by the fact that he has cancer and doesn’t understand why it has happened to him. He calls all his closest friends and relatives to deliver the news. Soon enough he has the surgery to decide his life or death situation and all goes to plan. Next, Lance will under go the most difficult part of cancer itself. Chemotherapy will tear his body apart and have dangerous chemicals running all through his body. To ease the difficulty of going through chemo Lance is comforted by his racing friends, his mom, and eventual wife. He also describes he nurse and doctors as angels who save his life. Lance is much into figuring out his chances of his survival and learning about the disease living in his body so he takes steps to help himself improve his chances by being active and eating healthy. This leads to better results and better chances for Lance. After Lance’s last cycle of chemotherapy, he goes in for final tests that should decide his future. When he goes home he waits next to the phone for the call. As soon as the first ring sounds he picks up, and LaTrice Haney his nurse tells Lance his blood tests are normal. Lance has no physical trace of cancer left in his body and yet another stage of life after cancer will begin. Lance is overwhelmed with his new results and hasn’t been on a bike since his discovery of cancer. After his first few days in competition, he considers retiring from professional biking. After a streak of laziness, where he becomes out of shape and a little depressed Lance wife surprises him with a upfront conversation. On a routine morning with his wife, she confronts his laziness and asks him what she is supposed to do without a job. She calls his close friend and trainer Johan Bruyneel to help he get some motivation. Lance notices how he has been acting and plans a training routine with Johan to get back in biking shape. This works as Lance goes on to dominate his first Tour de France, breaking records and winning with sure ease. Lance and his wife get married and have a kid. He is happy to be back in bicycling and becomes a mentor for young kids with cancer. Lance captures seven back-to-back Tour de France victories something never done before.