The #1 New York Times bestseller with legs as strong as its author's. Lance Armstrong is one of the most talked about- and inspirational-sports figures of all time. He was Sports Illustrated 's 2002 Sportsman of the Year-and now, after his record-shattering string of Tour de France... read more
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... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
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.
“"People die. That truth is so disheartening that at times I can't bear to articulate it. Why should we go on, you might ask? Why don't we all just stop and lie down where we are? But there is another truth, too. People live. It's an equal and opposing truth. People live, and in the most remarkable ways."”Lance Armstrong
“"There was a purpose to everything I did. Kik and I lived day in and day out with only two things in mind: the Tour de France and having a healthy baby. Anything else was secondary, an unnecessary distraction. But there was a sort of peace in the simplicity of our dedication"”Lance Armstrong
“"I can deliver motivation, inspiration, hope, courage, and counsel, but I can't answer the unknowable. Personally, I don't need to try. I'm content with simply being alive to enjoy the mystery."”Lance Armstrong
PAIN IS TEMPORARY. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.Highlighted by 194 Kindle customers
To believe, when all along we humans know that nothing can cure the briefness of this life, that there is no remedy for our basic mortality, that is a form of bravery.Highlighted by 104 Kindle customers
There is a point in every race when a rider encounters his real opponent and understands that it’s himself.Highlighted by 103 Kindle customers
“I would just like to say one thing. If you ever get a second chance in life for something, you’ve got to go all the way.”Highlighted by 98 Kindle customers
The definition of courage is: the quality of spirit that enables one to encounter danger with firmness and without fear.Highlighted by 98 Kindle customers
If there is a defining characteristic of a man as opposed to a boy, maybe it’s patience.Highlighted by 89 Kindle customers
“Make every obstacle an opportunity.” And that’s what we did.Highlighted by 73 Kindle customers
What are my chances? It was a question I would repeat over and over. But it was irrelevant, wasn’t it? It didn’t matter, because the medical odds don’t take into account the unfathomable. There is no proper way to estimate somebody’s chances, and we shouldn’t try, because we can never be entirely right, and it deprives people of hope. Hope that is the only antidote to fear.Highlighted by 64 Kindle customers
What makes a great endurance athlete is the ability to absorb potential embarrassment, and to suffer without complaint. I was discovering that if it was a matter of gritting my teeth, not caring how it looked, and outlasting everybody else, I won. It didn’t seem to matter what the sport was—in a straight-ahead, long-distance race, I could beat anybody. If it was a suffer-fest, I was good at it.Highlighted by 56 Kindle customers
“Make every negative into a positive,” as my mother says. Nothing goes to waste, you put it all to use, the old wounds and long-ago slights become the stuff of competitive energy.Highlighted by 52 Kindle customers