Monday, September 18, 2006

It's Not About the Bike, My Journey Back to Life

I would like to share a good book I read a few years back by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins, "It's Not About the Bike, My Journey Back to Life." Pardon me for my language.

This is an Autobiography of Lance Armstrong. So who is he? What is so great about him? Lance Armstrong is a Four-time winner of the Tour De France, a cancer survivor, husband, father and a son. It is a very inspiring book.

The book goes about how as a young teenager, he discovered his future as an athlete. At 15, he was already competing against a field of experienced older athletes in Triathlon event and finished 32nd, shocking the other competitors and spectators, who couldn't believe a 15 year-old had held up over the course. During a press coverage, he said that in a few years he'll be right at the top and within 10 years he'll be the best.

People thought he was hilariously cocky. However the following year, he finished 5th. From there, he started his career as a cyclist; how from an amateur cyclist who do not know much about the concept of pacing or tactics and offending other riders and making enemies in the competition where everyone 'gang' up to prevent him from winning the competition. Very interesting culture I got to know from the book about cycling competition, the teamwork in the races; how each and everyone in the race got a part to play.

From there, he went on to become a Professional cyclist in Europe where most of the cycling scene is. Where he eventually won one stage in the Tour De France (a race around the perimeter of France which consists of many stages stretching across week and having to make some of the worse climbs) at the young age of 21 and being the youngest in history to win a stage in Tour De France.

It was when he about to reach his peak that he discovered he has cancer.

Straight away, everything turned upside down. First it was his career as a rider, then it was his life at state. Suddenly he realised everything was gone.

Read about his fight against cancer; the Chemotherapy treatment and you think through, "Hey, what's the big deal about the things I am going through now compared to him."

Of cos, he survived cancer. But read about how life gotten worse after that. How he lived in fear of it coming back again. How it nearly ruined his life. How the support of the people around him pulled him through and how the journey back was like for him to go back riding and eventually winning the Tour De France and not only win but a four-time winner of it. All from his own experience.

A great inspiring story of Courage, Love and Support.

It's Not About the Bike, My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins
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