Day 114: Book review: Lance Armstrong’s “It’s Not About the Bike”

27 04 2010

Tonight, we hosted our monthly book group – a group of 12-15 friends (all women) who get together each month to discuss various books we’ve read (or are currently reading) and to eat a lot of chocolate. (Providing chocolate is a requirement of whoever hosts that month.) It’s been a while since I did a book review on this blog, so I thought I’d post one tonight.

This past weekend I finished reading Lance Armstrong’s “It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life.” Published in 2000 after Lance’s Stage 3 testicular cancer diagnosis, the book addresses his diagnosis, his treatment and his training to get back on the bike.

It’s amazing to think that someone can be given a 3 percent chance of survival and can come back not only to their previous physical form, but to even better form and go on to win seven Tours de France. At one point, he mentions that his mother would always tell him to “make every obstacle an opportunity.” Something we could all benefit from. I’ve been a big fan of Lance for quite a while, so I thought this book was fascinating. It provides details about many aspects of Lance’s life: his early cycling career and training, the close relationship with his mother and later with his wife Kik, his cancer diagnosis, his treatment, and his desire (and training required) to return to racing. Since its founding in 1997, the Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised over $250 million for cancer support, survivorship and research. According to LAF’s website, “80 cents of every dollar donated to the LAF has supported our cancer survivorship programs and initiatives to make cancer a national priority.” Whether you like Lance or not, you have to agree that he’s done good things and helped a lot of people with the fundraising.

I didn’t track my food and calories today, so I’ve got nothing to report. I’ll start again tomorrow.

Life is a journey. Enjoy the ride.

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