“What ever your 100% looks like, give it.” – Lance Armstrong
Just finished reading Lance Armstrong’s “It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life” on my Amazon Kindle which is way more convenient than carrying a book around. Was able to download the book using the WIFI feature, which was nice.
Picked that quote to summarize the book. To me it explains everything you need to know about Lance, his philosophy on life and how he inspires others to do great things. All you have to do in life is give 100%, no matter what it looks like. There is no prejudice in him, as long as you do the work then you have nothing to be ashamed of. Even if you don’t succeed, at least you will know that you gave it all.
The book itself is well written and is very interesting. It provides you with Lance Armstrong’s detailed history, from his childhood troubles, to his early start in triathlons, the cancer that taught him to live, and an improbable comeback to cycling that many people, including Lance, did not think was possible. Throughout the book you see the man that is now Lance Armstrong form piece by piece. There is also a very nice recap of Armstrong’s first two Tour de France wins. You get a little peek at what’s going on during the tour, between the teams, riders and the media.
The cancer that threatened to take away his life, taught him to live life to the fullest, to take care of himself, and take care of others. It seems that Armstrong was brought to this world to endure, be born again and live to tell others, encourage them and inspire.
Think what you want of Lance but when he was winning the Tour de France in the years of 1999-2005, I became a cycling fan and started cycling, which later brought me to triathlons. When I learned about the Armstrong foundation, I became aware and in my opinion that is why he is still here now, to spread the word and get people involved.