It's Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

It s Not about the Bike My Journey Back to Life It is such an all American story A lanky kid from Plano Texas is raised by a feisty single parent who sacrifices for her son who becomes one of our country s greatest athletes Given that backgroun

  • Title: It's Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
  • Author: Lance Armstrong Sally Jenkins
  • ISBN: 9780425179611
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is such an all American story A lanky kid from Plano, Texas, is raised by a feisty, single parent who sacrifices for her son, who becomes one of our country s greatest athletes Given that background, it is understandable why Armstrong was able to channel his boundless energy toward athletic endeavors By his senior year in high school, he was already a professional trIt is such an all American story A lanky kid from Plano, Texas, is raised by a feisty, single parent who sacrifices for her son, who becomes one of our country s greatest athletes Given that background, it is understandable why Armstrong was able to channel his boundless energy toward athletic endeavors By his senior year in high school, he was already a professional triathlete and was training with the U.S Olympic cycling developmental team In 1993, Armstrong secured a position in the ranks of world class cyclists by winning the World Championship and a Tour de France stage, but in 1996, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer Armstrong entered an unknown battlefield and challenged it as if climbing through the Alps aggressive yet tactical He beat the cancer and proceeded to stun all the pundits by winning the 1999 Tour de France In this memoir, Armstrong covers his early years swiftly with a blunt matter of factness, but the main focus is on his battle with cancer Readers will respond to the inspirational recovery story, and they will appreciate the behind the scenes cycling information After he won the Tour, his mother was quoted as saying that her son s whole life has been a fight against the odds we see here that she was not exaggerating Brenda Barrera

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    1. This review will probably upset some people, but here it is: I had more respect for Lance Armstrong before I read this book. Now I just think he's pompous, self-absorbed, and egotistical.So you survived cancerg deal. What, do you think you deserve a friggin' cookie? People survive cancer every day. People are diagnosed every day. People are re-diagnosed every day. People suffer from treatment every day. People fight insurmountable odds every day. But nobody writes a book about them. Nobody hails [...]

    2. There is no more remarkable story of surviving cancer than Lance Armstrong's, and perhaps there is no better athlete in history. His rise from poverty and being raised by a young single mother is quite impressive too. But I have to give his memoir 2 stars, because1) He's such a cocky son of a bitch. Really, it gets quite annoying.2) He couldn't keep his marriage and family intact, especially after putting his wife through the IVF, twice. Before they even began dating, she was concerned about his [...]

    3. On Wednesday, November 17, 2004 I wrote on bookcrosing:I had to decide what to read next and decided to read this book. Although I do not like Lance Armstrong I love The Tour de France and want to know as much as I can of the event and the participants.I have heard that this is a very good book and while reading I noticed I forget the arrogant guy who treats the other cyclists with not enough respect. Now I just want to read how he dealt with the cancer and I know a lot of the names and persons [...]

    4. On second thought, Lance, I stripped the extra 4 stars I gave you when I first read the book. It just so happens that you were a big fat liar, and now feeling sorry or happy for you is really hard to do.But here's the original review of the book I wrote, when I had assumed the author was an honest and hard-working person without all the issues he developed during the Tour de France, all of which are entirely 100% his fault.---- the old review ----I picked up this book in the juice store in San J [...]

    5. دوست داشتم كتاب رو،حس ميكردي خودت هم تور دو فرانس رو داري ركاب ميزني اما نه با لباس طلايي دوچرخه سواري با لباس بيمارستان

    6. I really enjoyed this, a fascinating and inspirational read even if you’re not a cycling fan or into sports biographies. As the title states this is “not about the bike” well not completely anyways, of course the bike is always present (even on Lance’s sickest days when he could barely stand from the chemo treatments he still managed to go for a wobbly ride around the block) but I would say more than half of this story deals with Lance’s brutal battle with cancer and his miraculous rec [...]

    7. Call this revisionist history if you like, but there are consequences for completely misrepresenting yourself in print. I originally gave It's Not about the Bike 3-stars, feeling that it did a good job of explaining his fight against cancer and recovery, it came across as Lance being a bit full of himself. Oh boy, was that an understatement in retrospect.The revelations of just how low Lance Armstrong stooped to win titles and make millions sounds almost like fiction. Worse is the list of people [...]

    8. It's great that he survived cancer and all, but Lance Armstrong is a self-centered, egotistical jerk. He is so obnoxious and he doesn't even realize it. One review I read said something like "he's just smart enough to realize his story should be inspiring, but just too dumb to know why." The title is appropriate--it's not about the bike, it's about how awesome Lance is and always has been in every way! Don't waste your time reading this. That about sums it up.

    9. I read this right after my dad passed away from cancer. Lance was a hero of my dad's for some time, but I'd never seen his autobiography until I found it on my dad's shelf. Lance's drive to survive and win against all odds is an inspiration to anyone, but especially to cancer survivors & their family. It really helped me get through a difficult time, and inspired me to start doing triathlons with Team In Training (a great organization which helps benefit cancer victims). Oh - and Lance is th [...]

    10. Read this years before the doping thing came into limelight.I must admit, he is a strong man, what he has gone through the years, cannot be simply written off!Even though on performance enhancers, getting up, practicing each day, regularly, for years together, is not possible by critics, but by very few people, one of them appears to be you. Rating 3/5Cheers,

    11. If one knows the scandalous last few years of Lance Armstrong's life, with the breakdown of his marriage due to his adultery and the collapse of his legacy due to the exposure of his sophisticated doping operation, it is impossible to read this book without a feeling of ironic distance from the feel-good sentiments that Lance and his co-writer are trying to convey. That does not mean that this book is not worthwhile or even interesting, but merely that one goes into this book, or at least I did, [...]

    12. I pick up this book to read when I was feeling low with the certain things happened in my personal life. Lance, thru this book helped me realize that anything is achievable and any hurdle could be overcome. Thank you Lance.I have heard of Lance Armstrong, the man who won the Tour de France record-breaking seven times after recovering from life threatening cancer. So what I expected from this book was a fairy tale of a rider who survived cancer and became successful in the tour. But what I got wa [...]

    13. A friend of mine loaned me this book years ago; he enjoyed it and recommended that I read it. This friend had never loaned me a book before, and since he's a bit more of a jock than me, I thought I might not get the same satisfaction as he did. So I put it on my shelf and considered it from time to time over the years, but finally picked it up when there was nothing else of interest on the shelf.This book was a pleasant surprise. I have never read any sports books before, and didn't know what to [...]

    14. You will read a lot of bad reviews stating that the guy is an asshole and that the book is bad because he is a such cocky SOB. Buy you know what? if all of the people that are saying that, together, can even finish the Tour the France, they will write a book about that.Lets face it, if you can win the tour 7 consecutive times you can write a book about anything. And if, on top of that, you did that after surviving the kind of cancer that this guy had, the book can be 300 pages with just your nam [...]

    15. SoI understand that Lance is not a writer - but why hire a ghost-writer that cannot write either?That aside - "Its Not About the Bike" is a combination cancer survival against the odds/sports prodigy story/inspiration.Lance seems like an arrogant asshole, its true, but I couldn't help getting all ferclempt when he wins the tour the first timeI love cycling, I am truly fascinate by the mental and physiological processes of true athletes, and this book *did* give a little insight.Maybe with a bett [...]

    16. I started the book liking Lance Armstrong and unfortunately I ended with not liking him. I still think he is an amazing athlete that overcame many odds. But now I know that we would not get along well in real life. I think the idolized version of Armstrong as a terminal cancer survivor that came back to win the most prestigious race in cycling not once, not twice, but a record-setting 7 times is a story better told in a short news clip. When it becomes a full story written out in detail about th [...]

    17. Talk about an inspiring book. He didn't hold back any details when it came to his treatment and struggles with cancer. It makes his accomplishments with the Tour de France that much sweeter in my mind hearing what he went through. I think my biggest take home from the book is that your mindset and attitude towards struggles can make or break you. I will say that he also showed signs of being quite arrogant and prideful, but in his defense lots of competitive athletes are. If they're not going to [...]

    18. Lance Armstrong was 25 years old and starting to achieve fame and fortune on the world cycling tour, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He wrote this account in 1999, three years after the initial diagnosis, describing his fight against the disease and the highly improbably comeback that led to his victory in the 1999 Tour de France, cycling's greatest event.The book describes his youth in Texas - slight of build and not suited for the football that was the passion in his Texas hometo [...]

    19. In early 2002, I was going through a rough time--I had just dropped out of college after a semester marked by panic attacks, the inability to leave my room, and a variety of reckless behaviors, and I was convinced that my life was over. I was also convinced that my parents hated me because I was such a failure. It was in this weakened state that I agreed to read It's Not About the Bike (and, later, The Hobbit), because they were recommended by my stepmother (Bike) and my father (Hobbit), and I w [...]

    20. کتاب، خاطرات لانس آرمسترانگ از مبارزه خود با بیماری سرطان، بازگشتش به دنیای دوچرخه‌سواری و قهرمانی در تور دوفرانس است. مطالعه این کتاب که به توصیه علیرضا مجیدی (goo/5SQPjt ) انجام شد، با پخش مستندی از شبکه ورزش در تاریخ 29 تیر96 به نام دروغ آرمسترانگ همزمان شد. کاش وی به وادی دوپینگ و [...]

    21. So, Lance can't write for toffee. I guess that's fine, he's a cyclist not an author. But why hire a ghost write who's only marginally better. That's an assumption actually, maybe Lance would have done better on his ownPoints are clawed back to OK because it's a genuinely interesting story, it's just a shame that it's presented in such a wooden and smug book.

    22. Cartea originală ar merita trei stele: e povestea în stil americănesc a vieții unui sportiv care i-a inspirat pe mulți să se îndrăgostească de ciclism. OK, Lance Armstrong s-a dovedit un trișor și un mincinos, dopându-se cu nerușinare. Cele 7 victorii din Turul Franței i-au fost șterse din palmares, însă rămâne victoria asupra cancerului și revenirea la o viață normală. Și apoi, doar cine nu cunoaște ciclismul crede că dopajul te face din nimeni campion. Dopajul înseam [...]

    23. It was three years ago that I first read Lance Armstrong’s autobiography, a heart-pounding narrative that details his rise to fame and precipitous fall from grace. I wasn’t a budding endurance athlete at the time, so the chapters devoted to training didn’t resonate as closely as they could have. This time around, whenever Lance would wax athletic, I would nod with a better understanding, fully aware of the reasons people decide to go the distance.The book is informally divided into three s [...]

    24. "It's not about the bike." For some reason, those 5 words are passed from cyclist to cyclist hundreds, if not thousands of times a day. But is it rightfully so? Lance Armstrong's autobiography set out to inspire cyclists and cancer patients all around the world; and although many may have been inspired by his autobiography, I can't help but wonder how many people lost respect for a man who accomplished two of the most impossible things in the world- overcoming cancer, and winning the Tour dé Fr [...]

    25. Este libro me había gustado TANTO cuando lo leí, pero después resultó que TODO LO QUE DECÍA ARMSTRONG ERA FALSO. O, bueno, casi. Es verdad que le dio cáncer, verdad que se curó, verdad que sufrió y siguió adelante, pero es MENTIRA que NO usaba drogas para ser "mejor deportista" y un montón de otras cosas que juró DE GUATA a lo largo de sus páginas. Así de guata MAL, lleno de juicios hacia lo más "débiles" (infundados) y de superioridad (aún más infundados).La primera vez que lo [...]

    26. The strangest thing for me in reading this book was realizing that I was right in Paris when Lance won for the first time. I was eating at a restaurant with my grandparents when the Tour de France was going by. My grandfather, who doesn't speak a lick of French, was proudly trying to show off my French to the waitressI had to say something about the Tour de France to her. He didn't realize that I could barely speak French. I kept praying that she would at least pretend she understood me, and tha [...]

    27. След случаен разговор за жълтите гривни Livestrong, колоезденето и силните духом, един колега ми даде книгата да я прочета. Бях впечатлена и си я купих. Започнах да я раздавам.Докато четях отделните глави и части от живота на Ланс, чувствата ми към него непрекъснато се променяха - [...]

    28. Respect for beating cancer and becoming a great athlete, you are good at fighting battles and winning at great odds. But now your afraid of facing hostile ex dopers in an open hearing, I've list all respect for you if your truly innocent then you would crush this biased testimony.Thanks for destroying my faith in one of the worlds toughest sports, I have watched the Tour de France since 1984 and the great Robert Millar. Never again, it's a shame Bradley Wiggins win happened in the same year you [...]

    29. Despite believing that Lance Armstrong was a drug using cheat, I really enjoyed his first book "It's Not About The Bike". It was a well written, compelling story. Lance is an example for everyone not to give up, not just cyclists or cancer patients, regardless of whether he's using performance enhancing substances or not.

    30. Armstrong may have fallen into disrepute on account of the recent findings. He may have been stripped of the awards. However, his story is truly an inspiring one. There is so much to learn. Story of a man who overcame all odds, fought death and won. He won because he enjoyed the journey and never gave up.

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