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Every Second Counts

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In Paris on 25 July 1999, Lance Armstrong made world headlines with the most stunning comeback in the history of sport, winning the Tour de France in the fastest ever time after battling against life-threatening testicular cancer just eighteen months previously. A few months after that historic victory, he became a father for the first time. His first book, It's Not About ...more
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Dec 21, 2009 David rated it really liked it
This is an author that I wanted to hate, when I was half way through the book, because much of what he says comes off sounding arrogant and self-centered. He talks of his accomplishments, his ceaseless drive, how unfairly he was treated by those who thought he was doping, his generosity, his many homes, and then goes on to describe how he’s “just a regular guy” (like the reader is suppose to believe that he really believes that.) But I have to concede that his incredible accomplishments entitle ...more
While the previous biography, It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, had the redeeming feature of being about his impressive return from cancer to not only return to competitive professional cycling, but to win the Tour de France. This sequel suffers from the same poor ghost writing, but without any story. While the first book was a story, the story of his fight, this book is more of a recruitment pamphlet for the cult of Lance.
Nov 22, 2008 David rated it really liked it
This book takes up where the first ("It's Not About the Bike") left off. Armstrong briefly reviews his bout with testicular cancer, and then talks about the next several years of his life, including the second through fifth of his consecutive "Tour de France" victories. There's much more detail in this volume about the cycling experience itself - training, how a team works together, the races, the traditions and emotions. It's a great "look behind the scenes."

Unfortunately, Armstrong spent a goo
Alastair McDermott
Feb 25, 2013 Alastair McDermott rated it liked it
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.

Of course "It's Not About The Bike" was not near enough to dissuade me that Lance's actions on Stage 18 of TDF 2004 were anything but the actions of a bully forcing a smaller ma
Apr 28, 2016 Prashant added it
Shelves: inspirational
This one is again a great book by lance and for me this book is more about telling the life of an athlete and what does he goes about in his life -How he balances his family, friends, and cycling.

This book starts -once the lance won his 1st title in the race and is is getting ready for the next one and how he keeps winning till the time he ends up winning his 5th title.

While there are surely few instances where he gives you advise for life i.e. 'You may not be able to solve the world problem tho
Nick Ravaji
Jun 17, 2009 Nick Ravaji rated it really liked it
"So it looks as thought I'm going to live - at least for another 50 years or more. But whenever I need to reassure myself of this, as I sometimes do.."

Armstrong's second book is a remarkably balanced account of his attempt to adjust to an 'ordinary' life after his extraordinary battle against cancer and subsequent win of the Tour de France with the US Postal team.

Lance does a commendable job at describing the difficulties that he encounters in trying to fulfill his roles as husband; father; canc
May 03, 2012 Hazel rated it really liked it
Every Second Counts, by Lance Armstrong, tells the story of his life after he overcame cancer. Armstrong is a seven-time Tour De France winner, which is arguably the hardest cycling race on the planet. He wrote this book in collaboration with Sally Jenkins, a sports writer. It is the second book by Lance Armstrong, after he wrote his first autobiography, “It’s Not About The Bike”. I was unaware of a second book until, by chance, I stumbled upon it. I think that it is an injustice to have this bo ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Glenda rated it really liked it
I did not read the Spanish version, though that's what seems to come up here... :)

Rather than a review, just posting some of my favorite quotes from the book to "preserve them".

"What it teaches is this: pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever."

"Mortal illness, like most personal catastrophes, comes on suddenly. There's no great sense of foreboding, no premonition, you just wake up one morning and something's wrong in your lungs, or your liver, or your bones. But near-death cleared the decks,
Thomas Melnik
Jan 14, 2015 Thomas Melnik rated it really liked it
As a follow-up to "It's Not About the Bike", this book continues to deliver an interesting story of this athlete's journey. Be sure to read the first book before this one. I'd give it 5 stars, but we now know that the entire story was not told here. So, I am eagerly awaiting Lance's next book. I'm hoping that one will be a tell-all soul-bearing story that will put these two books in perspective.
Prashanth Reddy
Oct 09, 2012 Prashanth Reddy rated it really liked it
I read this book while I was visiting India to attend my brother's funeral (who mysteriously/inexplicably passed away at a very young age of 39 yrs). I was trying to get a grip of life as it seemed so uncertain. This book did help me in some ways to restore some sanity in me.

The author says cancer was the best thing that ever happened to him!! It helped him understand his priorities in life. When one reads this book, one can realize that we need not wait for some bad things to happen so as to un
Kole Hart
Apr 27, 2016 Kole Hart rated it really liked it
The book I read was called Every Second Counts. Lance Armstrong himself wrote this book. The genre of this book was auto biography. I know this because Lance Armstrong himself wrote this book about himself. This book took place all over the world, but it mainly took place it Lance's home in Austin Texas. I know this because I read the book and because this is where Lance did most of his practicing. This book is about how Lance trained to win and won the three Tour De France tours. The book was ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Jean rated it liked it
Whilst sometimes repetitive, it is very humorous reading post- drug scandal.

Taking PED's is considered wrong, in poor taste and unfair or unsporting in competitions- despite this it is clear that every year professional athletes take performance enhancing drugs. Is it possible to beat someone at professional level who is on PED's when your not? Is it fair for the clean athletes? Do the clean athletes win? Its all training and hard work right?

Lance survived 7 different types of cancer and won th
Akshat Solanki
Dec 17, 2015 Akshat Solanki rated it really liked it
This book is the autobiography of the famous athlete Lance Armstrong.
He has written down each and everything about his practice session, his exercise routines, his diet, his motivation, his teammates, his opponents, his doctor, his wife, his children, each and everything happened in life has been portrayed with a reason for him to keep cycling regularly.
He has written down the thrill of the cycle race, and with his own words, it looks real than what we watch in TVs.
It motivates you.
I forgot to a
Peter Harrington
Feb 03, 2015 Peter Harrington rated it it was amazing
Great motivational book. Regardless of what you may think of Lance Armstrong this is a recommended read for sure! I too was one of those persons who was always inspired by Lance's great story of overcoming cancer to becoming a multiple times winner of the Tour De France and then very disappointed with him when the truth about his drug use came out. I feel after reading this book I understand even more about Lance and don't feel so disappointed about his actions; he is only human and what human d ...more
Ashlynn Ferguson
Mar 25, 2015 Ashlynn Ferguson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10th-grade-books
Haha okay, I know he doped to cheat in the Tour de France and all, I definitely do not support THAT; however, I still find his story incredible and inspiring. I loved that his book wasn't focused on his cancer story, but instead he acknowledges all of the mistakes he's made (well, all except the doping part..)and how by noticing those mistakes, he has been able to improve himself as an individual and strengthen his family relationships. It really teaches the reader overall to not take the blessi ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Mayur rated it did not like it
Move this to Fiction.
Dec 11, 2008 Reinhold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Das Buch der Leiden - Teil 2

Das hier vorliegende Buch ist der zweite Teil der Autobiografie des Lance Armstrong. Wie schon im ersten Band (Tour des Lebens) schreibt er gemeinsam mit der Sportjournalistin Sally Jenkins.

Ging es im ersten Band vor allem um die Kindheit und Jugend, den Kampf mit dem Krebs bis hin zum ersten Erfolg bei der Tour de France, so findet man hier nun vor allem eine ausführliche Beschreibung seiner Erfolge bei der Tour de France in den Jahren 2000 bis 2003. Wenngleich es ma
Beau Johnson
Sep 06, 2009 Beau Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
This, as it appears Lance's life continues to be, is a book about what cancer cannot do. In his own words (pg. 133), Lance says regarding his time with people fighting cancer, "In the end, all I could do was try to encourage their attitude and will, try to talk about what cancer couldn't do. I couldn't take away your spirituality, or your intelligence,. It couldn't take away your love."

I am a Lance fan, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading his second book. I love the story of the Alpe d'Huez and of t
Dec 21, 2011 Eduardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-coaches
I spent less time reading this book than Lance spends in the saddle on a given day but that hardly makes this a bad book, just a fast read. As with It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, I read this book almost all in one night, then woke up the next morning and finished it off. As with the previous book, it is incredibly readable and pages fly by.

Reading this book in 2011 forces a different perspective and more thought than if one had read it in 2004. Lance is under investigation aga
Jul 26, 2011 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every Second Counts brings us up-to-date on what happened to Lance Armstrong after he survived testicular cancer and went back to competitive cycling to win the Tour de France. He has since fathered three children (a son and twin daughters) using sperm saved from before his cancer treatments, won four more Tour de France races, become a world-renowned celebrity, been investigated for and cleared of "doping" his body, stayed clean from cancer, become a noted cancer advocate and developed a rocky ...more
Jacob Marsh
Feb 16, 2013 Jacob Marsh rated it it was amazing
I extremely enjoyed this book, even knowing Lance Armstrong was a drug cheat, i think it made it all the more interesting to read. This book is so inspiring as it show Lance's tremendous battle with cancer. He writes it in such a way that it feels as if Lance is their telling you this story because he has written it with so much depth and emotion. I know when i'm reading the book that he isn't the only person to have survived cancer in the world but the fact is that he made an amazing comeback t ...more
Jun 15, 2007 Candice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Much less powerful than the first book . . . but then again, how could it not be? The cancer stuff really makes the first book moving, and (kind of awful to say) it's just not as interesting without the life-or-death urgency of the cancer storyline. People who read the first book wanted more, but this book was a poor attempt at that. It was clearly written on a tight time scale and dealt with topics that couldn't possibly be as amazing as those in the first . . . everything in the book is, by ne ...more
Aug 12, 2010 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Armstrong's second book. The first one focused more on his recovery from cancer, while this one talks more about his life afterward. Certainly, he has been a great force in the bicycle racing community. Has anyone ever watched one of these multi-week national bike races? These races are fascinating – I’ve seen parts of the Italian race several times, and like to see the Tour on TV. His dedication to his sport, the training, and winning is amazing. He certainly applies a lot of energy to slamming ...more
Nov 25, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A therapeutic story of life, determination and discipline of the will. Knowing one's self proved to be the greatest venture that is not possible without the other. An individual needs a community, wherein he builds his strength, not just for his own, but also for his fellow. It is an autobiography that served well of its purpose. And the author's life-changing philosophy deserves an applause.

However, the end does not justify the means. Whatever he'd confessed on the latter years, must yes, be su
Feb 08, 2015 chucklesthescot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true, sport
This was not anywhere near as interesting as the first book. It seemed to focus more on the everyday life of Lance after his first Tour de France win and I wasn't really that interested in hearing endless stories about him jumping down waterfalls because he is a tough guy. He sounded like areal asshole. It didn't help that the book was started just before all the latest allegations against him made the news and it is difficult to keep an open mind reading his account when all those witnesses are ...more
Michelle Lines
Jan 06, 2013 Michelle Lines rated it liked it
This book wasn't what I was expecting, or more accurately, what I wanted it to be. I was hoping to learn more about how he dealt with the emotional aftermath that inevitably accompanies being a cancer survivor, specifically during the critical five years following his remission. A large portion of the book was dedicated to recapping his various Tour wins, which, while interesting to read about, just left me even more conflicted in my opinion of Lance 'the athlete', in light of all the doping all ...more
Siddharth Mohapatra
Feb 02, 2014 Siddharth Mohapatra rated it really liked it
It's easy to get lost in Lance's perpetual crib about balancing personal and professional life and constant harrasment by drug testers, perpetual fear of remission - you feel for him but equally that section of the book can tire you. For me the book really came alive in the last 2-3 chapters where he painstakingly describes his day by day account of the 2002 and 2003 tours which he won - the way he rode, psychology, team strategy , conditions and the painful reality of cycling day in and day out ...more
The first book was inspiring and what makes this series most attractive is that it takes from the real-life experiences and struggles. Watch out this speace and I will tell you how this second in the series fares!!!!

Billiant book yet again. A must read. I soon will be reading the next in the series.
Martin Sidgreaves
Following on from "It's Not About The Bike" this book follow Lance's cycling career after cancer including insights into his tour de France victories up to and including his fifth.

It's concentrates mainly on how his life changes after beating cancer and how this drove him to prove his doubters wrong, win the TDF several times, life with children and of course his formation of the Livestrong Foundation to help support other cancer sufferers, survivors & their families.

As entertaining a read a
Sep 21, 2015 Babs rated it it was ok
The second Lance Armstrong autobiography. This time he traces his come-back to professional cycling after his cancer treatment; the prejudices he faced; personal pressures and setting up the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Not quite as good as the first book, but a great read nonetheless.
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Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. He had won the Tour de France seven consecutive times, from 1999 to 2005, but in 2012 he was disqualified from all his results since August 1998 for using and distributing performance-enhancing drugs and banned from professional cycling for life. Previously, he also survived testicular cancer, a g ...more
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“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” 4311 likes
“When you win, you don't examine it very much, except to congratulate yourself. You easily, and wrongly, assume it has something to do with your rare qualities as a person. But winning only measures how hard you've worked and how physically talented you are; it doesn't particularly define you beyond those characteristics.

Losing on the other hand, really does say something about who you are. Among other things it measures are: do you blame others, or do you own the loss? Do you analyze your failure, or just complain about bad luck?

If you're willing to examine failure, and to look not just at your outward physical performance, but your internal workings, too, losing can be valuable. How you behave in those moments can perhaps be more self-defining than winning could ever be. Sometimes losing shows you for who you really are.”
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