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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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David
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
James
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.
David
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...more
Alastair McDermott
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...more
Nick Ravaji
"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...more
Hazel
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
Glenda
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,...more
Prashanth Reddy
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...more
Mayur
Move this to Fiction.
Reinhold
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...more
Beau Johnson
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...more
Eduardo
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...more
Derek
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
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
Candice
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
Tom
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
Michelle Lines
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
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
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...more
chucklesthescot
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. 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 speaking out against him.

I nev...more
Sheri

I read this book pretty quickly - very inspiring and eye opening to the world of a cyclist and what all that change and fame can do to an individual and their loved ones. I definitely look at Lance Armstrong now through a different perspective - I have much respect for all that he's been through and how he has handled himself through adversity and successes, for the most part.

I've always been curious about his story - one of my friends is a cyclist and really got me hooked on the Tour de France....more
Aman
Every single word of this book will inspire you to stand up for your cause.
This Book is very inspiring and eye opening to the world of a cyclist and what all that change and fame can do to an individual and their loved ones. I believe that there’s now no doubt that Armstrong has cheated and probably masterminded one of the greatest sporting frauds in the history. i honestly don't care that he used drugs, What i really do care is that he is inspirational in that he got over cancer and showed peop...more
Jason
Very inspiring book. Great insight to how Lance struggled with his early tour wins and life after beating cancer. I really enjoyed reading about his interactions with cancer patients and 9/11.
It should be noted that I really apreciated reading everything he does for his team. Coaching, motivations, recoginitions and monetary rewards. what I find interesting is that I am reading the paper today 10/14/2011 and these same teammates have turned against him and testified that he took drugs and cheate...more
Fiona
Inspiration flows with abundance while reading this book. Armstrong's account of life post-cancer delves frankly and openly into the tribulations and turbulence of his personal relationships and experiences. As well as exuding his (sometimes overwhelming) self-confidence, he often counter-balances it with the honestly expressed proverbial fire in his belly. This book is a celebratory follow up to his emotive 'It's not about the bike,' this book is a declaration of his strength. Through his zesty...more
Lori
I liked his first book better because of its detailed recount of his battle with cancer. This book backtracks a bit with the first one, then goes on to chronicle is next 3-4 Tour de France wins. Which is nothing to sneeze at, but by the end his marriage was over and he sounded like a guy trying to juggle way too many demanding things in his life -- career on the bike, cancer foundation, father/husband, motivational speaker, celebrated athlete, etc. Something's gotta give, and in this case, it wa...more
Gökçen Okdere
Bisiklet severlerin seveceği ve bisikletine daha da aşık olacağı bir kitap. Benim aşkımın depreştiği gibi.
Kevin Helm
It was not as good as It's Not About The Bike. I think this book was a bit repetitive because it kept referring back to his previous "about the bike" and was not ground breaking literature. However, I did enjoy some of the details that led up to him winning his 1995 Tour. Other good details about continually testing yourself. I think what bothered me is that his book seemed too self-absorbed in his own life. It could have been better if it reached out to the common reader by inspiring everyone t...more
Dave Hay
Read it without judgment, no matter what you think about drugs in cycling, of which there is tone, his book is about more than that.
Kay Van Slyke
Interesting read based on what we know now!!!
Jo Lynn Loewenkamp
POOH! I feel duped by having given this a good review. I remember really liking his positive attitude and believing what he did was possible without cheating, but that was many years ago..... Been thinking ill of him for a few years, with Tyler Hamilton's interview and Floyd Landis information - wondering if I should just throw this book in the trash at this point - mad I spent any money on it! Redeeming quality of the book, I believe, is motivational (just have to ignore that the motivation cam...more
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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.” 3613 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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