It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
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...more
So you survived cancer...big 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...more
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...more
Докато четях отделните глави и части от живота на Ланс, чувствата ми към него непрекъснато се променяха - ту ми се струваше егоист, отворко, самохвалко, ту му се възхищавах колко упорит, смел и борбен тип е. Животът му е чудо и стискане на зъби. Голям късмет е да имаш такива хора до себе си - амбициозна майка, всеотдайна ж...more
This book was a pleasant surprise. I have never read any sports books before, and didn't know what to...more
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...more
1) 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...more
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...more
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 time...I love cycling, I am truly fascinate by the mental and physiological processes of true athletes, and this book *did* give a little insight.
The book describes his youth in Texas - slight of build and not suited for the football that was the passion in his Texas hometo...more
Oh - and Lance is th...more
If only it were all true, though! In the book he sounds so offended that people say he cheated. We...more
When Yuvraj Singh survived from his cancer, recovered and started giving interviews, the one thing that continuously gave him inspiration that we kept hearing was the book "It's Not About the Bike My Journey Back to Life" written by World-champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong. Lance Armstrong himself survived Cancer and went on winning 7 Tour De France which, recently, this year, has been taken away from him because he accepted that he doped during the races. It shocked even Yuvraj Singh who saw hi...more
Lance's fortitude in the face of adversity is inspiring. He does come off as a bit of a jerk and an egomaniac in several places--...more
I had read it when Lance Armstrong was still a respectable name, highly respectable indeed. The book brings across a man of determination and very strong will. That is where the 'review proper' of the book has to end and the question begins as to how the propensity of taking (calculated) risks is so pronounced in strong willed men. And how the moral view point at a given stage in life is in so much deviation from those held by others and the ones held...more
People around the world have found inspiration in the story of Lance Armstrong--a world-class athlete nearly struck down by cancer, only to recover and win the Tour de France, the multiday bicycle race famous for its grueling intensity. Armstrong is a thoroughgoing Texan jock, and the changes brought to his life by his illness are startling and powerful, but he's just not interested in wearing a hero suit. While his vocabulary is a bit on the he-man side (highest compliment to...more
English Language Arts Grade 9 Teacher: Ms. Borod
Lower Canada College Classroom: L208
“I was a world-class athlete with a mansion on a riverbank, keys to a Porsche and a self-made fortune in the bank”. This was the lifestyle Lance Armstrong was used to. It seems that he had it all, and in a way he did. But soon, none of his possessions would matter to him because he would return to his home in Texas and be diagnosed with testicular cancer. The cancer spread to his lungs and his brain and...more
The book that i read was called It’s Not About The Bike. This is a book about Lance Armstrong's journey about cancer. I think this book is very inspiring because it tells about how he was able to fight through cancer and was able to still ride his bike after. This book is also very sad because it shows how fast you can be at the top of the world (not literally) and then you can lose it all. This is very sad because he had everything going for him but he got cancer and lost...more