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It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
by Lance Armstrong | Philosophy
Registered by brewski of Markham, Ontario Canada on 7/21/2004
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by brewski): permanent collection


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Journal Entry 1 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, July 21, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly:

In 1996, young cycling phenom Armstrong discovered he had testicular cancer. In 1999, he won the Tour de France. Now he's a grateful husband, a new fatherAand a memoirist: with pluck, humility and verve, this volume covers his early life, his rise through the endurance sport world and his medical difficulties. Cancer "was like being run off the road by a truck, and I've got the scars to prove it," Armstrong declares. Earlier scars, he explains, came from a stepfather he casts as unworthy; early rewards, from his hardworking mother and from the triathlons and national bike races Armstrong won as a Texas teen. "The real racing action was over in Europe": after covering that, Armstrong and Jenkins (Men Will Be Boys, with Pat Summit, etc.) ascend to the scarier challenges of diagnoses and surgeries. As he gets worse, then better, Armstrong describes the affections of his racing friends and of the professionals who cared for him. Armstrong is honest and delightful on his relationship to wife Kristin (Kik), and goes into surprising detail about the technology that let them have a child. The memoir concludes with Armstrong's French victory and the birth of their son. The book features a disarming and spotless prose style, one far above par for sports memoirs. Bicycle-racing fans will enjoy the troves of inside information and the accounts of competitions, but Armstrong has set his sights on a wider meaning and readership: "When I was sick I saw more beauty and triumph and truth in a single day than I ever did in a bike race." 


Journal Entry 2 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Saturday, August 07, 2004

8 out of 10

This was a heart-warming book to read and really made me respect Lance Armstrong's accomplishments even more. 


Journal Entry 3 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Thursday, June 23, 2005

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Holding on to this book to pass on to one of my brothers. 


Journal Entry 4 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Sunday, December 24, 2006

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I'm marking this as Reserved for the moment since I am not sure if it is in my posession, or if I mailed it off to my brother in California. 


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