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It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2001

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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 gruelling 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 his wife: "she's a stud"), his actions will melt the most hard-bitten souls: a cancer foundation and benefit bike ride, his astonishing commitment to training that got him past countless hurdles, loyalty to the people and corporations that never gave up on him. There's serious medical detail here, which may not be for the faint of heart; from chemo to surgical procedures to his wife's in vitro fertilization, you won't be spared a single x-ray, IV drip, or unfortunate side effect. Athletes and coaches everywhere will benefit from the same extraordinary detail provided about training sessions--every aching tendon, every rainy afternoon, and every small triumph during his long recovery is here in living colour. It's Not About the Bike is the perfect title for this book about life, death, illness, family, setbacks, and triumphs, but not especially about the bike. --Jill Lightner, Amazon.com -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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“Beautiful… It is a book for sports fans and sports haters, for cycling enthusiasts and those who haven’t ridden a bike since childhood, for cancer patients and the healthiest of the healthy, for anyone who has ever overcome odds…It’s not about the bike, or about the sport. It’s about the soul.”—Cincinnati Enquirer

“Lance Armstrong does things in a big way. Other people write books about the long road back from cancer, or the physical and emotional trauma of infertility, or the experience of growing up without a father, or the determination it takes to win the most important bicycle race in the world. Armstrong lays claim to all of it, and the result is a pretty terrific book…Armstrong’s book is both inspiring and entertaining. He doesn’t whine, doesn’t sugar-coat the tough parts and doesn’t forget to thank the good people who helped him most along the way.”—Denver Rocky Mountain News

“A disarming and spotless prose style, one far above par for sports memoirs.”—Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating.”—The New York Times

“Lots of drama…an inspirational story.”—People

“Absolutely absorbing…compelling.”—Denver Post

“It’s about far more than just the bike.”—San Antonio Express-News

“Stirring.” —Buffalo News

“A good, emotional, genuine story, eloquently woven by two master storytellers: Mr. Armstrong, with his honesty and detail, and Ms. Jenkins, for the artists’ polish she paints on his narrative… The description of the brutal ride into the French town Sestriere (a major Tour hurdle) is as good a piece of sportswriting as you’ll find, and the perfect climax for a fast story…captivating.” —Cincinnati Enquirer

“[This] is a book with an engaging frankness that reaches readers who’d never be interested in the gear-combination mathematics that engage zealous cyclists…a book that anyone who’s been confronted by cancer, personally or through a friend or relative, should read.” —Denver Post

“The descriptions of his sport, especially of his Tour victory, are gripping.” —St. Petersburg Times

“An all-American story…inspirational.” —Booklist

“The best biography of a cyclist I’ve ever read. Lance’s voice comes through in a way I’ve not seen in print before.” —Bill Strickland, Bicycling Magazine

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Dieses Buch ist nicht nur eine herkömmliche Biographie sondern ein sensationelles Motivationsmedium. Armstrong beschreibt seinen Aufstieg, den großen Fall durch seine Krankheit und seine "Wiederauferstehung". Durch dieses Buch habe ich gelernt motivierter, kämpferischer und noch zuversichtlicher durchs Leben zu gehen!
Danke Lance
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Obwohl selbst kein Fan von Lance Armstrong, zu oft hat er sich unsportlich verhalten oder einfach betrogen, bin ich doch erstaunt, wie das Buch meinen Sohn gefesselt und ihm das Leben eines gebeutelten Mannes näher gebracht hat und nun auch meine Frau begeistert. Ein Buch, das eben nur sekundär über den Radsport und viel über das Leben an sich erzählt.
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As an autobiography, Lance's story is one of the best that I've read, although he plays a little fast and loose with the facts regarding bike racing and his career. I found a few inaccuracies, (such as when he stated he won the 1995 Clasica San Sebastian before the 1995 Tour, when in reality the Spanish race is in August or September, while the Tour de France takes place in July).
These minor inaccuracies do nothing to detract from the far more powerful and more important part of his story, which is his struggle with testicular cancer, how he met and married his wife, and fathered a child, in addition to overcoming his disease and callous French employers and journalists who first thought he was finished as a professional cyclist, and when he proved that he wasn't, accused him of using drugs. Lance overcame all of these to win the 1999 Tour de France, 10 years after Greg LeMond's (the only other American to win the Tour) own incredible comeback after being shot and nearly losing his life in a hunting accident.
Like the title says, "It's not about the bike." This story should prove to be inspiring not only for bike riders and racers, but for cancer patients and anyone who has overcome ultimate adversity to achieve a dream.
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I had and beat testicular cancer just like Lance Armstrong, so I could truly relate to the incredible obstacles that he described in his amazing book.
This sincerely is an amazing story. I just wish I could have read it when I was going through my intense radiation treatments in my recovery, because I feel it would have made things easier for me. In his book, Armstong brings this disease into the public view, and allows people to see that it truly doesn't have to be a part of death, but, in fact, a part of life.
There are many stories within the book. His childhood, his attitudes towards his father figures, his early racing career, his battle with cancer, the stuggle to get back on top of his game, his love life, and, his extemely personal march towards fatherhood. Each and every one of these minor stories gives an overall inspirational journey into Lance Armstrong's remarkable life.
The writing is nicely detailed and allows for a good, easy-flowing read. The racing-scenes are action-packed, and make you feel as if you are right there on the bike with him. Armstong tells his tale using candid language and relates his stories of life with honesty and a pure heart. This book is a true inspiration to anyone. Please read this book. You cannot go wrong.
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I'm a woman. I'm not a cyclist. I've never had cancer. I read mostly fiction. But this book absolutely blew me away. So much more than an athlete bio, this is a wonderfully told, brilliantly written story of a real American hero. The play-by-play cycling coverage is fascinating even to a non-cyclist and the detailed discussion of Lance's illness, treatment, and recovery is beyond inspiring. The look inside Lance's childhood, his love life, his amazing journey into fatherhood, and his role as a cancer activist is what brings the whole story home. So much more than a story of athletic achievement and cancer recovery, this is a story about triumph of the human spirit. I can't wait to root for Lance in this year's Tour de France and in the Olympics. Hopefully we'll be cheering him to victory for years to come. I have been talking about this book to anyone who will listen to me. Listen to me. Buy the book. You will not want to put it down. It is a story you will never forget.
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Like Lance's mother, I'm a single parent in Plano, Texas. I know well the streets and schools, the apartments and swimming pools and ice cream shop he talks about. I've bought bikes for my kids from the guy who gave bikes to Lance. Perhaps ghost writter Jenkins was playing up the "struggle to grow up" angle, but chapter two really ruined the book for me.
At seventeen, Lance was racing his new Z28 Camero through the streets and had sponsors sending him on trips to compete. He cut school for 6 weeks and then pitched a hissy when the school officials told him he'd actually have to do the school work to graduate!
At seventeen, my daughter doesn't cut school and drives a five year old Geo Metro back and forth to a $6 an hour job. She didn't learn how to swim at a country club, and she doesn't wear designer labels. I've personally met hundreds of Plano kids like her over the years. Many have imigrant parents with limited English; they walk and ride the bus to school, work and study hard, shop at Walmart, and nobody sponsors them but God.
I see two main differences between the young Lance Armstong portraied in "..About the Bike" and the Plano kids I know: 1. The kids I know don't have world class VO2max, like Lance, and 2. unlike Lance, they don't constantly whine about not being treated with the deference they think they should be treated.
It would be easy to write this off to the immature perspective of a teenage boy, but the city of Plano has been trying to name a park after him and have a "Lance Armstrong Day" for the past year. Neither Lance or his agent will return their phone calls or answer their letters.
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