Every Second Counts PDF/EPUB ¶ Every Second PDF/EPUB
While the previous biography, 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 muchdetail 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 good part of the book (and a good part of his life) defending himself against allegations of drug misuse He claims to have never failed a single drug test, and to have never broken a single rule regarding drugs.There is also a lot about relationships He talks about the birth of the twin girls that followed his first son, and the joy of parenthood However, at the time of this writing, his marriage was struggling (he would eventually divorce), and he explores the difficulties that his career and focus had placed on what should have been the most important thing in his life. 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 man to keep his mouth shut and not speak out against drugs in cycling Even after the stage Lance said:I was protecting the interests of the peloton The other riders were very grateful.It's difficult to interpret this statement and his zip your lips message to Simeoni in a positive light, in any other way but don't speak pubically about drugs.After reading It's Not About The Bike I had a strong admiration for Lance and the way he got through his cancer ordeal, and his cycling performances were phenomenal, drugs or no drugs.What about Every Second Counts?Well the first thing I'll say is that I picked this up at about 1am on a work night as some light reading before I went to sleep I turned off my bedside lamp at 5.30am hoping that I'd survive the day on 3 hours sleep after reading all 250 pages straight through Bonus point to Sally Jenkins what a fantastic writer! If you are a worldfamous athlete wanting to tell your story with a ghost writer, there's no one better.The story takes us from his preparation for his second Tour de France victory in 2000 all the way to his fourth consecutive victory in 2003 As a cyclist and sports fan I really enjoyed his description of training and the races themselves The other part of the story is human dealing with the events of September 11th 2001, dealing with children, his cancer foundation, the annoyance of dealing with difficult French bureaucracy.He did mention Stage 18 '04, giving his side of the story in a few words Although I'm not convinced by his explanation and I still think it showed the character traits of a bully, I must admit that the book did originally influenced me back to believing he was a clean rider I can't pinpoint exactly why I think it was a combination of the way he talked about the drugs tests and their effect on his life The book is very personal at times and after reading it I felt like I know how the guy thinks I may not like him, but I have a lot of respect for what he achieved.To summarise: this is an excellent book 9/10 It's better than his first, and better than most sports autobiographies you'll find I recommend that everyone read this book, you might find it inspiring, or simply a captivating pageturner.Update 2012: I believe that there's now no doubt that Armstrong not only cheated, but he probably has masterminded one of the greatest sporting frauds in known history He has been rightly stripped of all 7 Tour titles This review was originally published on sportcrazy.net Apart from the events where he blatantly defends his drug accusation and narrates emotional mental stress he is undergone with due to such events, and how unbelieving was his performance to others who committed to see him through a spectrum of doping and which he describes as purely an outcome of his dedication and focus The rest of tale is about how he sees the fellow cancer patient describing his empathy, emotions, efforts perspective which he tries to percolate to them in order to rekindle hope living, strength of struggle , endurance of pain which are by product of chemo are immensely appealing believing atleast this part of story is true , the Lance Armstrong as a person deserve an applauds if not as cyclist Considering both the facet of his life and resisting judgmental approach (especially when we knew most of the paleton riding at that time were doping in some or other form) the book offer an interesting perspective about how one should see a life overcoming all odds which are also forms part of our life citing out his own example for which it certainly deserve a read !!! Every Second Counts, by Lance Armstrong, tells the story of his life after he overcame cancer Armstrong is a seventime 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 book stowed away out of sight, because it was a gripping read The story begins by describing how he won his first Tour De France win in 1999 with his team the US Postal Service, after battling and surviving cancer It continues all the way until his Tour De France win in 2005, after six wins But Every Second Counts is not primarily about Armstrong’s cycling career It focuseson his morals and opinions in life He includes personal details, like the birth of his twin daughters, and marriage problems with his wife Kik Armstrong uses the same open frankness as in his first book, giving his ideas on everything, not holding back what he thinks, whether it be good or bad.In the book, scenes were described, but not with the familiar descriptive paragraph containing thousands of adjectives Armstrong used his thoughts and feelings at the time to piece together a clear picture of the event The first scene that I particularly enjoyed was when Armstrong was describing one of the stories that he was told that have kept him going throughout his life It begins by saying how some losses are greater than others, and some you just have to let go of Then, Armstrong says “When I need reminding of this, I think of Sally Reed’s hair.” (Armstrong, p 59) He then describes an event that occurred the day that he won the 1999 Tour De France Sally Reed, his close friend, was suffering from cancer, and losing her hair from chemotherapy When Armstrong won, she took the final strands of hair and threw them into the wind I liked this scene because even though it wasn’t about Lance Armstrong himself, it obviously had so much meaning to him It was one of life’s lessons, something he learned from Most autobiographies don’t contain the story behind the author, just their history and achievements But Armstrong takes it to another level, by describing how he came to be the man he is today.The second scene I enjoyed was when Armstrong was describing his incidents with Jeff Spencer, the US Postal Service’s team chiropractor Armstrong describes Jeff’s “Pink Tape” that can fix any problem, be it tendinitis, sore muscles, or an aching back I enjoyed this scene because it was lighthearted and fun It made me smile as I read it Even though Armstrong touched deep subjects in his book, he also included happy moments that every book needs to keep you from becoming bored I really enjoyed this book Although it was not as interesting as Armstrong’s first book It’s Not About The Bike, simply because there was not as much to write about, compared to a battle with cancer, it was still a very inspiring book I would recommend this book to older,mature readers, because of the language used, the morals and opinions in the story, and because the book is about the life of a adult athlete Younger readers may not understand fully what the book is about, and perhaps in a few years time, if I read the book again, I would interpret evenfrom the novel Sports and cycling fans would enjoy this book too, if they wanted to get a deeper understanding of the life of a professional athlete. If you can read it a decade ago then it's inspirational If you read it now then it just seems hypocritical. 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 neardeath cleared the decks, and what came after was a bright, sparkling awareness: time is limited, so I better wake up every morning fresh and know that I have just one chance to live this particular day right, and to string my days together into a life of action, and purpose.Suffering, I was beginning to think, was essential to a good life, and as inextricable from life as bliss It's a great enhancer It might last a minute, or a month, but eventually it subsides, and when it does, something else takes its place, and maybe that thing is a greater space For happiness Each time I encountered suffering, I believed that I grew, and further defined my capacities not just my physical ones, but my interior ones as well, for contentment, friendship, or any other human experience.The real reward for pain is this: selfknowledge If I quit, however, it would have lasted forever, that surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, would have stayed with me for the duration When you feel like quitting, you have to ask yourself which you would rather live with.I'd lost races, health, and an old sense of self, and each loss had its own place in the scheme of life Other losses, if they came, would have their places, too There are certain inevitabilities You will grow older You will be forced to compromise in ways you never imagined and confront problems you thought you were immune to You will find a job, and perhaps lose it You will fight with your mate, shoulder unwanted responsibilities, and cope with rank unfairness You can allow all of that to demoralize you Or you can let it shape you, and trust that the shape will beinteresting because of it. In Paris onJuly , 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 lifethreatening testicular cancer just eighteen months previously A few months after that historic victory, he became a father for the first time His first book, So it looks as thought I'm going to live at least for another 50 years orBut 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; cancer activist and world class athlete, all the while battling the fear of the cancer returning and that negative publicity from (unsubstantiated) French doping allegations and investigations would ruin his image and that of his cancer foundation In a nutshell, this book explores Lance's personal strategy in resolving the many conflicting interests and priorities that we're all faced with.The account of life on the road with US Postal were by far the highlight for me The grueling stages of the tour, the thrills, the constant training, the honor and unwritten code of the Tour, the comradeship, and the Team above all else.Lance tempers those accounts with his exploration of the difficulties living half of the year in Europe, being an absentee father and having to manage his foundation as well as largely captain the US Postal Team.Underling the narrative are constant reminders that Lance is intent on wasting not one second of the time he has left After his experiece with cancer, he sees life as a race against the clock, and one that he is not prepared to lose Against that background, its hard not to welcome Lance's occasional periods of contemplating the lessons of life, analyzing his own behavior and offering advice to others to save the day.Highly recommended as an easy read, it'll equally grip you with action sequences and get you reassessing your own priorities, and exactly how you would life your life if you appreciated just how short it was.Another finish line is out there, somewhere But I don't really want to find it yet. This one is again a great book by lance and for me this book isabout 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 though you can solve the problem which is just next corner'.Or 'Life is a team work it's stupidity to just think of yourself all the time' For me this book also gives a perspective pertaining 'Why lance is a kind of person he is'.A great book to read.