Monday, October 6, 2008

Refueled By Lance

long coming re-written entry -

in case you've been in a cave: lance armstrong is coming back to professional cycling.

well today they announced that he's coming back to the kazakhstan team astana, who was banned from the tour de france last year, and is also lead by the best cyclist in the world right now alberto contador. total drama.
If Lance Armstrong joins the Astana cycling team for his comeback, then Alberto Contador is ready to leave. "I think I've earned the right to be the leader of a team without having to fight for my place," said the Spanish rider

i think it's likely lance cheated, but that is another blog post for another day. for all intents and purposes i'm a fan and will give him a pass because i want so badly for him to have been the most dominant cyclist ever.. clean.

this is my favorite commercial.. it resonates with me.

i was going to write my opinion on whether i thought lance could come back and win the tour de france for an eight time. but as i read the sept vanity fair interview with lance i found myself overwhelmed with my urge to train. to get after it. to put in an effort equal to lance armstrong.

i suppose my interest and appreciation comes from knowing how hard and yet fully rewarding what he's trying to do is going to be. to get up day after day and do exactly what he needs to do to succeed - the article calls it "monk mode". it means meticulous attention to detail. there is something about monk mode that i'm attracted to. to completely give into a focused effort toward your goals. it's not easy. endurance training is tough.

but hard work rewards in many ways.

there is a description of lance's workout in the article. he's in the 'garage' training with the white stripes blaring in the background. reminds me a bit of my quick workout sessions (except i usually keep my shirt on).
"Armstrong, shirtless, runs through a sick set of pull-ups, medicine-ball exercises, and crunches, all executed at a rapid pace."
i'm going to let how dedicated lance is to his craft and his comeback refueled me. and it couldn't come at a better time. i'm injured right now. i'm missing my 100 mile race this weekend because of it. even without running there are things i can do become a better athlete and lance just pushed me to refocus and start striving again... for that lance, i thank you.



flahute said...

Even if he does somehow manage to come back to win an 8th Tour de France, he will never surpass Eddy Merckx as the most dominant cyclist ever.

No one will.

And that's the way it should be.

Matt said...

Matt, I don't know you from a ham sandwich, I learned about yours and Marit's blogs through Karl's AT attempt. As a cyclist and a runner, and so many other things endurance is what we do suffering is our outlet. Lance is a marvel of that endurance and knowing how to suffer. Learn to suffer sweetly and you will train the best you ever have! Best of luck and suffer well my friend!

saschasdad said...

Hart pretty much is a ham sandwich.

Get yourself fixed, then get after it, buddy. We need to go for an adventure run again soon.

Mark said...

Curious about why you think Lance cheated. I don't know either way, but curious.

Hart said...

why do i think lance cheated?

i know i'm opening a can of worms with this one, but here goes - short answers:

1. he beat the best in the world. men with the same 1% physiological numbers. ALL of these guys have since been caught cheating.

**this is the main reason. how do you beat guys who have the same numbers (VO2Max, Resting HR, etc) and ARE DOPING!?

2. "everyone was doping" - he was the best cyclist in an era when everyone was doping.
3. there is massive amounts of circumstantial evidence.

Mark said...

I give him credit for twice the normal size heart as a way to beat the other best of the world guys who were doping. I haven't heard a lot about #3, but I am not a super duper cyclist follower, just curious. I don't like eating worms. :)

Grae Van Hooser said...

Ham sandwich,
I agree that, although I would be very disappointed to see confirmed evidence, he probably doped in the early years. I definately think the 99' sample is dirty. I would also like to believe that six or so of his wins were drug free. Again, that's what I would like to believe. I have been around Armstrong when he first started to road race. He sure talked like an A@#$ H&*(. After his cancer, he sure did change. It seems like the one characteristic he has of that 1% population that the other guys don't is his mental toughness. He definitely changed after the cancer. He does seem to be able to really suffer. And I think this is his true advantage over the others. - Grae