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Old 06-16-12, 02:14 PM   #1
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Thanks Lance!

It was some random link I followed a couple months ago that led me to an article about Lance Armstrong. Wasn't looking at cycling stuff, just surfing the net. The article was about his cancer and his subsequent return to cycling. For some reason, it made me pull my bike out the storage unit and start riding. I hadn't ridden a bike in probably 15+ years. I've lost some weight, and when I ride, i feel better. When I don't ride, I feel not as great. My back hurts more, my energy is down, and I feel like a fat pig. So now I see this doping thing, and you know what, I don't really care. That article about Lance got me to ride, got me more concerned about my health than I was before. So hats off to you Mr. Armstrong, I thank you. Your story may have very well changed the course of my life. I stand with Lance, no matter the outcome.
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It was some random link I followed a couple months ago that led me to an article about Lance Armstrong. Wasn't looking at cycling stuff, just surfing the net. The article was about his cancer and his subsequent return to cycling. For some reason, it made me pull my bike out the storage unit and start riding. I hadn't ridden a bike in probably 15+ years. I've lost some weight, and when I ride, i feel better. When I don't ride, I feel not as great. My back hurts more, my energy is down, and I feel like a fat pig. So now I see this doping thing, and you know what, I don't really care. That article about Lance got me to ride, got me more concerned about my health than I was before. So hats off to you Mr. Armstrong, I thank you. Your story may have very well changed the course of my life. I stand with Lance, no matter the outcome.

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Congrats! What got me back on my bike was a dead car. I stopped riding because my knees were killing me. A six year hiatus.
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Genuine honest athletic achievement is what really inspires me.

I love to watch horse racing. If some no-name horse with no pedigree, won the Kentucky Derby, I'd be completely overtaken with joy.


If it were to be later determined that this now famous, once no-name horse won the Kentucky Derby, because he was doped,in my mind, this same horse would sink to a status beneath that of one with no name.

BTW- Who's Lance Armstrong, anyway?
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I don't care whether he doped or not. My opinion is he didn't, but that's just a gut feeling, as I don't know enough about he whole situation.

Regardless, the man was diagnosed with cancer, had his testicle removed, chemotherapy, and had his brain operated on. Then he went on to compete in the TDF. Alot. Many people in his position would have just rolled over and given up. But he didn't.

And that was an inspiration to me.
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Regardless, the man was diagnosed with cancer, had his testicle removed, chemotherapy, and had his brain operated on. Then he went on to compete in the TDF. Alot. Many people in his position would have just rolled over and given up. But he didn't.

And that was an inspiration to me.
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I don't care whether he doped or not. My opinion is he didn't, but that's just a gut feeling, as I don't know enough about he whole situation.

Regardless, the man was diagnosed with cancer, had his testicle removed, chemotherapy, and had his brain operated on. Then he went on to compete in the TDF. Alot. Many people in his position would have just rolled over and given up. But he didn't.

And that was an inspiration to me.
As a cancer survivor and someone who was inspired by Armstrong, like ianstew, I found survival strength in the yellow LIVESTRONG wristband; I've worn the wristband for years to remind me how fortunate I am and how I should live for good health.

Many high profile figures in sports, politics, religion, science and other fields who have provided inspiration and leadership have also had personal shortcomings...a not-so-endearing side. Their inspirational contributions have lived on despite blemishes on their personal history. So it is with Lance. His recovery from cancer inspired me and continues to be a ray of hope for patients fighting cancer today.
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see,my fellow floridian gets it!
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