It s Not About The Bike

It's Not About the Bike is the story of one man's inspirational battle against the odds, charting his progress through triumph, tragedy and transformation. This is an awe-inspiring tale of immense courage and will.

Author: Lance Armstrong

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448104987

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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"I want to die at a hundred years old after screaming down an Alpine descent on a bicycle at 75 miles per hour. I don't do anything slow, not even breathe. I do everything at a fast cadence: eat fast, sleep fast." At twenty four, Lance Armstrong was already well on his way to becoming a sporting legend. Then, in October 1996, he was diagnosed with stage four testicular cancer. When lesions appeared on his brain and in his lungs, doctors gave him a 40% chance of survival. On that day Armstrong's life changed forever and in typical fashion he met the challenge head on - this was one fight he was determined not to lose. As he battled against the cancer invading his body and the chemotherapy that threatened to sap his soul, a tremendous sense of commitment emerged, to his training and to the people around him who never gave up on him. Just sixteen months after he was discharged from hospital, Armstrong entered the Tour de France, a race famed for its gruelling intensity, and won, in the fastest ever time. Just a few months after that, he became a father. It's Not About the Bike is the story of one man's inspirational battle against the odds, charting his progress through triumph, tragedy and transformation. This is an awe-inspiring tale of immense courage and will.

Mind is the Ride

Our bodies long ago evolved to ride a bike, it's just the mind had to catch up to invent it. Two best-selling books about cycling have been It's Not About the Bike, the story of racing cyclist Lance Armstrong (before his fall from ...

Author: Jet McDonald

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 9781783526925

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 368

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When Jet McDonald cycled four thousand miles to India and back, he didn’t want to write a straightforward travel book. He wanted to go on an imaginative journey. Mind is the Ride takes the reader on a physical and intellectual adventure from West to East using the components of a bike as a metaphor for philosophy, which is woven into the cyclist's experience. Each chapter is based around a single component, and as Jet travels he adds new parts and new philosophies until the bike is ‘built’; the ride to India is completed; and the relationship between mind, body and bicycle made apparent. The age of the travelogue is over: today we need to travel inwardly to see the world with fresh eyes. Mind is the Ride is that journey, a pedal-powered antidote to the petrol-driven philosophies of the past.

Bike Battles

It's not about the bike—or not solely. The history of the bicycle has been shaped by a combination of forces far removed from the saddle. The resulting system can appear syncretic, building and running on its own logic, with greater ...

Author: James Longhurst

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 9780295805993

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 306

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Americans have been riding bikes for more than a century now. So why are most American cities still so ill-prepared to handle cyclists? James Longhurst, a historian and avid cyclist, tackles that question by tracing the contentious debates between American bike riders, motorists, and pedestrians over the shared road. Bike Battles explores the different ways that Americans have thought about the bicycle through popular songs, merit badge pamphlets, advertising, films, newspapers and sitcoms. Those associations shaped the actions of government and the courts when they intervened in bike policy through lawsuits, traffic control, road building, taxation, rationing, import tariffs, safety education and bike lanes from the 1870s to the 1970s. Today, cycling in American urban centers remains a challenge as city planners, political pundits, and residents continue to argue over bike lanes, bike-share programs, law enforcement, sustainability, and public safety. Combining fascinating new research from a wide range of sources with a true passion for the topic, Longhurst shows us that these battles are nothing new; in fact they’re simply a continuation of the original battle over who is - and isn’t - welcome on our roads. Watch the trailer:

Across America by Bicycle

Lance Armstrong is right—it's not about the bike. I think it is about what the bike allows us to experience: the pedaling, fog, heat, and hills; the physical strength and exhaustion; the emotional exhilaration ...

Author: Alice Honeywell

Publisher: Terrace Books

ISBN: 9780299248833

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 287

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Biking from Oregon to Maine is no small feat, especially for two newly retired women who carry everything they need for three months, powered only by the strength of their legs and a desire for adventure. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite readers to follow their ride by bicycle across the United States, as they face scorching sun, driving rain, buffeting winds, equipment failures, killer hills, wild fires, and even a plague of grasshoppers. As Alice and Bobbi pedal along their 3,600-mile journey, they test and deepen their friendship, defy their aches and pains, experience the vast and varied beauties of their country, and discover the challenges and satisfaction of a scaled-down lifestyle. And, they encounter unfailing generosity from people they meet—from the prayers of a North Dakota woman for their safekeeping, to the offer of a house in Michigan, to invitations for dinner and a place to sleep at stops all along the way. And there are incidents to laugh over, too, such as the bewildered woman who asked them, “Well, but where do you pack your dresses?” Ride along with Alice and Bobbi as they embrace retirement with gusto and live their dream. Winner (Gold Medalist), Travel Essays, Foreword Magazine’s Books of the Year

American Autobiography

The title of Armstrong's autobiography, It's Not About the Bike, is more fitting than perhaps its author intended. Ostensibly, the reference to the bike alludes to Armstrong's identity as champion athlete, twice winner of the Tour de ...

Author: Rachael McLennan

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748670468

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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The first student guide to American Autobiography

Elevating Student Voice

I'm reminded of Lance Armstrong's bestseller, It's Not About the Bike.10 Cycling enthusiasts, hoping to gain from Armstrong's biking and training secrets, rushed out to buy his book. But Armstrong wrote about cycling in the framework of ...

Author: Nelson Beaudoin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317923930

Category: Education

Page: 132

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This book demonstrates what schools can do to enhance student participation and engagement. It shows educators how to: - create opportunities for students to practice democracy and civic responsibility. - develop a "school for each kid" - get students to care Examples include - Community service - Peer Helpers - Peer Mediators - Student-directed programs and events - Student feedback to teachers - Student-led conferences - Students on interviewing committees - Students on the School Board - Student publications - Student speakers . . . and more Also highlighted in this book are the exciting and enriching activities of First Amendment Schools.

Media Masculinities and the Machine

F1, Transformers, and Fantasizing Technology at Its Limits Dan Fleming, Damion Sturm ... The book cover for It's Not About the Bike features this list, after “Winner of the Tour de France”: “Cancer Survivor, Husband, Father, Son, ...

Author: Dan Fleming

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441115546

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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Identifying a distinctive phenomenon in today's media culture, the authors propose a new theoretical framework for understanding mediated masculinities.

The Life of I Updated Edition

There is no evidence in It's Not about the Bike of such separation, or of any conflict. Yet, given Armstrong's behaviour, there should have been—it was very much a case of the child being in charge: My mother and I became very open with ...

Author: Anne Manne

Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing

ISBN: 9780522868982

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

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Far from being the work of a madman, Anders Breivik's murderous rampage in Norway was the action of an extreme narcissist. As the dead lay around him, he held up a finger asking for a Band-Aid. Written with the pace of a psychological thriller, The Life of I is a compelling account of the rise of narcissism in individuals and society. Manne examines the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and the alarming rise of sexual assaults in sport and the military, as well as the vengeful killings of Elliot Rodger in California. She looks at narcissism in the pursuit of fame and our obsession with 'making it'. She goes beyond the usual suspects of social media and celebrity culture to the deeper root of the issue: how a new narcissistic character-type is being fuelled by a cult of the self and the pursuit of wealth in a hypercompetitive consumer society. The Life of I also offers insights from the latest work in psychology, looking at how narcissism develops. But Manne also shows that there is an alternative: how to transcend narcissism, to be fully alive to the presence of others; how to create a world where love and care are no longer turned inward.

Missing Bodies

He did not pay attention when his right testicle swelled and became painful. In fact, he assumed it was a bike-related injury and, like many men, ignored it. In his autobiography, It's Not about the Bike, he writes, “Of course I should ...

Author: Monica J. Casper

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814716786

Category: Social Science

Page: 223

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2006 National Jewish Book Award, Modern Jewish Thought Long the object of curiosity, admiration, and gossip, rabbis' wives have rarely been viewed seriously as American Jewish religious and communal leaders. We know a great deal about the important role played by rabbis in building American Jewish life in this country, but not much about the role that their wives played. The Rabbi’s Wife redresses that imbalance by highlighting the unique contributions of rebbetzins to the development of American Jewry. Tracing the careers of rebbetzins from the beginning of the twentieth century until the present, Shuly Rubin Schwartz chronicles the evolution of the role from a few individual rabbis' wives who emerged as leaders to a cohort who worked together on behalf of American Judaism. The Rabbi’s Wife reveals the ways these women succeeded in both building crucial leadership roles for themselves and becoming an important force in shaping Jewish life in America.

Good Shot

Lance Armstrong titled his autobiography It's Not about the Bike, his implication was that success in cycling involves strength and conditioning rather than just having the latest high-tech equipment. And I'd be the first to agree with ...

Author: Steven Mulak

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9781461751083

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

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"If you are a bird hunter looking to improve your marksmanship, welcome to the skeet field!" Mulak explains how the sport of skeet can help you hunt those unpredictable birds. Illustrations and photographs clearly show the right way--and the wrong way--to shoot skeet and improve your score. Mulak's information takes you from the skeet range to the hunt, with a new set of tools at your fingertips. What makes someone a good shot? Author Steven Mulak has given this question a lot of thought, and his book analyzes problems faced by shooters everywhere. A good shot doesn't miss the same shot twice because he figures out why he missed it and what he must do to correct his mistake. Shooting a shotgun well takes skill, and this book will help you improve your technique. What to look for in a field shotgun How to improve technique and how to recognize and change bad habits How to use skeet to improve your hunting plus clay target games