iRead : It’s Not About the Bike


To be afraid is priceless education
-Lance Armstrong

Frankly i don’t like autobiographies.Its better to read one wikipedia page then reading 300+pages…but in the past i have read one (was forced to..) about and written by sidney shelton .I didn’t enjoy it much so i thought will never read any autobiography again …but here i am… reading one more (again forced by priyanka) its about lance armstrong called “Its not about the bike”….my journey back to life.

Its not about the bike

Its not about the bike

Lance is a american cyclist and has won the Tour de France a record-breaking seven consecutive years. But as the name suggest its not about the bike..its about how he survived the testicular cancer with 20% chances of getting out of it.

The book tracks lance from his childhood to his second tour de france win , from his personal life to professional life,from personal setback to magical comeback,from sense of loosing to sense of belonging,from lows to highs,from nowhere to everywhere….

The book narrative is simple and engaging.The book written by Lance along with Sally Jenkins gives detailed narrative of how lance fought with cancer..his pain,helplessness,determination,anger,joy …all well caught. What i liked most is the message it gives…”impossible is nothing” ..great motivational book.Its about surviving the worst.. Its story of human triumph over all odds.

Lance says if he has to choose between winning the tour de france and cancer he would choose cancer.He would rather have the title of cancer survivor than winner of the tour,because of what it has done to him as a man,a husband,a son,a father and as human.It just explain how much agony and pain his been through.

A USA today quote explain what he and his book means to cancer community.
“Among cancer survivors, it is known simply as The Book.”

Just a para from the book:

“I asked myself why my victory had such a profound effect on people .Maybe it’s because illness is universal-we’ve all been sick,no one is immune-and so my winning the tour was a symbolic act,proof that you can not only survive cancer,but thrive after it.Maybe,as my friend Phil Knight says,i am hope.”

If you have a heart ….you cant miss this one!!!!!!!!!!!

My rating 4/5.

p.s.: Thanks priyanka!!!!

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Abhinav Bindra wins 10m air rifle gold

I just wish There are lot more for india……….fingures croseed…. :)

hats offf to the young athlete……………………

Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in men’s 10 metre air rifle event of the shooting competition at Beijing  Olympics on Monday morning.
The medal is India’s first individual gold, and the first since 1980, when the hockey team emerged triumphant in Moscow [Images].
Bindra shot a total score of 700.5.
China’s Zhu Qinan, gold medalist at Athens 2004, won the silver medal with a total score of 699.7.
The bronze medal was won by Finland’s Henri Hakkinen, who was leading the field after the qualification round, but was unable to hold off Bindra and Zhu in the final.
Bindra held his nerve to score 10.8 on the 10th and final shot, while Zhu shot 10.5 and Hakkinen fell back with a poor score of 9.7.
Earlier, Bindra ended the poor run of Indian shooters at the Olympics by qualifying for the men’s 10 metres air rifle event final.
However, Gagan Narang failed to make the final cut in the same event as he finished ninth with a score of 595/600. Narang shot a series of 97, 100, 100, 100, 98, 100.
Bindra, a Khel Ratna winner, finished the qualifying event joint-fourth with Romania’s George Alin Moldoveanu in the qualification round. The duo had a score of 596/600.
The bespectacled India shooter’s scoring sequence was 100, 99, 100, 98, 100 and 99.
Meanwhile, Finland’s Henri Hakkinen qualified first for the event with a score of 598/600 after shooting a series of 100, 100, 99, 100, 100 and 99.
China’s Qinan Zhu was a point adrift of Hakkinen with a series of 100, 100, 100, 100, 99 and 98.

Source : http://www.rediff.com