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It's Not About The Bike: My Journey Back To Life. (Includes New Chapter on Tour de France 2000 and the Olympics) [Paperback]

Lance. Armstrong
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Book by Armstrong, Lance, Jenkins, Sally

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I want to die at a hundred years old with an American flag on my back and the star of Texas on my helmet, after screaming down an Alpine descent on a bicycle at 75 miles per hour. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it Aug. 23 2003
By "tuk9"
Format:Hardcover
Having never really been interested in cycling I bought this book since I wanted to know about Lance's fight with testicular cancer which killed my best friend three years ago in his early 30s. I was not just positively surprised but literally stunned and finished the book in two days.
Lance's life from his upbringing to early achievements, his fight with cancer to becoming the King of the Tour de France are written honestly and interestingly. Reading the book took me along the entire emotional spectrum and I enjoyed every minute of it. With a less than 3% chance to survive I am convinced that contrary to the title, his survival is about the bike. It tought him to fight, to personalize the challenge and to give it everything he has got.
Being German, I wanted Jan Ullrich to win the tour this year but having read what Lance has overcome and seeing him on the crucial day after falling due to spectator involvement, I now hope that he will win his sixth (and final?) Tour in 2004 to take his rightful place as the best rider who ever lived.
I felt compelled to write this review since I read some of the other reviews. While I understand some of the comments about him being egoistic, that is part of him too. He is not claiming to be perfect, far from it, and I do not judge the man but simply recommend his book as an uplifting and interesting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Book is right on one thing... Jan. 14 2013
Format:Paperback
I bought this book. I read this book. I was inspired. Until I found out that, in fact, it wasn't about the bike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT RIDE Sept. 21 2012
By Buggy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this, a fascinating and inspirational read even if you're not a cycling fan or into sports biographies. As the title states this is "not about the bike" well not completely anyways, of course the bike is always present (even on Lance's sickest days when he could barely stand from the chemo treatments he still managed to go for a wobbly ride around the block) but I would say more than half of this story deals with Lance's brutal battle with cancer and his miraculous recovery. We also learn about his childhood and growing up kinda poor in a single parent home, his early days as a triathlete, falling in love and his 1st marriage (this was written in 2002) and a surprisingly detailed account about the IVF that allowed for the birth of his first child.

It's well written, honest and unflinching, as some of what we read doesn't always paint Armstrong in the most favorable light. Other reviewers have mentioned his ego (huge) and his single mindedness when it came to racing and training, bordering on obsession. I am of the mind that you don't become the best in the world without developing an ego, without becoming preoccupied. I mean it takes everything to get to the top so personal relationships are bound to suffer. On that note while Armstrong praises his (now ex-wife) Kit I was shocked at how he treated her, expecting her life to just revolve around him. At one point she gives up everything in the States and follows him to Europe to just "be there" while he trains, then on a whim Lance quits the tour and he expects her to just pack up the house and follow him back home while he sorts himself out and plays golf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am a beginner runner. I picked up this book because I wanted to know more about Lance Armstrong. This book has taught me how much mental and physical training are required to be the best, consistently. I have enjoyed reading this book because of the humor, the clear and direct expression of ideas, and Lance's candor in his failures and triumphs. I am sure I will pick it up and read it again periodically.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Nov. 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
"My Journey Back" is an uplifting/inspirational book that makes you feel the worry,the sadness,the fear and the triumph!! I could not put this book down until it was finished. I rank it up there with other books such as Nightmares Echo,Dry,Lucky,A Child Called It and Running With Scissors-each book is a very courageous read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Not About Sally Jenkins Sept. 20 2010
By M. Yakiwchuk TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Generally speaking, when I read an autobiography, I prefer that it is written exclusively by the biographer; in this case, Lance Armstrong. For It's Not About The Bike, Mr. Armstrong chose to write the book with the assistance of sports columnist and Washington Post feature writer Sally Jenkins; and this was a mistake in my view. The parts of the book written by Armstrong are by turns entertaining, poignant, cringe-inducing, and above all honest. However, every now and then there is a sentence or a paragraph appears that feels out of place, like it was written by someone else: Sally Jenkins.

Interestingly, though Mr. Armstrong employs the assistance of a co-writer, he does not acknowledge Sally Jenkins' contributions in the main body of his book. Instead, he lists Ms. Jenkins' name last among those for whom "this book is for", writing that he met with her to write this book. Why someone with Armstrong's blunt yet frank manner would choose to employ a co-writer is beyond me: In public as well as (based on the accounts described in this book) in private Armstrong is never at a loss for words, nor does he seem to have any difficulty in making himself understood. If he had decided to write this book entirely on his own (as I believe he easily could have), It's Not About The Bike would rate 4 stars out of 5 for me with one star deducted because of the very brief descriptions of his experience in the Tour De France, which I had hoped to read more of. As it stands, whether it was due to the influence of Sally Jenkins or of some un-named publicist or handler of Mr. Armstrong, It's Not About The Bike feels incomplete, and airbrushed in parts. The story of Lance Armstrong's life is fascinating and this book is well worth reading. In the interests of full disclosure and authenticity, I simply would have prefered Armstrong stuck to telling the story of his life entirely in his own words. 3/5
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3.0 out of 5 stars average
A good story, poorly written. Lance is a very talented man which is totally narcissistic. Fortunately for him, he was surrounded by a great team, especially his wife which put up... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2010 by Andre Therien
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Lance does a great job of clearly describing everything he went through with his fight with cancer and how he won. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2010 by NorthVan Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Lance Armstrong It,s not about the bike.
I am an registered nurse and I recommend this book to anyone going through a cancer diagnosis and facing chemo ,radiation or surgical intervention for the treatment of their... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2009 by Rebecca Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars A story about a true hero
This was an amazing read! I am not a follower of cycling, but I did not have to be to really enjoy this book. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2009 by Carrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and life changing
Simply put, this is one of the most inspirational, and clearly written books I've seen. Go get it today, you will find something, even in the first few pages that stops you in your... Read more
Published on March 1 2008 by S. White
5.0 out of 5 stars 1/2 The Story: After "BIKE" Read "WAR"
Armstrong. A great read. But only half the story...

Don't miss out on the "outer view," Lance through the eyes of a good reporter. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2007 by Kirtland Peterson
3.0 out of 5 stars A new focus for Armstrong..
I value Lance Armstrong's story, he is a driven and talented athlete who has had to battle through a life threatening illness. Read more
Published on July 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bike is Not Important
There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said. A fantastic book about an interesting character that has little to do with sports and more to do with the human spirit. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by R. Spell
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