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.