November 30, 2016

Lance Armstrong Quotes

“A boo is a lot louder than a cheer, if you have 10 people cheering and one person booing all you hear is the booing.”

“A life spent defensively, worried, is a life wasted. You know when I need to die? When I’m done living. When I can’t walk, can’t eat, can’t see, when I’m a crotchety old bastard, mad at the world. Then I can die.”

“All their players tested positive… for being assholes.”

“At the end of the day, if there was indeed some Body or presence standing there to judge me, I hoped I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whether I believed in a certain book, or whether I’d been baptized. If there was indeed a God at the end of my days, I hoped he didn’t say, But you were never a Christian, so you’re going the other way from heaven. If so, I was going to reply, You know what? You’re right. Fine.”

“For the level of condition that I have now, that was without a doubt the hardest physical thing I have ever done. I never felt a point where I hit the wall. It was really a gradual progression of fatigue and soreness.”

“I don’t have anything against organized religion per se. We all need something in our lives. I personally just have not accepted that belief. But I’m one of the few.”

“I figure the faster I pedal, the faster I can retire.”

“I want all of you to know that I intend to beat this disease. And further, I intend to ride again as a professional cyclist.”

“I want to finish by saying that I intend to be an avid spokesperson for testicular cancer once I have beaten the disease… I want this to be a positive experience and I want to take this opportunity to help others who might someday suffer from the same circumstance I face today.”

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.”

“If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.”

“I’m not happy if I’m not doing some physical suffering, like going out on a bike ride or running. First, it’s good for you. No. 2, it sort of clears my mind on a daily basis. And it’s a job. My job is to suffer. I make the suffering in training hard so that the races are not full of suffering.”

“It can’t be any simpler: the farewell is going to be on the Champs-Elysees.”

“It’s nice to win. I’ll never win again. I may have to take up golf – take on Tiger.”

“Life, to me, is a series of false limits and my challenge as an athlete is to explore those limits on a bike.”

“No gifts this year. I have given gifts on the Tour de France and very rarely has it ever come back to help me. This is the biggest bike race in the world and it means more than any bike race in the world. It means more to me than any bike race in the world. I want to win … no gifts.”

“No one trains like me. No one rides like me. This jersey’s mine. I live for this jersey. It’s my life. No one’s taking it away from me. This fucking jersey’s mine.”

“One of the redeeming things about being an athlete is redefining what is humanly possible.”

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”

“The biggest problem with politics or running for the governor’s race here in Texas is that it would mimic exactly what I’ve done: a ton of stress and a ton of time away from my kids,” he told a local Austin TV station.”

“The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy.”

“The Tour (de France) is essentially a math problem, a 2,000-mile race over three weeks that’s sometimes won by a margin of a minute or less. How do you propel yourself through space on a bicycle, sometimes steeply uphill, at a speed sustainable for three weeks? Every second counts.”

“The truth is, if you asked me to choose between winning the Tour de France and cancer, I would choose cancer. Odd as it sounds, I would rather have the title of cancer survivor than winner of the Tour, because of what it has done for me as a human being, a man, a husband, a son, and a father.”

“This is my body, and I can do whatever I want to it. I can push it. Study it. Tweak it. Listen to it. Everybody wants to know what I’m on. What am I on? I’m on my bike busting my ass six hours a day. What are you on?”

“Through my illness I learned rejection. I was written off. That was the moment I thought, Okay, game on. No prisoners. Everybody’s going down.”

“Two things scare me. The first is getting hurt. But that’s not nearly as scary as the second, which is losing.”

“Winning is about heart, not just legs. It’s got to be in the right place.”

“Without cancer, I never would have won a single Tour de France. Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully. It taught me that pain has a reason, and that sometimes the experience of losing things — whether health or a car or an old sense of self—has its own value in the scheme of life. Pain and loss are great enhancers.”