“It’s Not about the bike- Lance Armstrong”- Then what is it about?


Its not about the bike! So what is it about? What is it doing in the best books I have read category? From what we know Lance Armstrong is a bicycle racer, the one man who won so many tour de france titles, the one man who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25, the one man who fights it out to get back on the racing track again and win a few more titles. So what is it about? Is it about how he fights cancer? Nope, not from my take on the book.

So many times we are battled by the questions, the questions as to how to go about things?

–          Whether to continue something even when things are not working out?

–          How to maintain the positive frame of thought when things around us seem crumbling?

–          How to believe in something when the roots of the beliefs are shaking?

–          How to believe that we could win something or succeed at something when there are so many failures around?

–          Do we stop doing something cos what we are doing is not working out or try a different way of working out things?

–          Do we maintain the same gusto or the inspiration when we know that there is a huge uncertainty that things might not work and the entire effort may go unanswered?

And many more questions like that! I know how these questions feel, I have practically been bogged down by these questions from quite a while. Yes we have the questions right, we are not asking the lame questions as to Why me? Or how come luck deserts me always? Or whether I am capable or not? Those are certainly the most stupid questions. More sensible ones I would say are the ones enumerated above cos they atleast give us the answers. The questions which don’t give us an empowering answer don’t deserve to be the questions in the first place!

Now how do we answer the questions enumerated above? They certainly are not the multiple choice questions, let alone the objective ones. These are the harder questions to answer. The how’s are the superior questions than the why’s as I would like to look at them. So many times cos of our cultural tuning we are taught to avoid failures, blame the luck. We have all done that and seen that it takes us nowhere. Nobody actually tells us that failures are the most important things, when all hell breaks loose, there certainly is something to feel good about. I certainly wouldn’t say a silver lining cos that sounds a little too romantic. I would say there sure are solutions, there sure are clear messages around us. The question is are we being clever enough to look at them and above all are we being strong enough to face the questions in a critical mindset.The answers too aren’t too direct, they sure are elusive. Maybe that is entire beauty of an adventure in fighting it out and searching for the answers that liberate us.

So, coming to the question as to what the book is about, I would reckon it is an answer to the many questions I write above and the many I miss. It is a beautiful book about the simple plain truth and the journey of one man through many difficulties. And there is only one message out of it, TO FIGHT. Fight when things seem hard, fight when things seem impossible, fight when they seem possible, fight when it seems pessimistic, fight when it seems optimistic but most of all know that the only sense of achievement is in the fight and nothing more.

What would I categorize the book as? Motivational? Inspirational? Autobiography? A fairy romantic tale? I would say it is an answer to the many questions one might have. If it is a person beyond these questions, I would very much apologize for a write up pulling his time. For the rest of us who believe in the divinity of these questions, I would certainly say there are some sparks here which may lead us to the elusive answers.

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17 thoughts on ““It’s Not about the bike- Lance Armstrong”- Then what is it about?

    • Very very much… Loved the book, although there are little details about biking which is a harder to follow for biking novice (like me), the book still has a lot of richness to offer..

    • Sure I would love to hear back about your experience with the book.. Its worth spending that time on this book.,, Kinda rekindles the pleasure of being with the best books.. A must read 🙂

  1. Yours is a deep probing analysis, probably in the vein of the book itself. And you have ended it with a profound and though-provoking conclusion. Yes, I will read this one soon.

    • Thank you for being ever so kind Umashankar 🙂 ..

      I really loved the way the book creates so many questions while reading.. I think you might really love this one.. Its really beautiful how he has written it..

  2. The questions enumerated by you come up in most people’s mind at least at one point of time- we all have to work out the answers from our own perspective…..i am sure this book will provide guidance & support for this purpose.

    • You’re right Indu, it finally boils down to us to find the answers and choose the questions as well. .It does become difficult to avoid certain questions. But I think it is the questions which we ask consistently which lead us to bump into an answer. Probably if we are a little careful and consciously choose the questions we ask, may be things can get a wee bit easier and structured..

      Definitely, the book certainly helps in many ways. Its a true brilliance in every way and I think what makes the book so beautiful is the simplicity with which he writes it. It becomes so easy to relate to it 🙂 ..

  3. This book seems to be very inspiring and I agree with you that we need to fight in times of difficulty. We can’t stop fight fighting and give up because our lives will then be pointless.

    • Very much true Carolyn.. Its all about the fight. Reminds me of the Rocky Balboa scene where he says- “it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward ” .. Sheer brilliance isn’t it?

    • Thank you Mithil 🙂 ..

      Its a wonderful book and certainly addresses the most pressing questions which we all come across at some point of our lives..

  4. I do agree with all the ideas you’ve presented to your post. They’re really convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for starters. May you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

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