Lance: The Making of the World’s Greatest Champion
“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.” —Lance Armstrong
All athletes should take this quote to heart. Quitters don’t belong in any sport, and this week’s book selection strongly affirms that idea.
Love him or hate him, you have to give the guy credit for what he’s done. Besides racing and winning one Tour event after another, Lance Armstrong has brought cancer awareness and research funding to a whole new level through his LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Author John Wilcockson tells the story of this brash Texan with the win-or-die-trying attitude, and how he became the greatest rider in the world through personal devotion to goals and with the help and support of his family and close friends—not illegal substances. Wilcockson also writes about the pains and obstacles Armstrong overcame, which gave him the strength to ride out victorious. As successful as he’s been so far, you can bet that Lance hasn’t yet crossed his final finish line.
STACK’s Take: We know that most STACK athletes are not cycling enthusiasts; but the message of Lance’s career to date—never backing down and never believing others when they say it can’t be done—should resonate with all of us. The will to win can drive an athlete past the pain and up to the next level. This book is all about having that will and wanting it more than anyone else.