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Every Second Counts In Paris on 25 July 1999 Lance Armstrong made world headlines with the most stunning comeback in the history of sport winning the Tour de France in the fastest ever time after battling against life threatening testicular cancer just eighteen months previously A few months after that historic victory he became a father for the first time His first book It's Not About the Bike charted his journey back to life and went on to become an international bestseller and to win the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2000Now in this much anticipated follow up Armstrong shares details of his remarkable life story including four Tour de France wins an Olympic medal and the births of his twin daughters Grace and Isabelle Never shy of controversy Lance Armstrong is a genuine global sports superstar and one of cycling's greatest ever champions Here he offers us his life philosophy his thoughts on thoughts on training competing winning and failure He also recounts the work done for the Foundation he set up following his dramatic recovery and introduces further inspirational tales of cancer survival Every Second Counts is another extraordinary and awe inspiring book from a man who strives every day to meet life's momentous challenges


10 thoughts on “Every Second Counts

  1. says:

    This is an author that I wanted to hate when I was half way through the book because much of what he says comes off sounding arrogant and self centered He talks of his accomplishments his ceaseless drive how unfairly he was treated by those who thought he was doping his generosity his many homes and then goes on to describe how he’s “just a regular guy” like the reader is suppose to believe that he really believes that But I have to concede that his incredible accomplishments entitle him to some arrogance And when I examine it closer it may not be arrogance of which he reeks but a blazing intensity This guy is so intense that he’s sometimes hard to take But it is no doubt a necessary ingredient to his success A mellow guy can’t come back from cancer and win the TDF multiple times without being intense And when I forget about him and instead consider his life lesson I acuire new insights and useful information and attitudes to help me try to take my life to a higher level So I both owe thanks and admire this amazing human being and SOB


  2. says:

    While the previous biography It's Not About the Bike My Journey Back to Life had the redeeming feature of being about his impressive return from cancer to not only return to competitive professional cycling but to win the Tour de France This seuel suffers from the same poor ghost writing but without any story While the first book was a story the story of his fight this book is of a recruitment pamphlet for the cult of Lance


  3. says:

    Despite believing that Lance Armstrong was a drug using cheat I really enjoyed his first book It's Not About The Bike It was a well written compelling story Lance is an example for everyone not to give up not just cyclists or cancer patients regardless of whether he's using performance enhancing substances or notOf course It's Not About The Bike was not near enough to dissuade me that Lance's actions on Stage 18 of TDF 2004 were anything but the actions of a bully forcing a smaller man to keep his mouth shut and not speak out against drugs in cycling Even after the stage Lance saidI was protecting the interests of the peloton The other riders were very gratefulIt's difficult to interpret this statement and his zip your lips message to Simeoni in a positive light in any other way but don't speak pubically about drugsAfter reading It's Not About The Bike I had a strong admiration for Lance and the way he got through his cancer ordeal and his cycling performances were phenomenal drugs or no drugsWhat about Every Second Counts?Well the first thing I'll say is that I picked this up at about 1am on a work night as some light reading before I went to sleep I turned off my bedside lamp at 530am hoping that I'd survive the day on 3 hours sleep after reading all 250 pages straight through Bonus point to Sally Jenkins what a fantastic writer If you are a world famous athlete wanting to tell your story with a ghost writer there's no one betterThe story takes us from his preparation for his second Tour de France victory in 2000 all the way to his fourth consecutive victory in 2003 As a cyclist and sports fan I really enjoyed his description of training and the races themselves The other part of the story is human dealing with the events of September 11th 2001 dealing with children his cancer foundation the annoyance of dealing with difficult French bureaucracyHe did mention Stage 18 '04 giving his side of the story in a few words Although I'm not convinced by his explanation and I still think it showed the character traits of a bully I must admit that the book did originally influenced me back to believing he was a clean rider I can't pinpoint exactly why I think it was a combination of the way he talked about the drugs tests and their effect on his life The book is very personal at times and after reading it I felt like I know how the guy thinks I may not like him but I have a lot of respect for what he achievedTo summarise this is an excellent book 910 It's better than his first and better than most sports autobiographies you'll find I recommend that everyone read this book you might find it inspiring or simply a captivating page turnerUpdate 2012 I believe that there's now no doubt that Armstrong not only cheated but he probably has masterminded one of the greatest sporting frauds in known history He has been rightly stripped of all 7 Tour titles This review was originally published on sportcrazynet


  4. says:

    Apart from the events where he blatantly defends his drug accusation and narrates emotional mental stress he is undergone with due to such events and how unbelieving was his performance to others who committed to see him through a spectrum of doping and which he describes as purely an outcome of his dedication and focus The rest of tale is about how he sees the fellow cancer patient describing his empathy emotions efforts perspective which he tries to percolate to them in order to rekindle hope living strength of struggle endurance of pain which are by product of chemo are immensely appealing believing at least this part of story is true the Lance Armstrong as a person deserve an applauds if not as cyclist Considering both the facet of his life and resisting judgmental approach especially when we knew most of the paleton riding at that time were doping in some or other form the book offer an interesting perspective about how one should see a life overcoming all odds which are also forms part of our life citing out his own example for which it certainly deserve a read


  5. says:

    This book takes up where the first It's Not About the Bike left off Armstrong briefly reviews his bout with testicular cancer and then talks about the next several years of his life including the second through fifth of his consecutive Tour de France victories There's much detail in this volume about the cycling experience itself training how a team works together the races the traditions and emotions It's a great look behind the scenesUnfortunately Armstrong spent a good part of the book and a good part of his life defending himself against allegations of drug misuse He claims to have never failed a single drug test and to have never broken a single rule regarding drugsThere is also a lot about relationships He talks about the birth of the twin girls that followed his first son and the joy of parenthood However at the time of this writing his marriage was struggling he would eventually divorce and he explores the difficulties that his career and focus had placed on what should have been the most important thing in his life


  6. says:

    If you can read it a decade ago then it's inspirational If you read it now then it just seems hypocritical


  7. says:

    Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong tells the story of his life after he overcame cancer Armstrong is a seven time Tour De France winner which is arguably the hardest cycling race on the planet He wrote this book in collaboration with Sally Jenkins a sports writer It is the second book by Lance Armstrong after he wrote his first autobiography “It’s Not About The Bike” I was unaware of a second book until by chance I stumbled upon it I think that it is an injustice to have this book stowed away out of sight because it was a gripping read The story begins by describing how he won his first Tour De France win in 1999 with his team the US Postal Service after battling and surviving cancer It continues all the way until his Tour De France win in 2005 after six wins But Every Second Counts is not primarily about Armstrong’s cycling career It focuses on his morals and opinions in life He includes personal details like the birth of his twin daughters and marriage problems with his wife Kik Armstrong uses the same open frankness as in his first book giving his ideas on everything not holding back what he thinks whether it be good or badIn the book scenes were described but not with the familiar descriptive paragraph containing thousands of adjectives Armstrong used his thoughts and feelings at the time to piece together a clear picture of the event The first scene that I particularly enjoyed was when Armstrong was describing one of the stories that he was told that have kept him going throughout his life It begins by saying how some losses are greater than others and some you just have to let go of Then Armstrong says “When I need reminding of this I think of Sally Reed’s hair” Armstrong p 59 He then describes an event that occurred the day that he won the 1999 Tour De France Sally Reed his close friend was suffering from cancer and losing her hair from chemotherapy When Armstrong won she took the final strands of hair and threw them into the wind I liked this scene because even though it wasn’t about Lance Armstrong himself it obviously had so much meaning to him It was one of life’s lessons something he learned from Most autobiographies don’t contain the story behind the author just their history and achievements But Armstrong takes it to another level by describing how he came to be the man he is todayThe second scene I enjoyed was when Armstrong was describing his incidents with Jeff Spencer the US Postal Service’s team chiropractor Armstrong describes Jeff’s “Pink Tape” that can fix any problem be it tendinitis sore muscles or an aching back I enjoyed this scene because it was light hearted and fun It made me smile as I read it Even though Armstrong touched deep subjects in his book he also included happy moments that every book needs to keep you from becoming bored I really enjoyed this book Although it was not as interesting as Armstrong’s first book It’s Not About The Bike simply because there was not as much to write about compared to a battle with cancer it was still a very inspiring book I would recommend this book to older mature readers because of the language used the morals and opinions in the story and because the book is about the life of a adult athlete Younger readers may not understand fully what the book is about and perhaps in a few years time if I read the book again I would interpret even from the novel Sports and cycling fans would enjoy this book too if they wanted to get a deeper understanding of the life of a professional athlete


  8. says:

    I did not read the Spanish version though that's what seems to come up here Rather than a review just posting some of my favorite uotes from the book to preserve them What it teaches is this pain is temporary uitting lasts foreverMortal illness like most personal catastrophes comes on suddenly There's no great sense of foreboding no premonition you just wake up one morning and something's wrong in your lungs or your liver or your bones But near death cleared the decks and what came after was a bright sparkling awareness time is limited so I better wake up every morning fresh and know that I have just one chance to live this particular day right and to string my days together into a life of action and purposeSuffering I was beginning to think was essential to a good life and as inextricable from life as bliss It's a great enhancer It might last a minute or a month but eventually it subsides and when it does something else takes its place and maybe that thing is a greater space For happiness Each time I encountered suffering I believed that I grew and further defined my capacities not just my physical ones but my interior ones as well for contentment friendship or any other human experienceThe real reward for pain is this self knowledge If I uit however it would have lasted forever that surrender even the smallest act of giving up would have stayed with me for the duration When you feel like uitting you have to ask yourself which you would rather live withI'd lost races health and an old sense of self and each loss had its own place in the scheme of life Other losses if they came would have their places too There are certain inevitabilities You will grow older You will be forced to compromise in ways you never imagined and confront problems you thought you were immune to You will find a job and perhaps lose it You will fight with your mate shoulder unwanted responsibilities and cope with rank unfairness You can allow all of that to demoralize you Or you can let it shape you and trust that the shape will be interesting because of it


  9. says:

    So it looks as thought I'm going to live at least for another 50 years or But whenever I need to reassure myself of this as I sometimes doArmstrong's second book is a remarkably balanced account of his attempt to adjust to an 'ordinary' life after his extraordinary battle against cancer and subseuent win of the Tour de France with the US Postal teamLance does a commendable job at describing the difficulties that he encounters in trying to fulfill his roles as husband; father; cancer activist and world class athlete all the while battling the fear of the cancer returning and that negative publicity from unsubstantiated French doping allegations and investigations would ruin his image and that of his cancer foundation In a nutshell this book explores Lance's personal strategy in resolving the many conflicting interests and priorities that we're all faced withThe account of life on the road with US Postal were by far the highlight for me The grueling stages of the tour the thrills the constant training the honor and unwritten code of the Tour the comradeship and the Team above all elseLance tempers those accounts with his exploration of the difficulties living half of the year in Europe being an absentee father and having to manage his foundation as well as largely captain the US Postal TeamUnderling the narrative are constant reminders that Lance is intent on wasting not one second of the time he has left After his experiece with cancer he sees life as a race against the clock and one that he is not prepared to lose Against that background its hard not to welcome Lance's occasional periods of contemplating the lessons of life analyzing his own behavior and offering advice to others to save the dayHighly recommended as an easy read it'll eually grip you with action seuences and get you re assessing your own priorities and exactly how you would life your life if you appreciated just how short it wasAnother finish line is out there somewhere But I don't really want to find it yet


  10. says:

    This one is again a great book by lance and for me this book is about telling the life of an athlete and what does he goes about in his life How he balances his family friends and cyclingThis book starts once the lance won his 1st title in the race and is is getting ready for the next one and how he keeps winning till the time he ends up winning his 5th titleWhile there are surely few instances where he gives you advise for life ie 'You may not be able to solve the world problem though you can solve the problem which is just next corner'Or 'Life is a team work it's stupidity to just think of yourself all the time' For me this book also gives a perspective pertaining 'Why lance is a kind of person he is'A great book to read


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