Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong would have gone down in history. Lance had many things in his life that he had to get over. Armstrong had to do many hours of training for the bike races, his four goals in biking are harder: Incinerate fat, faster: Gain speed, better; Ride more, stronger: Build endurance. He thought those four goals would make him the greatest biker in the world. Lance Armstrong had to battle testicular cancer, he was diagnosed in 1996. When he found out the he was diagnosed with cancer it kept him off the bike. Lance had to be above the media and be his own person, and not act like he was the best biker there was. He had won most difficult bike race in the world! Not only did he win Tour de France, he won it seven times the most in bike racing history.

Lance Armstrong won ton of other medals beside the Tour de France . Lance did not remains an amateur for long. In 1990, he became the U.S. National Amateur Champion, and then he biked The Italy’s eleven-day Settimana Bergamasca race, and in 1992. Then in 1992, when he turned professional, Armstrong was asked to join the Motorola cycling team. Life as a professional cyclist was not without its speed bumps. In his first pro race, Spain’s San Sebastian Classic, Armstrong came in last out of a field of 111 participants. Two weeks later, however, he wowed the racing circuit when he placed second in the World Cup, held in Zurich. That was just some of his races! He had a lot and more get races then was just the beginning.

Then it took more to go out there and just ride on his bike.  He had to work hard.  For sure, he did have dedication, determination and discipline. By being focused in his fitness regime and workouts, he managed to become a great athlete and a great cyclist widely recognized around the world. He was totally disciplined because he followed his fitness routine regularly. It did not matter if he was in the mood or not, he had to make sure he was in the mood to work out and train. He carefully monitored his heart rate and lactic acid. Armstrong’s coach Chris Carmichael said that “even overtaxed, his anaerobic power was so awesome that he could win almost any one-day race, but it could never sustain him for a three-week race. His own physical gift was burning him out. But his aerobic power was sustainable and undertrained.” Lance Armstrong’s workouts in strength, weight, endurance and resistance workouts, his body is built for endurance cycling because he “possesses a large, strong heart that can beat more than 200 times a minute operating.

Lance Armstrong was on top of the world, people said at age 25 he was invisible no one could stop him. By then he had a couple of first place medals from the Tour de France, but then his life changed he was diagnosed with cancer. The doctor said “The diagnosis was testicular cancer, stage 3. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-35, and when diagnosed early, has a very good cure rate of 90%. However, Lance being a seemingly healthy young man ignored the warning signs. By the time the cancer was diagnosed, it had spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. His chances of survival dimmed.” Lot of family, friends and strong mind declared him not to be a cancer victim but a cancer survivor. His treatment lasted from October to December 1996. After that he kept racing and he made a foundation call life strong.

Lance is one of the most celebrated athletes in the world, making history in 2005 by winning the prestigious Tour de France bicycle race for the seventh consecutive year. But he is more than just an amazing cyclist with phenomenal endurance; he is also a survivor who has inspired millions of people around the world. In 1996, Lance was diagnosed with cancer, and with the same fierce focus he brings to competition he tackled his illness and won. Since then, Lance has become a leader in the cancer community through the Lance Foundation, which focuses on educating the public about early cancer detection and raising money to find a cure for the disease that kills more than half a million people in the United States each year.

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