Every Second Counts

Every Second Counts

by Lance Armstrong

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 2000.Now, in this much-anticipated follow-up, Armstrong shares more details of his remarkable life story, including four more Tour de France wins, an Olympic medal, and the births of his twin daughters Grace and Isabelle.

  • Category: Biography
  • Rating: 3.52
  • Isbn10: 0641577850

What People Think about "Every Second Counts"

A mellow guy cant come back from cancer and win the TDF multiple times without being intense.

Despite believing that Lance Armstrong was a drug using cheat, I really enjoyed his first book "It's Not About The Bike". Of 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. After 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 drugs. The 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. 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.

It's a great "look behind the scenes." Unfortunately, Armstrong spent a good part of the book (and a good part of his life) defending himself against allegations of drug misuse.

Every Second Counts, by Lance Armstrong, tells the story of his life after he overcame cancer. It is the second book by Lance Armstrong, after he wrote his first autobiography, Its Not About The Bike. 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. 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. The second scene I enjoyed was when Armstrong was describing his incidents with Jeff Spencer, the US Postal Services team chiropractor. Sports and cycling fans would enjoy this book too, if they wanted to get a deeper understanding of the life of a professional athlete.

Quitting lasts forever." "Mortal 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. 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 experience." "The real reward for pain is this: self-knowledge. When you feel like quitting, you have to ask yourself which you would rather live with." "I'd lost races, health, and an old sense of self, and each loss had its own place in the scheme of life.

But whenever I need to reassure myself of this, as I sometimes do.." Armstrong's second book is a remarkably balanced account of his attempt to adjust to an 'ordinary' life after his extraordinary battle against cancer and subsequent win of the Tour de France with the US Postal team. Lance 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 Team.

For me this book also gives a perspective pertaining 'Why lance is a kind of person he is' .

In 1999, he was named the American Broadcasting Company's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.