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I asked myself what I believed. I had never prayed a lot. I hoped hard, I wished hard, but I didn't pray. I had developed a certain distrust of organized religion growing up, but I felt I had the capacity to be a spiritual person, and to hold some fervent beliefs. Quite simply, I believed I had a responsiblity to be a good person, and that meant fair, honest, hardworking, and honorable. If I did that, if I was good to my family, true to my friends, if I gave back to my community or to some cause, if I wasn't a liar, a cheat, or a thief, then I believed that should be enough. At the end of the day, if there was indeed some Body or presence standing there to judge me, I hoped I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whther I believed in a certain book, or whether I'd been baptized. If there was indeed a God at the end of my days, I hoped he didn't say, "But you were never a Christian, so you're going the other way from heaven." If so, I was going to reply, "You know what? You're right. Fine."

From Lance Armstrong's It's Not About the Bike pages 116-117.



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I would ultimately like to join the Men's Health Belly Off Club. Not getting winded going up the stairs to bed would be a nice bonus. Also, cardiovascular disease scares the crap out of me.


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I am trying to lose weight. Actually, I was watching a comedian on Comedy Central that said the only reason people go to the gym or work out, is to look good naked. I kinda agree.



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  • v KA_JUN
    Agreement on the pale shoulders for cyclists, but tri folks might take umbrage at that perspective!
    1749 days ago
  • v HEALTHY1JESS
    Thanks for the comment on my blog! Yeah, it was awesome heading out for a cache with my mom. My husband and I have been caching since summer '09, and she has caught the bug, too....1/1s for now, but that's just fine! It's fun to start!

    Have a great day! emoticon
    1750 days ago
  • v KA_JUN
    Haha, that's awesome! I remember that redlining feeling on my first race, practically about to puke, heart rate in the low 170s, I thought I was going to die.

    You have any races this year?
    1750 days ago
  • v KA_JUN
    Free pass? Hmmm, you never know. I love Wiens, he's like an everyman. Guys like Lance and Levi are like cycling deities, inhuman. Good job on doing your first race, it's a big deal to make the decision to get out there, frankly, I was scared as all get out. Bummer about the chain, but a good story to tell, for sure! How was it, did you have fun?

    I got the idea to race after reading Ned Overend's "Mountain Bike like a Champion". Good stuff!
    1750 days ago
  • v DELYCO
    Ha! I didn't expect any comments on a cement kiln blog! It takes a special person to survive in a cement plant, especially as a high-schooler on summer break! The jobs they give to the young men are the WORST!!!
    1751 days ago
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