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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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  • v KA_JUN
    Agreement on the pale shoulders for cyclists, but tri folks might take umbrage at that perspective!
    2086 days ago
    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
    2087 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?
    2087 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!
    2087 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!!!
    2088 days ago
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