“Nowhere to run to baby, nowhere to hide…”
I have always admired Lance Armstrong as an athlete, and as (and in every sense of the word) a true competitor. Of course he is in no way a sprint/power athlete, nor can he be considered, by any stretch of the imagination, “Paleo”. But as a class-act person who happens to be an athlete, though, he’s got quite a bit to teach us all; lessons in humility, overcoming extreme odds, looking-down death itself, and the desire to give back to others. I really do wish that he’d find and spread the word of the efficacy of ketogenic diets in battling cancer; he’d be one hell of a spokes person.
And I have to say that I appreciate, and agree with, Lance’s stance on re-admitting “doped” athletes back into the competitive fold (which he touches on in this clip, after he deftly rips Paul Kimmage). Many would argue that a doped athlete should be banned for life, and I can certainly understand that point of view. Maybe my lenient bias comes from having once been a highly competitive athlete myself. I know all-too-well the “whatever it takes” mindset. Add to that, then, the obscene amounts of money that the top few of these athletes in any given sport stand to make, and you’ve just created an ultra-volatile combination. I think what the general public doesn’t fully grasp is that these athletes truly love their given sport, and to be tarnished in the eyes of that sport is unbelievably painful. It doesn’t make any sense then, I know, to take the chance on doping and getting busted. All I can say is, the drive to win sometimes overrides even the most powerful of feelings — even love. Some athletes will let close, loving relationships wither and die rather than take the chance on converting some training time to “relationship time”. Hell, I’ve seen this out of amateur athletes.
Anyway, Lance is one cool customer. Just watch how he handles reporter Paul Kimmage in this clip.