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My new Bible, It's Not About The Bike(10 posts)

My new Bible, It's Not About The Bikecyclingforhealth
Sep 21, 2003 9:59 AM
Without sounding blasphemous, I find reading Lance Armstrong's book has inspired my riding to a higher level. My miles are up since I started reading it. Now I just hope to get faster and lighter.
You're the one who's inspiring.cyclingforwealth
Sep 21, 2003 10:11 AM
I think there's inspiration for all of us in your messages.
I read the book too, Health.zonaspeed
Sep 21, 2003 10:45 AM
I found it very inspiring, as well. I especially like the part where Lance first started riding and he felt really good on the bike and a girl on a mountain bike passed him up and he was actually trying because that is how sick he was. I am a pretty good rider but there are still a few (probably always will be a few) better than me. The problems Lance faced can sometimes put our own problems into perspective.

Keep it up Health and do not give it up! Good job!
Rah rah, go team!Spoiler
Sep 21, 2003 6:19 PM
I can picture you sitting in front of your computer, wearing a cheerleader outfit....
re: My new Bible, Tao Te ChingSpoiler
Sep 21, 2003 1:29 PM
The chicks won't leave me along, and I'm not strong enough to say "No" to them. I need to follow my inner light live as the uncarved block.
I'm converting to Taoism. Lao-tse's writing inspires me to be happy whether I'm a fat dough-boy or a pencil-necked geek.
And Lao's never been divorced. Can't say that about your superhero, can you?!
The words of a good person acting like an imbecile?zonaspeed
Sep 21, 2003 4:31 PM
Spoiler, with all due respect sir, you speak like a youngster in college. That is fine, but you must not attempt to teach when you lack the capabilities of doing so, sir.

Now, a little bit about Tao:

In their attempt to be at one with nature, Taoists became obsessed with its agelessness and resilience. They speculated that perhaps by living in harmony with Tao, or nature's way, one could somehow tap into the secrets of nature and become immune to physical harm, diseases, and even death. Although Lao-tzu did not make this an issue, passages in Tao Te Ching seemed to suggest this idea. For example, chapter 16 says: "Being at one with the Tao is eternal. And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away."

Spoiler, during the Han dynasty (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.), the magical practices of Taoism reached a new peak. It was said that Emperor Wu Ti, though promoting Confucianism as the official State teaching, was much attracted to the Taoist idea of physical immortality. He was particularly taken up with concocting ‘immortality pills' by alchemy; Spoiler, you should know this. In the Taoist view, life results when the opposing yin and yang (female and male) forces combine. Thus, by fusing lead (dark, or yin) and mercury (bright, or yang), the alchemists were imitating the process of nature, and the product, they thought, would be an immortality pill. Spoiler, Taoists also developed Yogalike exercises, breath-control techniques, dietary restrictions, and sexual practices that were believed to strengthen one's vital energy and prolong one's life. Their paraphernalia included magic talismans that were said to render one invisible and invulnerable to weapons or enable one to walk on water or fly through space. They also had magic seals, usually containing the yin-yang symbol, affixed on buildings and over doorways to repel evil spirits and wild beasts.

By the second century C.E., Taoism became organized. A certain Chang Ling, or Chang Tao-ling, established a Taoist secret society in western China and practiced magical cures and alchemy. Because each member was levied a fee of five pecks of rice, his movement came to be known as the Five-Pecks-of-Rice Taoism (wu-tou-mi tao). Claiming that he received a personal revelation from Lao-tzu, Chang became the first "celestial master." Finally, it was said that he succeeded in making the elixir of life and ascended alive to heaven, riding a tiger, from Mount Lung-hu (Dragon-Tiger Mountain) in Kiangsi Province. With Chang Tao-ling there started a centuries-long succession of Taoist "celestial masters," each said to be a reincarnation of Chang.

I am sure you are a good man Spoiler, but please do not pretend to be an expert as something you are not. The territory you have trampled upon is something perhaps not, at this time, worthy of you. Perhaps you should consult my dear friend Dr. Hoo. Dr. Hoo can assist you further on this matter.'

Keep the rubber side down,

Thanks for the book reportSpoiler
Sep 21, 2003 6:12 PM
but "cut and paste" from an online reference doesn't make you an expert.
I was just making a joke, not playing Jeopardy! I'm glad I inspired you to do some online research for a little cut and paste action. Maybe I inspired you to learn something new.
Dr. Hoo's dear friend? I know Spank considers himself a friend of Hoo.
You can't polish a turd.
Positive thoughts to the Universal Consciousness(nm)spluti
Sep 21, 2003 8:00 PM
Sep 21, 2003 8:44 PM
You should all pray to the God of Cycling for fair weather, smooth roads and no cars!
Sep 21, 2003 8:49 PM
no hemmorhoids.