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One picture is worth a thousand words.(17 posts)

One picture is worth a thousand words.Humma Hah
Jul 22, 2003 7:30 AM
I saw this one on Yahoo yesterday, and made it my wallpaper for the day. I booted the computer this morning and this thing flashed up and nearly terrified me. I just had to find the original link and post it.

This is why Armstrong is a champion and I'm NOT.

http://sports.yahoo.com/sc/photo?slug=1058806969.tour_de_france_tdf140&prov=ap
agreeDougSloan
Jul 22, 2003 7:40 AM
I think I've (sorta) felt what it appears he is feeling, and I don't like it. Pushing through that kind of pain is no fun at all. But then, this is why he gets the big bucks. At least when he's pushing through that kind of pain he's winning the Tour de France, not just hanging off the back of the local group ride.

Doug
Lance says he enjoys suffering,OldEdScott
Jul 22, 2003 7:56 AM
finding it a tool of self discovery. I bet the moment captured in that photo is worth a year on the shrink's couch.
but only if he's winning, I imagineDougSloan
Jul 22, 2003 8:01 AM
Suffering at the back is no fun. Suffering at the front of the TdF, that's something else...

Doug
Interesting question.OldEdScott
Jul 22, 2003 8:13 AM
In the interview I read, he made the comment in reference to training. But I wonder if there would be a distinction. Training is by definition hopeful, winning is positive. Suffering down the mountain five minutes adrift of Ullrich in a TdF stage -- well, it might not be ENJOYABLE suffering, but I bet there'd be some serious self-discovery.
so, "suffering is its own reward"? ;-) nmDougSloan
Jul 22, 2003 8:41 AM
I think Lance believes that. And that's the onlyOldEdScott
Jul 22, 2003 8:54 AM
thing that separates Lance from you and me! (That and about 700 watts).
ya, mostly the watts...DougSloan
Jul 22, 2003 9:01 AM
I freakin love suffering. I just don't enjoy it as much slogging up hills around here at 4 mph as I would if I were winning the biggest race on the planet.

Lance makes 600 watts at LT. I make about 200 these days. For the same amount of suffering, I'll take the 600, please.

Doug
I must freakin love it tooOldEdScott
Jul 22, 2003 9:23 AM
since there's no way to ride a bike out here in the knobs WITHOUT suffering. No such thing as a 'recovery ride.' I look at the mountain stages and say "What's the big deal? That looks like my driveway." Scenery's a little prettier in France, though. And the 'podium girls' at the end of my ride usually want me to fix something for them.
same hereDougSloan
Jul 22, 2003 9:43 AM
Those pansies top out around 6,000 feet elevation. Heck, this weekend I'm going from sea level to 9,300 feet and back, and likely ending in 105 degree heat. Wusses.

They do go a bit faster, though.

Doug
A little extra fiber in the AM should take care of that ...nmthatsmybush
Jul 22, 2003 8:20 AM
re: One picture is worth a thousand words.Pygme
Jul 22, 2003 8:37 AM
When I was a kid, that was the same look my father gave me.....just before he started whoopin' my @$$ with a 2 inch wide belt!
re: One picture is worth a thousand words: The pics of Ullrich tbiggearlover
Jul 22, 2003 9:09 AM
aken at the same time are no different. More interesting is how both LA's and JU's facial expression can change subtly in these last kilometers.
re: One picture is worth a thousand words: The pics of Ullrich tbiggearlover
Jul 22, 2003 9:45 AM
to prove my point.
cases of parallel planetary developmentterry b
Jul 22, 2003 10:48 AM
I wonder how many people added LA to their wallpaper yesterday? All of us out there living our separate lives together.

Last year I had a photo of "Go Lance" that was painted on the rainy streets of the Prologue. Up until yesterday my wallpaper was the Hincapie high sign from the TTT. Yesterday I switched to this one:
I dunno. I get that same look when I step on cat poop...Sintesi
Jul 22, 2003 2:33 PM
in my bathroom in the middle of the night. Happens occasionally -sometimes they knock a tiny croissant out of the box.

Perhaps I have what it takes to ride Le Tour.
caption: MUST...KILL...THE BOY!nmNPA
Jul 22, 2003 4:47 PM