Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Liar, Liar, Bike Shorts on Fire

It may seem that everyone has already had their say about Lance Armstrong. But I haven't and since the title of my book is a permutation of the title of his best selling book I feel a connection with Lance.

Years ago when people were going after him for doping, I was saying, "No, no, people are jealous of his success and want to bring him down! He works like a dog and that's why he wins."

I supported him even when he--well, his assistant--turned down my request to write a foreword to my book saying, "Mr. Armstrong regrets he cannot lend energy to your project at this time and wishes you the best of luck." 

I understood. He was busy training--and fending off jealous critics!


I watched the Oprah interview. His eyes looked dead to me--even when he was getting emotional about his kids. I'm glad he's in therapy but you know what? That dude needs spiritual counseling. Seriously.

I want to ask, "Lance, what gives your life meaning? Where do you find joy? What are your spiritual beliefs? How do you nurture your spiritual life? What does it mean to love? What do you think happens when you die? Do you believe in a higher power--other than yourself?"

And I don't mean that last question to sound snarky. I don't care if he's aetheist, agnostic, sudoku or acrostic. I'm sincerely wondering what/who is going to get him through those times when he awakens in the middle of the night, turns over on his left side, turns over on his right, can't go back to sleep. Stuck with his thoughts--if only, if only, if only .  .  .

The dark night of the soul.

Mr. Armstrong, I sincerely wish I could help you at this time. Best of luck. If there is anything I can do, let me know.

1 comment:

crowther said...

Yes, it's interesting to return to Lance's book, years later. Personally, I think future editions should be titled "It WAS about the bike." He (or anybody) would only have cheated if the desire to win was central to his existence. His comeback, in which he risked further investigations into his past because he wanted to win some more, further revealed this emphasis on winning. So now that that is gone, I think you're right to wonder what else will fill him up.