Wednesday, October 14, 2009
What if Lance Armstrong had RA
What would Lance Armstrong have done if he had been diagnosed with RA? We all know Lance's strength in surviving cancer, becoming a role model and spokesman for cancer research and support as well as winning the Tour de France a record breaking seven times after beating cancer. Lance has inspired countless cancer patients into getting back up and getting on with their lives. But what would Lance have been able to do had he been diagnosed with our disease? My guess is he would not have hung his bicycle up in the garage and settled on looking backward at what he had accomplished. I also doubt that he would have won seven tours, but what an impressive spokesman we would have had. I'm not wishing RA on anyone, including Lance, just sitting here wondering what might have happened for the RA community had this dynamic athlete shared our disease.
Little known fact about me: Mike and I started riding road bikes in 1985 for a good cardio workout to improve our endurance for motorcycle racing. We were soon putting in 35-60 mile rides and were hooked. Before long, we both bought Cannondale bicycles and soon we were riding centuries (100 mile organized bicycle rides). We were also into mountain bikes as well, just a natural progression from racing dirt bikes to riding mountain bikes in the woods. I have been a huge Lance fan since around 91-92 when he won the US Amateur Championship and went to the 92 Summer Olympics.
Lance is the founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer research and support.
He won the Tour de France a record-breaking seven consecutive years, from 1999 to 2005. He is the only person to win the Tour seven times.