"A lot. From
"What if I
Three meters of snow. Guy says there's no way you can ride. No way."
And so on. This is
how Armstrong rolls. By continuing to ask questions long after most of us would
have become resigned to our fate, he eventually hears a palatable answer. Can
this persistence be annoying? Absolutely. But it is useful in someone who
intends nothing less than to change the world.
In the end he and
Bruyneel stopped before the avalanche spot. Bruyneel told Armstrong to get in
the car, told him he was done for the day. Armstrong begged to differ. "I
think I'm going to ride a little more," he said, "go down 10K and come
As the Texan
vanished down the mountain, Bruyneel stood in the rain, his grin cutting the
gloom. "That's what it takes to win the Tour," he said. "Training
in this weather. Nobody sees that."
Doug Ulman was
sitting in his dorm room at Brown in October 1997 when he got an e-mail from a
stranger: I just wanted to let you know that, as athletes, we have a lot in
common. I've just started the Lance Armstrong Foundation. I know you have your
own organization; if there's any way we can work together, let me know.