CLOSING THE BOOK ON LANCE

     It looks like a consensus is developing on Lance Armstrong: in the wake of the detailed and lengthy report by the US Anti Doping Administration, most poeple – plus Nike – have decided that Lance was a fraud, and want no more to do with him.  Lance’s recent resignation as director of  the LIve Strong Foundation ackowledges as much. 
     One interesting part of the fallout from this is an article recently written by a former editor of Bicycling Magazine, Steve Madden (http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/39875782Very) in which he essentially wrote that he had always suspected the truth but wasn’t in a position to report it.  More interesting, perhaps, were some of the poster responses, especially the guy who said Madden is not a journalist; he’s a PR flunky and hack.  Sure, many of us wanted to believe, but those on the inside or with special knowledge, and an obligation to report the truth should have stepped forward.
     This whole process has been interesting.  The release of the USADA report was ovbviously a huge game changer.  Meanwhile, the Tour d’France announced that if the international cycling union, UCI, adopts the USADA’s recommendation and strips Lance of his 7 titles, then they will simply have no official winner for those 7 years.  That must be because the runners-up have also been found to be dopers.  Quite an indictment of the race and the sport.
     So where does pro cycling go from here?  Is this a watershed moment, or is this shoveling sand against the tide?  Does it even matter?
     It’s been said that Americans embrace sport because we lack a national religion, and this takes it’s place for us.  Perhaps there’s some truth to that.  But our mania for sports heroes – and winning at all costs – is out of hand.  Nike for one should admit that it is responsible in part for this, too – like it’s ad campaign of a few years ago declaring “Second Place is First Loser.” 
     I say the hell with them all.  Forget pro sports and go out for a run or a ride yourself.  We should all participate in our own lives instead of being spectators.
 
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Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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