The Price of Greatness

The Price of Greatness

Friday’s Workout
A) Every Minute On the Minute (EMOM) for 10 minutes
2 Squat Cleans
– goal is max weight

B) EMOM for 5 minutes
Max reps strict pull-ups
-If scaling pull-ups, aim for 7-10 reps

C) 3 rounds, each for time of
10 Squat Cleans
30 double unders
10 strict pull ups
30 double unders
– cutoff for each round 3 min
– rest after each round for exactly your time of the round

… and coming Monday
Front Squat 5-5-5
3x max effort sets Handstand Pushup
-Working at ~80% of 1RM
-Alternate between FS and HSPU
5 rounds, each round for time, on the 4:00
200 Run
10 Thruster @ 50% of Front Squat weight usedI’ve been struggling a lot with my feelings about Lance. I grew up with him winning the Tour. I didn’t know much about him until after his first win, and then I read his books. I was adventure racing and he was winning (and his training and wins were a continuous source of inspiration)… and he kept on winning. And I kept on getting inspired by his story – of time after time after time, defying the odds, battling it out, and winning. For me, he was the epitome of ‘anything is possible’.

And then there has been all his work for good for cancer and cancer research. The thousands (probably millions) of lives he has touched, the countless people with the disease he has inspired, who knows how many lives his story has actually been responsible for saving, family lives touching, and story inspiring and providing hope.

And then there is the cheating… great. He cheated. And so did all the other guys in the peloton. Lance just didn’t get caught. Had they all been clean, including him, would he still have won those Tours? Probably.

So what do you do with all of that?

Is he “guilty”? Did he cheat? Did he lie? Did he deceive? Did he throw others ‘under the bus’. Yes. He did.

Does that change the fact that his presence in the world has done an immeasurable amount of good? No, it doesn’t.

I’m still not quite sure how to feel about the whole thing… but I know this. I can understand how a guy at his age and level in the sport of cycling could do such a thing. And I can also see how easy it would have been to get caught up in the whole thing… and have built up a story so big around it that it felt impossible to get out of (by telling the truth). I also know that I am far from perfect, and were I in his shoes, though I’d like to think I would have done it differently, really, I’m not sure.

I’m inclined to say that his goodness in the world far outweighs his crimes, but I’m also curious what you think. How do you resolve this for yourself?




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