Trek Women
June 20, 2008

Whatever it takes...

Picture1That’s the inscription that Johan Bruyneel wrote for me when he signed my copy of his new book We Might As Well Win on Wednesday afternoon. Johan is the Director of the ASTANA Cycling Team and the man who coached Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France wins and in the process turned pro cycling on its ear.

My friends at Revolution Cycles – the Clarendon, VA store – hosted the book signing and for a lunchtime event, I’d say there were at least 100 people there to meet the legend. Johan took questions from the audience first. Number one was whether he thought the ASO was going to allow Astana to compete in the Tour this summer. Johan doesn’t think they will reverse the decision and at this point, he has focused the team on winning other races including the upcoming Vuelta a Espana (Spain).

Johan also told us the story behind his book. After he retired from the pro circuit, Johan was trying to figure out what his second life was going to be when Lance Armstrong (after battling cancer and determined to make a comeback) approached him to direct the USPS team. They decided to concentrate on the Tour. Lance thought he could win a couple of stages, Johan replied, “If we’re going to do this, we might as well win.” Meaning, win the whole thing. And they did, because they believed they would win the whole thing.

I’m still reading the book and it’s engrossing and thought-provoking. I keep coming back to Johan’s message, “whatever it takes.” Sometimes, you just have to get through the day with whatever it takes. But, when you think about your personal goals and dreams, pursue them with whatever it takes. You’ve got to believe in yourself.

P.S. I ran into an old friend at the event, Rob “The Beast” my favorite spin guru. It was so great to see you and meet your family!!!

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