Quote of the week: “Pain is temporary”

Since it’s July I decided to go with a Tour de France themed quote to kick of this brand new weekly series.

It’s the year 2003.

It is likely that you are the proud owner of a Nokia 3310.

Lance Armstrong is the envy of the world and the darling of the USA. If you are a cyclist, your spouse gave you his book “It’s Not About the Bike” for Christmas. If you are not a cyclist, you still got the book, but from your distant cousin who can not shut-up about his latest race bike.

In 2003 I was 14 and very much a Lance fan, bookworm and cyclist. When my dad bought me the book I devoured it. Henceforth my cycling career was forever enhanced. In particular by this quote:

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. – Lance Armstrong in ‘It’s Not About the Bike’

Despite what your thoughts may be on Lance, this is a fantastic statement to repeat when you feel your sporting resolve dwindling. If you are wondering what my thoughts on the guy are, let’s just say a lot of unpleasant and tragic things have happened since 2003. I sure wish I could still believe in the heros I had back then.

But I’m no longer 14.

And while even my Nokia 3310 let me down at some point, I can always do with a good mantra to get me through the last stretch of road.



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