27 July, 2006

Heroes Are Too Cheap

I had planned to write a long post in honour of the Tour De France on Sunday when the race wrapped up. Instead I was in and out and in the Summit E.R.

I was crazy mad with pain in a way that only a person who has been there can understand. At one point I was on my hands and knees screaming in someone's office, because the E.R. had no more beds. (People without regular doctors use the E.R. as their primary care physician and were all being treated for sore throats at roughly the same time I was trying to give birth to a 3mm piece of rock.)

I thought of two things during the times that they waited to make sure I wasn't "drug-seeking" (heck, I WAS drug-seeking, insofar as the drugs lessen your desire to have your throat slit by a rusty green penny) and poking me with needles to find a vein. The first thing was that verse in Revelation, which I am probably misquoting:
...there shall be no more death. Neither sorrow nor crying, and no more pain. The former things are all passed away. He that sat upon the throne said "behold! I make all things new"


The second thing was Floyd Landis. He had an amazing comeback earlier in the week, pushing himself beyond all conceivable limits to acheive the once-impossible and win the race. I was inspired by Floyd, even during the moments when I begged my husband to let me die. (I know this sounds dramatic, but I promise you if you've ever been there you'd understand how utterly mundane it is to want to give up when faced with this.)

Now they say that Floyd may have cheated. I am both sad and relieved. I'm sad to think that he could desire glory so much as to sacrifice his honour. But I'm more relieved. Because when I see other people do the impossible it makes me feel as though I'm chained to mediocrity in a very petty way. Cheating acknowledges that it is called "the impossible" for a reason, and makes me feel less ashamed to be mired in the possible.

5 Comments:

At 8:10 AM, July 28, 2006, Blogger jag said...

My hubby is a biker too, and he got me interested in the Tour over the last couple of years. The casual observer wouldn't know how much is really involved, and I was impressed and a Lance supporter.

I didn't watch this year, but when the husband told me about Floyd's finish (from last year, I think) even with a broken collarbone, I was very happy about him being Lance's successor.

Then I heard this news. And this news sucks.

 
At 9:03 AM, July 28, 2006, Anonymous Hubby said...

Actually, the rider who finished the tour with a broken collarbone was Tyler Hamilton and he did it in 2003. Ironically, Tyler later received a two-year suspension from professional cycling due to an accusation of illegal blood doping - not drug use, per se, but a process through which one boosts their red blood cell count via transfusions. (A claim that he still denies to this day.)

Floyd Landis, like Tyler, did ride as support for Lance on the U.S. Postal team, then both went on to ride for the Swiss team, Phonak. Floyd stepped up into the team leader position when Tyler was suspended and has been having an amazing year with a number of key wins in U.S. and European races.

Of all the pro riders in the tour, Floyd is one of the last ones that I would expect to engage in any type of banned substance use. He really does seem like "one of the good guys". Here's hoping that he's able to be proven innocent and that this unfortunate situation won't end up detracting from what was truly one of the most phenomenal accomplishments in the history of professional cycling.

 
At 9:30 AM, July 28, 2006, Blogger ceeelcee said...

"insofar as the drugs lessen your desire to have your throat slit by a rusty green penny"

I'll never cease to be amazed by your turn of a phrase, Kat! Even when describing such a horrible situation.

I'm sorry you had to go through this again.

 
At 1:19 PM, July 28, 2006, Blogger jag said...

Looks like I got my bikers all sorts of mixed up. I'd better pay more attention next year.

I'm hoping too!

 
At 3:48 PM, July 28, 2006, Blogger Short and Fat said...

Kinda puts my sinus problems in perspective.

I just don't understand enough about the test. The talking heads state the test relates to a ratio of two types of testosterone. His ratio was too high (1/11 vs 1/6 which is supposed to be normal) but some folks state this may me physiologically possible.

I started on the 'roids years ago, how else would I get this kind of bulk.

 

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