Thu, 27 July 2006
Think back to how you felt after stage 16 only to find the truth after stage 17.
I have no idea what is going on, but I want to tell you a story. I got a question from a listener that asked why Dr Allen Lim and CycleOPS gave so much audio and "insider" information to the show. I thought about this question, and to be honest asked myself the same question. Well, I got the answer first hand from David from CycleOPS. As we sat at lunch yesterday, I asked him, and he simply said, "it is for our love of the sport."
We are now faced with the charges against Floyd. I have had 100 E-Mails and countless calls. Everyone is just floored. I'm not sure what to say, but I will tell you this. At the level that 99.9% of us are at with sport, we love the noise at the finish line. We love the finisher T-Shirt. We love when the announcer says "You are an IRONMAN." We love the innocence of sport. We love the 4am wake up calls. We love telling our friends that we are signed up to do an Ironman. We love the medal we get for finishing. We love the search for new nutrition ideas. We love saving enough money to buy a faster set of wheels. We love the thought of race day. We love talking to others doing the same race. We love the friendships that are formed in training. We love the feeling of sitting at the keyboard signing up for our first Ironman. We love the plaque on the wall that shows you finishing the race. We just love sport.
I know that Floyd loves the same things we do. I just hope and pray that the innocence is still something deep inside of him. Deep down inside I think this will pass and he will REMAIN the greatest champion. I'm behind you Floyd. I believe in you. I made the mistake of doubting after stage 16 only to learn about your heart at the end of 17. I will not judge the same this time. With that I put my trust in you!
Category:Tour de France -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT