Lance Armstrong - Men’s Health Guy Jan 2009

So Lance makes the cover of the Jan\Feb 2009 issue of Men’s Health.  As one of the planet’s most competitive guys and in obviously good shape, he’s on track to compete in the 2009 Tour de France and attempt to claim an 8th win.

How does Lance do it?  How does he seemingly drive so hard and not feel any pain?  According to the article on the cycling machine, he uses a training method in which he rides at an intensity just under his lactic threshold (where the move from aerobic to anaerobic takes place and the breakdown of glucose causes lactic acid build up - that good old burn).

The article didn’t go any further into his training methods, but there were some good snapshots of Lance on and a bosu.  pfft…  And yes, apparently Lance swings the kettlebell.

Read the Men’s Health article, here.

Lance Armstrong Set to win Eighth Tour de France?

Lance Armstrong is going to attempt to win the Tour de France for an eighth time, coming out of retirement for the 2009 cycling season.

With seven consecutive Tour wins from 1999 to 2005, Armstrong is an icon around the World, known for an ability to fight not only severe lactic acid build up, but undeniable odds, also winning a serious battle with cancer in 1996.

Armstrong has also dealt with a very weak relationship with the French sports community. The guy has been accused again and again of using banned substances in previous seasons. In fact, the Tour de France organizers, the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), said in October that his return would be “embarrassing.” In his memoir, Every Second Counts“, Armstrong talked about the countless times that he’d get surprise visits from anti-doping specialists to make sure he wasn’t using.

And he never was. Despite wild claims otherwise, Armstrong has never tested positive for banned performance enhancing substances. Yep - it turns out he’s all natural power and win or lose in 2009, I’m certain he’ll give us a display of pure fierceness that we’ve come to expect from the man.