I feel I have preferred to work with pleasure. I bicycled for pleasure, not for pain. (not to put myself in his bicycling category.) I never exercised with the idea of "no pain, no gain." It made no sense to me.
I was only saying that I think he and I came to this from two different perspectives. I am greatly enjoying the book, and certainly admire him, but I never had that fire of anger in myself that motivated him. His mother was wonderful, but his early father figures were either non-existent, or violent, and certainly not helpful. I had two loving parents who adored me in every way. Where I was taught to take it easy and not to push, he was taught the opposite. I was simply trying to say that his words are helpful to me now, and I see that our backgrounds are very different. Probably why I have not won the Tour De France, and never had a desire to do so.
Anyway, Lance and I both have our strengths. We just manifest them in different ways.