Success Doesn't Always Come Easy

Written by Dave Cole

On a raw, cold day inrepparttar European Alps, Lance Armstrong steered his bike intorepparttar 144488 sleeting snow, then stopped. His partner riding inrepparttar 144489 car behind him urged Lance to give it up forrepparttar 144490 day and return torepparttar 144491 comfort of his shelter.

But Lance Armstrong considered himself a winner, and a person who was willing to do whatever it took to accomplish his goals. Withrepparttar 144492 frigid cold and wailing wind biting at his back, Armstrong said, "No, I'm going on."

Hopping back on his bike he rode for seven more hours, in that storm.....alone. Lance was determined, determined to win ......and winrepparttar 144493 three week, 2,290 mile Tour de France bicycle race he did!

He won because he was willing to do absolutely anything, including riding in weather conditions when no one else would ride.

Growing up his mother Linda taught Lance a most valuable lesson he never forgot: "Son, you never quit." That lesson was to prove invaluable to Armstrong in 1996.

After winningrepparttar 144494 Tour Dupont and competing inrepparttar 144495 Olympics, Lance became ill and was diagnosed with testicular cancer. At one point, his doctors gave him chances of surviving at less than 50%.

Undergoing chemotherapy and even a very risky brain surgery to remove cancerous lesions, Armstrong became physically weak, but managed to stay mentally strong.

He began to set goals of having his blood counts being at levels doctors told him they should be. Lance would actually visualize his counts meetingrepparttar 144496 doctors hoped for marks. He says, "I would concentrate on that number, as if I could makerepparttar 144497 counts by mentally willing it."

Improve Your Game with Sport Performance Sunglasses©

Written by Valerie Giles

Sunglasses are fundamental in protectingrepparttar eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and eye damage. Withrepparttar 144487 popularity of almost every imaginable outdoor sport such as snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking and golfing to name a few,repparttar 144488 need for sports performance sunglasses is onrepparttar 144489 rise.

Much research and technology has gone intorepparttar 144490 making of sports sunglasses. The importance of having lightweight, durable, flexible and safe glasses is of special importance forrepparttar 144491 avid sports enthusiast.

First off you will want lenses that offerrepparttar 144492 ultimate in UVA and UVB protection. As UV light damagesrepparttar 144493 cornea and retina causing future problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration, cancer ofrepparttar 144494 eye or photokeratitis (sunburn ofrepparttar 144495 retina), you will want lenses that have one hundred percent UV protection. The UV protection should be stated onrepparttar 144496 label, if it is not you probably donít want to buyrepparttar 144497 lenses.

Sports sunglasses offer many excellent features inrepparttar 144498 design and overall shape that will ensure comfort, fit and safety to withstandrepparttar 144499 rugged demands of active sports. Features such as shock frames, shatterproof polycarbonate lenses, durability, ventilation and non-slip grips are atrepparttar 144500 top ofrepparttar 144501 list when selecting youíre sports sunglasses. The lightweight shock frames provide excellent coverage that will not bounce or shift during athletic activity. Used for active life-stylesrepparttar 144502 sunglasses will withstandrepparttar 144503 extra tough demands of active sports. The lightweight frames offer comfort, longwearing and absorbing qualities.

The shatterproof polycarbonate lenses prove great for people needing high impact resistance in a pair of sunglasses. Polycarbonate is one ofrepparttar 144504 newest technologies in lens materials. The material is similar to that used for bullet resistant glass in autos. Becauserepparttar 144505 polycarbonate material is naturally UV absorbing,repparttar 144506 clear lenses can even boast one hundred percent UV protection. Some polycarbonate is approved for use in safety glasses. The shatterproof lenses are lightweight, impact-resistant, durable and scratch-resistant;repparttar 144507 lenses are virtually break proof, peace of mind for those high impact sports enthusiasts. The polycarbonate eyewear isrepparttar 144508 only eyewear approved for use with most Police and Fire Departments.

The durability ofrepparttar 144509 lenses is another important quality ofrepparttar 144510 sports sunglasses. Having lenses and frames that are scratch resistant, lightweight yet durable is necessary withrepparttar 144511 demands of some ofrepparttar 144512 high impact sports. Polyamide is a popular material used today for frames, great because it keeps its shape even under stress. Both sunglasses and goggles offer excellent ventilation systems within their lens and frame designs. This is an important feature to eliminate fog and condensation during activity, ensuring proper vision and safety while atrepparttar 144513 same time blocking incoming harmful rays. Lastlyrepparttar 144514 no-slip temple grips and nose pads (usually made of rubber) is a feature that goes without explaining. The need for sunglasses to stay securely in place during athletic activity (while providing comfort and non-distorted vision) can be crucial given some sport situations.

Havingrepparttar 144515 proper sports sunglasses can have a profound effect on an athlete's overall performance. Not only do sunglasses and eyewear protectrepparttar 144516 eyes from harmful UV rays, but also athletes wearing protective eyewear, such as goggles with polycarbonate (shatterproof) lenses are spared injury. Face shields using polycarbonate are also used for baseball catchers, hockey, and football players. Itís important to never substitute regular sunglasses during sports. Sunglasses for standard street wear are not made ofrepparttar 144517 same safety materials as sports sunglasses and will most likely not hold up if under impact,repparttar 144518 glasses could shatter or bend causing pieces ofrepparttar 144519 frame or lens to cause eye or even face injury.

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