Floyd, part 2 for good wishes and general comments
Posted 12 October 2006 - 05:39 PM
(if you have a specific question, particularly if it's testing related, you're much better off finding the appropriate thread and posting there because it's not likely to get noticed here).
Posted 12 October 2006 - 07:19 PM
I've been on a few days now and i am getting isotoped OUT. You must be seeing molecules in your dreams. Must say, I sure have learned a lot about doping etc. But I need a break. My eyes hurt!
I met you at the Univest Grand Prix wearing my yellow "Support Floyd Landis" shirt. Now that was a shocker finding out you were actually there! Way cool.
So, besides sitting at your computer, how are your days going? How are you feeling? Having much pain? I am confused as to exactly what you had done to the hip? Femur head replaced? or resurfaced?
Please stick around this forum, it's really cool to watch all this go down.
Posted 12 October 2006 - 08:15 PM
As name will imply, I'm consigned to cyclist hell, otherwise known as Houston, Texas. My point is that about 1-2 years ago, the Houston Police Department's crime lab came up with all sorts of problems. Turns out that its technicians were untrained or incompetent, failed to follow testing protocols and chain of custody for the evidence and all sorts of other major problems in procedures. Their failures resulted in innocent people being convicted and going to jail.
So when some of y'all scoff at these "technicalities" please remember they are there for very important reasons. The testing isn't as simple as stepping on a scale to measure one's weight (and even the scale must be calibrated).
The City Council closed the lab and hired an investigator to review the problems. He's come back with some stark findings.
So, Floyd, good luck and I hope that the arbitrators are open-minded enough to accept the possibility that the lab is not above making mistakes (and some would say intentionally falsifying results). If the lab can't follow procedures, how can there be confidence in the results of very sensitive and complex tests that necessitate subjective analysis?
Posted 20 October 2006 - 01:01 AM
Was so pissed off a couple of months ago I could not find a way to email you to show my support, me and some friends started a forum. It was almost like we needed a place to say what we were thinking even if no one saw it.
Anyway, know your busy here and with other minor issues (hip, career, family ) but if you ever get bored stop by.....www.floydlandisfans.com. Small group but they are all big fans of yours. We posted a link to this site so they may stop by here too. If you ever do stop by PM me and I will free up the username Floyd. Have it reserved right now.
BTW, do you think your hearing will be at the USADA headquarters in Colorado? Me and a bud are thinking about flying wherever it is and wearing "Pat McQuaid Sucks" T-shirts!
This post has been edited by hudson: 20 October 2006 - 01:02 AM
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Posted 02 November 2006 - 02:42 AM
Anyway, I just wanted to show my support and wish you well. Earlier in the year, truth be told, I wasn't as big of a fan.....mostly because you were kicking Disco's ass, and I wanted to see George and company win something ....but as the year progressed and the TdF started, my admiration and respect for you and your abilities at that point had increased dramatically, and like many others, was really pulling for you to win. I think the hip really put things in perspective for many...including myself...in that you have many people who are good at what they do, and then you have a select group people who are on a completely different level than most others - whether it be due to a natural talent, relentlessly hard work and focus, or a combination of both. I really believe Lance was the same way as well.....I'm finishing up his book "It's Not About the Bike", and it has been a real eye-opener into what he's been through, and how he's accomplished what he has.
Watching your Stage 17 victory was one of the most impressive things I've seen to date. While it's been said many times over that "gee, he bonked on 16, and came back on 17 and killed everyone".....anyone who's seriously ridden a bike knows that a person can have an extremely hard day one day and feel like crap, and the very next day can go out and ride like the wind.
I really hope you are cleared and can defend your title next year. With Vino hopefully in the ranks (one of my favorite riders to watch), as well as Basso, it should prove to be a very tough race. With a fully recovered hip and successful preparation though, I don't think they'll be beating you, barring any unfortunate circumstances.
BTW, I had a bike fitting done by Bill Peterson this past summer, and got some of his insoles - night and day difference in comfort on the bike. I see that you as well as a few other pros are mentioned on his site, and we talked for a bit during the fitting.....I'm kinda curious how they helped someone like you who spends 6-8 hours a day on the bike, day in and day out? I used to suffer from numb toes, lower back, hip, and sometimes knee issues (improper alignment caused most of all that), but that has all pretty much gone away. He's a pretty cool guy, too.....moved/semi-retired to Scottsdale, AZ though, but I was fortunate enough to get his last fitting appointment in at his shop in Middletown, RI.
Anyway, good luck man.....
This post has been edited by GuitarWizard: 03 November 2006 - 01:32 AM