Rob Landauer used to ride those roads outside of Austin, out in the Hill Country. Long rides, too. He wasn't doing it to compete, he was doing it for therapy.
"Basically pulled me out of a depression," he said.
He used to wonder if he'd ever cross paths with Lance Armstrong. Maybe Armstrong would blow by him on one of those hills someday. Maybe he already had. It's tough to see a passing cyclist's face.
"It was kinda cool to think that on any given ride, I might bump into him," Landauer said.
Landauer does not consider Armstrong a hero now, after he admitted to doping Thursday night, but he never did anyway. He says he admired him, but he doesn't let athletes burrow into his psyche much deeper than that. Landauer also says he has never taken any illegal substance. Not a toke at a party, not the hydrocodone pill of a buddy who just had his wisdom teeth out. He had a prescription for Adderall, but got off it because he felt he could achieve the same things by changing his stud...