That's probably a valid analysis: "hastening the process of self-destruction." Because it too becomes a drug...joe_papp said:I read Rendell's "The Death of Marco Pantani" over the course of a couple of days. Holy smokes. I was surprised how the author contended that putting Pantani back on the bike actually HASTENED his death. When at athlete is facing true mental illness, riding as anything on than exercise and therapy (as opposed to brutal, euro-pro competition!) was made to sound like a recipe for speeding up the process of self-destruction.