Why BBQ, Bathurst and Babies for a subject line? I was successfully able to combine my daughters birthday party yesterday with Bathurst watching in the background. Excellent!
Did the kids care there was racing on behind them? No, not at all. Although my daughter did point at the screen everyso often and say, “Racing.” But some of the dads were very happy to be able to watch another Great Race. It’s a tradition Sky did their utmost to undermine this year but where there is a will, and no Sky, there is a way.
To the next part of my subject line now. ‘Keep on keeping on’ is attributed to Jamie Whincup’s fight for 1st all the way to the end of the race. The battle between Winterbottom and Whincup was amazing. A great display of driving that had us on the edge of our seats. Someone said it was like watching the last America’s Cup racing. It was.
How do two drivers keep their cool in a situation like that is something to think about. They are on the edge of grip at a very, very fast and unforgiving circuit. The driver in second is trying every move in the book to get past or force the other driver into a mistake. The driver in front cannot take a breath or look back even once. He has to concentrate on driving the fastest he can whilst being aware of where the other car is and placing his accordingly.
The final go at a pass by Whincup was a good one and we held our breath to see if he could pull it off. He didn’t, by a smidgeon and was close to sliding out of the race. As I type this I can still feel the excitement of that pass.
That was racing and that’s just one of the reasons it’s called The Great Race.
This week think about what those in second place do when they really want to win and how you can apply that never give up until it’s over attitude. There are other examples but motor racing shows it in high definition every week somewhere.
Watching people prowling, applying pressure and waiting to pounce is good training for you. That kind of attitude will hopefully seep in and give you a rod for your back next time you need to keep on keeping on to get a win.