Category: Coaching

Keep your head high – even when crisis strikes

You can’t not be affected when an entire global community is struck by fear, panic and restrictions. Thousands and thousands of people are infected by the corona virus, and many more have isolated themselves in their homes, as told by their governments.

Business life all over the world has seized, and the future seems more uncertain than ever before. In the world of sports, everything has been paused. Even the greatest sporting events has either been cancelled or moved to new dates.

As a sportsperson, crisis isn’t really new to you. Every time you have struggled with your sport, every time you didn’t perform, every time you made unneccesary mistakes, you experienced a small crisis – to you. Right now, we are all stuck in the middle of the same crisis, but the feelings we endure are basically the same.

So … what now? It seems easy to just give in to worries and thoughts about what the world will look like on the other side of the pandemic. All these frightening thoughts are affecting your mind and makes it harder for you to handle the challenges you are facing. That goes both for now and after the pandemic, when your best performance might be crucial.

But you can’t do anything but follow the guidance from your government. Stay at home. Use hand sanitizer. Keep a distance to other people. There are no other things that you can do. Right?

If our Prime Minister were to give out just one more advice, I would recommend her to ask every citizen to write three good things that had happened during the day, every evening before going switching the lights off. And, more importantly, why you think they were good.

It is proven that positive thinking – even in a situation like this – will keep spirits high and aids your mental health.

In the coming days, I will share thoughts, exercises and advice to help you keep a positive mind and practice your brain and mind.

If you need a conversation with me, we can always meet and talk online. This way, the only thing you can contract, is positive vibes 😉

From LMP1 to GT4 in 20 hours

When the WEC season was kicked off at Silverstone last Sunday, the Ginetta LMP1 crew was among the competitors. Behind the wheel was Charlie Robertson, a product of Ginetta owner Lawrence Tomlinsons ambition to aid drivers all the way from karting to Le Mans.

Charlie Robertson, Ben Hanley and Egor Orudzhev finished the race in fourth, but it’s not at all the four hours of intense racing that is interesting here. What’s more interesting is how Charlie spent the following Monday.

Mr. Robertson har been part of the Ginetta ladder since he was fourteen, becoming the first Ginetta driver to complete the journey from Ginetta Junior Cup to the 24 Heures du Mans. I met him the first time when he was a fifteen year old lad, still dreaming about doing Le Mans some day. On Monday, our paths crossed again, this time with the dream properly checked out.

Sådan så det ud for otte år siden, da Charlie Robertson testede en Ginetta G40 for første gang…

I was at Blyton Park, the Ginetta-owned test circuit, roughly just a strip of tarmac on a field a rather long drive from Leeds. The day was spent with a client of mine, who was preparing to race a Ginetta G55 GT4.

Charlie was there as well. He did have a driver to tutor on his own.

During the day, I had a few runs behind the wheel of the Ginetta myself. I do so to put in a reference laptime so the client has an “optimal lap” to compare himself against. At one point, the other Charlie – Kemp, HHC Motorsport manager – suggested that we invited Charlie Robertson to do a few laps to get some proper data.

… I think it’s worth noticing, that Charlie Robertson won the 2014 Ginetta GT4 Supercup title in a car exactly similar to the white one below … not to mention the hundreds of hours spent as an instruktor and development driver in the Ginetta cars…

You should never be afraid to learn new stuff, so we asked mr. Robertson to drive around for a few laps. Both laptimes as well as the work behind the wheel changed rapidly, as expected. He also came back with very precise feedback on how to handle the car, and he took time out to answer questions and chat a bit with a sentimental ex-driver from Denmark – who probably remembered their first meet better than Charlie did.

Jesper Henriksen, Charlie Robertson and, well, Tommy from Denmark!

The day after the season premiere in the premium class of the highest championship in the endurance racing world, mr. Robertson was working on a tarmac lot on a field in eastern England. Not only minding his own business, but also having the energy and mindset to help other people.

Many top athletes seem to forget what’s behind in the exact moment they get to the sweet spot of their career. When red numbers in their bank account are replaced by many figures in black. To me, it is people like Charlie who are the true professionals.

You should always have room to give something back to your sport. To share knowledge and experience with others, helping them progress up the ladder. It maybe took thirty minutes out of his calendar this Monday morning, but he seems fully aware – and not afraid of – giving something back to the sport that has given him so much. I hope that many future racing stars will do this, so the sport can grow even bigger and stronger.

To return the great gesture of Charlie, I invited him to a full day of mental preparation and simulator sessions in Denmark, when his calendar allows him to stop by. He is quite certainly a better driver than I have ever been, but I can still help him improve.