Birdsey’s story – How creating space took 2 seconds off his lap time

As one of my coaching clients you know I frequently talk about Creating Space.

BIrdsey looking good
 Birdsey looking good

For some of you, you create space to slow your head down. While others use this technique to accelerate thinking. For some it’s about balance or an ability to shift easily from one situation to the next, or you may be looking for a space to stop so you don’t throttle the person next you.  And the right space, the right head space enables you to find the right language and action for the situation you are in.

I came across a great left of centre Creating Space story.


Over the Easter break, I was supporting my husband in his passion for racing superbikes. Imagine this - 3 days at the race track. Friday is practice, Saturday starts with a riders’ briefing immediately after with the qualifying time laps, and then racing for remainder of Saturday and Sunday. The only time the race track is quiet is during the riders’ briefing, lunch and if racing is halted because a fallen rider is being attended to. Naturally none of us want the latter.

One of our friends - nicknamed Birdsey - races a Ducati. I have often seen him taking what seems to be a power nap at the track. Picture this: he is sitting in the sun in his racing leathers having a power nap... amongst a world full of noise.

On Sunday night a group of us ended up at the local Indian restaurant. I asked him about his track naps.

He explained that his sister is an audiologist and she asked him a couple of years ago if he would consider wearing head phones at the track. I was of course thinking the headphones were to cut out the noise to protect from hearing loss. Bill went on to explain that while that was a benefit, his sister said it would assist with concentration. Even though the body recognises that background noise is just ‘background noise’ and filters it out, it is still working and processing unconsciously everything you hear. So, by wearing the headphones or having a nap you are reducing what your body processes and that increases the ability to pay attention to other things you need to concentrate on.

At this track the start of the race goes into a hairpin corner (approximately the width of a double car garage) with about 23 guys jostling for position at about 80 kms an hour. At other tracks, such as Eastern Creek and Phillip Island, they go into the first corner about 220kms an hour. So there is a lot to concentrate on.

I found what Bill shared, learnt and was applying, very interesting and the concept of removing unnecessary processing made a lot of sense. And here is the kicker. Bill started doing this about 2 years ago and it took almost 2 seconds off his lap times. This year, with the times that he is doing he is hoping for a spot on the podium.

Here’s to that podium, Bill.

So if you are like Bill and want to connect to your outcomes, find your space or need a refresher on finding or protecting your space to achieve your goal(s) -  big or small - call me…