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Nascar tickets – denny hamlin wins texas race, overcoming knee injury

NASCAR Tickets – Denny Hamlin Wins Texas Race, Overcoming Knee Injury

He might have limped out of his No. 11 stock car following the rain-delayed Samsung Mobile 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 19, but Denny Hamlin’s track record at Monday races went unscathed once again as the injured racecar driver sped away to yet another win in the 2010 Sprint Cup Series.

Hamlin’s second win in three races came at Texas just three weeks after he went under the knife to repair an ACL injury in his left knee, and the young Joe Gibbs Racing superstar didn’t seem to mind the soreness in his knee as he claimed a victory at April’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas. Hamlin certainly won’t let anyone rain on his parade, and he proved it by outlasting yet another rain delay to win his second Monday race in a row (the last being March 29 at Martinsville).

Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota zipped into Victory Lane in Texas after a late crash claimed frontrunners Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart on April 19. In the final laps of the race, Hamlin surged past leader Jeff Burton on a Lap 323 (of 334) restart, crossing the finish line in first before cautiously stepping foot outside his stock car. Just three weeks after having surgery to repair a torn ACL, Hamlin seems to be back in contention for the Chase, and this second win of the season launched him into 11th place in driver standings – good enough to make the Chase if the season was to end today.

After posting the big win in Texas, Hamlin spoke to NASCAR.com about his mid-season surgery, saying, “I did it for the long run. I did it for the Chase. I did it for the championship… I’m still not 100 percent by any means. I feel like I’m 60 [percent] at best. We’re still a month away from getting back where we were.” Even though Denny Hamlin will be nursing a bum knee for the next couple months, his healthy right leg was enough to pack the heat at the Samsung Mobile 500 in Texas, and the 29-year-old driver hopes it will be enough to lead him into the Chase by the end of this season – a plausible goal as of now.

Currently sitting in 11th place in Cup Series standings after the April 19 Texas race (rocketing from No. 18 the previous week), Denny Hamlin is right on the line to make the Chase for the Championship, and by the 10-race playoff at the end of this season he hopes to have solidified a legit chance at his first series championship. After Texas, reigning champion Jimmie Johnson still sits in first place in driver standings, with Matt Kenseth in second, Greg Biffle in third, Kevin Harvick in fourth, Jeff Gordon in fifth, Kyle Busch in sixth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in seventh, Jeff Burton in eighth, Kurt Busch in ninth, Mark Martin in 10th, Hamlin in 11th and Joey Logano in 12th.

With things heating up in the Cup Series this April, <a href=”http://www.stubhub.com/nascar-tickets/”>NASCAR tickets</a> are red-hot items on the sports market. NASCAR fans are thrilled to see if Denny Hamlin will be able to hold his place in the Top 12 as he continues the recovery process from recent surgery, and with several other big races coming up over the next couple months, time will soon tell if Hamlin’s two big wins in March and April will be enough to boost him into the Chase.

The teacher will arrive when the student is ready to learn

The Teacher will arrive when the Student is ready to Learn

“The Teacher will arrive when the Student is ready to Learn…” I read this quote after my competitive rowing career had finished. Maybe I would not have understood it had I seen it when I was rowing anyway. Looking back on my days as an elite athlete, I think of how differently I would have approached many situations. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. With experience and knowledge we can make better choices in how we behave. Of the things I would change, none of them relate to how I applied myself in terms of the effort I put in. I can look at myself in the mirror and honestly say, “I gave it everything I had to give.” Preparing for an Olympics demands nothing less than this.

What I would change is how I interacted with my crew mates. I considered myself a team player and an effective leader. There were still occasions though, where I struggled to “play and lead” effectively. There were times I struggled to communicate, understand and combine effectively with my crew mates. Looking back I would say, I had a personality clash with some of them. I thought I was “right” which meant they could only be “wrong”. My perspective was different to theirs.

When I started studying DISC behavioral profiling, I began to see where I was making some vital errors. These errors were in terms of how I communicated with my team mates, attempted to motivate them and generally built trusting relationships with them or not. I really did think that “my way”, that is, my behavioral style, if not the best way, was certainly pretty close to it. At the time, I did not appreciate how different we all were. It is in this difference that we all needed to understand how to change our behaviors in order to create a better team result. It is not about being the best person in the team. It is about being the best person for the team. This is a massive change in thinking.

In the 2000 season, we were training up to 16 times per week and spending more than 45 hours dedicated in some way to our Olympic preparation. For most of that season, we felt great pressure to succeed at our home Olympics. It was a Gold Medal only, any other result would be devastating. When in stressful times such as this, understanding the unique styles and needs of your team members becomes critical. Not understanding your team adds to the stress in the environment. Achieving high performance can become impossible. I did not realize a lot of what I and my crew mates did in our behavioral styles, added to the stress enormously. For example, the reason I rowed was primarily to win. I was purely motivated by the result. I am a high “D”. This means, task orientated and fast paced. Two of the other crew in my team were both high “I/S”. Their motivation was based around “relationships”. Of course they wanted to win, it is just that the relationships were a primary motivator. Being an “S” meant they were also slower paced than me. This combination of different styles created conflict. Such as speed of decision making, time management, sensitivity to feedback and the list goes on.

There were actually times, when I thought the way my crew mates were behaving was specifically to frustrate me. This of course was never their intention. I know that now. But at the time in a stressful situation, when I missed that vital understanding of my team, well, you can see how things can be misinterpreted.

When I studied DISC, I realized there were some very obvious potential clashes within the different profiles. As a team, we just needed awareness and understanding in order to completely dissolve these issues. The teacher had finally turned up for me. I also realized what frustrated me in my crew members, were all the things that I personally lacked or unconsciously wanted to be more like myself. Such things as, more attention to detail to the precise boat set up. As well, a more free spirited approach to live each moment at a time instead of thinking about the future results and to enjoy the company of the great people around me. I missed a large part of the journey in 2000. When I rowed at the 2004 Olympics and won another Bronze medal, I truly appreciated what I was doing. I wanted to win and also enjoyed the process. I appreciated the people I was rowing with and enjoyed being in the crew. In short, I did not change who I was, I just changed what I did and it gave me better results. That is the power of this lesson. To be able to change what you do is only a behavioral challenge that every athlete must be able to understand.

Today, I have developed in all of these areas as I have spent a great deal of time and money investing in knowledge about myself and others. As we get older we aspire to be more well rounded individuals by becoming more self aware of our core values, strengths and limiting behaviors. This is a journey and like all other journeys it takes commitment and courage to look at one’s self and admit there are areas for improvement, then to actually do something about it. We are all a leader in some way. Few things are more inspiring than to see athletes improving themselves.

The Teacher will arrive when the Student is ready to Learn…

Boden Hanson is a four time Olympian and Triple Olympic Medalist. He is one of Australia’s most dynamic speakers on sport and business performance. He founded Athlete Assessments to assist coaches and athletes to improve their results through better understanding of themselves and others. He can be contacted through http://www.athleteassessments.com  or bo.hanson@athleteassessments.com

The growing trend of children and golf

The Growing Trend of Children and Golf

Children are learning golf in school. Most schools recognize golf as a sport and have golf teams. They teach the kids the art of golfing with instructional videos and professional lessons. Parents sometimes send their children to golf schools if they express an interest in playing golf. Golf is a family sport if you want it to be. Besides learning school and at private lessons, some parents start their children off on the driving range and teach them what they know. More and more children are participating in golf and becoming leaders in the field. Look at Tiger Woods. He started early and is a young golf pro.  

If you start golfing early enough in life and continue to improve your game, you can become the next Tiger Woods. It takes dedication and practice to become a pro and anyone can do it with the right teacher and determination to become the best. Golfing does take skill. You have to have distance, which comes from you stance and swing. You need to be able to judge the distance to the green while avoiding any bunkers and water holes. Trees are another obstacle to avoid. Even the bet golfers can slice a ball and send it flying off course.  

Many golf courses have children’s golf leagues during the golfing season with tournaments and competitions. This helps kids improve and learn different techniques to improve their game. While playing as a child they are essentially grooming themselves for future golf tournaments and competitions. The game of golf has become a sport that kids who do not like football or basketball can play and receive credit for in school. If you belong to a school team, this counted as a credit for your gymnastics class in some states.  

You can buy accessories and golf clubs for children. As a child grows, they need to find clubs that fit them better. You always need to have the right size clubs for playing golf or you could hurt yourself as well as not play a good game. To buy golf clubs, you need to visit a pro shop or even a sporting store and try the club on for size. Just because you think the club is the right size, it may not feel comfortable when you swing. The shaft flex and the grip are important factors when buying a new club. The younger you are, you can probably use a shaft with less flex than what someone older would use.  

When you are learning to play golf as a child, you will spend a great deal of time learning the basics. Scoring, swinging, stance and terminology before you actually start a game. Once you have the basics, you start learning to improve your swing, how to improve your distance and the precision needed when hitting the golf ball. A child learning to golf is nothing new, it is just becoming more popular today because of other young pro’s that encourage kids to take up the game.