I fidgeted and primped. It was almost time for my first LIVE TV interview. David appeared calm and repeated his notorious line, “You just need to get on the bike.” When he road races, he is anxious while waiting for the race to start. However, the minute he gets on his motorcycle, he is focused and ready to compete. I really wasn’t nervous this time—I was just getting ‘race ready’.
The host lead a prayer and as soon as I stepped onto the set, calmness overtook my heart. With the cameras rolling, I chatted with the host.
“When we come back, I wanna ask you a question. In your opinion, what’s the biggest fear most women have?”………………….
The camera’s eye now focused on the singer, I searched for David in the audience. He signaled a thumbs up. My attention returned to the host, and we talked about how he used to think that all dog owners were crazy…..until he got a dog. Now he is that person. I related with him, we laughed and the singer’s song came to an end. The interview continued and I answered the big question.
Interview over, in the car and headed back to the hotel, David said, “How did you do it? You didn’t know what Keith would ask you and each answer just flowed. I was SO nervous hanging out in the “pits”. I thought the interview would never end. I just kept saying to myself, Drop the checkered flag!”
I laughed and my heart smiled.
“Really? Now you know how I feel when I’m watching you race. It’s not easy being the pit crew is it?”
Ah, David got to experience being a nervous pit crew and had a taste of how I feel during race season. The victory was not knowing that he got to step into my shoes for 30 minutes, it was seeing how much he cared. Support is a marvelous thing.
So for all who have requested to see “my race”, here it is.
“A touch of the jitters sharpens the mind, and gets the adrenaline flowing and helps you to focus.” Richard Branson