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Ursula Grobler training tips: Rowing with the punches (transcribed)

blog Jan 26, 2014

Originally posted in article Ursula Grobler: Training Tips from a Champion, published January 26, 2015.

Erg World Record Holder Ursula Grobler talks about Unpredictability & Awareness

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey: Yeah. There are a lot of things in all sports that are really out of your control or isn’t it? That’s the whole thing with competition, right, is being able to deal with all that, the unknowables? And roll with the punches.  

Ursula: Very much, and, I mean, it’s something again, for me, that I struggle with because that’s why I like the erg, because it’s the same. I mean, like, it’s the exact same; I know what it’s going to be. But, when you get out there in your rowing race you don’t know, you don’t know what the weather’s going to be like. Is it going to be headwinds? Is it going to be tailwind? Are you, you know, is it going to...

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Courtney Thompson on the mental game (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game and Leadership, published November 26, 2014.

 

Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training 

Lindsey Wilson: I think we really wanted to talk to you Courtney because I know you were really known for being hardworking athlete, and that's something that I've always respected about you. But I just want to talk to you a little bit. You know, everybody thinks about hard work and the physical side of working hard. You know, pushing through physical pain and staying motivated and I'm always fascinated of course by the mental component to pushing past that physical pain and the mental component to discipline. So can you just talk al little bit about that?

Courtney Thompson: Yeah. I think for me, even at a young age, I think it's always been important to me to know my mission. You know? And to...

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Ursula Grobler training tips: Advice for rowers (transcribed)

blogs Jan 26, 2014

Originally posted in article Ursula Grobler: Training Tips from a Champion, published January 26, 2015.

Erg World Record Holder Ursula Grobler offers Training Tips

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey: Mm-hm. Let’s talk through... you know, every sport has so many commonalities with other sports, but there’s also very distinct things, and you and I have talked about this before, but what are the two or three biggest mental challenges in rowing and how do you approach them? What tools do you use, what advice would you give to another rower?

Ursula: I think at least for me, it’s very strong and in some of the other videos that you’ve sent me, that one about the boxer that I really liked.

Lindsey: Mike Tyson, yeah.

Ursula: That’s right, that’s right. And oh, my god, I can’t believe I didn’t remember his name. That’s terrible of me, but anyway.

Lindsey: Oh,...

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Ursula Grobler training tips: Trusting the process (transcribed)

blog Jan 26, 2014

Originally posted in article Ursula Grobler: Training Tips from a Champion, published January 26, 2015.

Erg World Record Holder Ursula Grobler talks about Trusting the Process

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey: Yeah, it brings up an interesting point. I think, we talked about this a little bit earlier, but one of the big things I think that, you know, athletics is all about, like, pushing and winning and being tough and I think that’s really important, but this vulnerability and these stories that all of us have, especially for someone like you, that is, I know you’re still reaching, but you’ve been pretty successful in rowing and I think a lot of people probably look at you and say she has it all figured out. And I’ve always thought that it was really important not only for me as an athlete but for the athletes that I work with that they need to hear these stories that this is a journey,...

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Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on mentally preparing (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game and Leadership, published November 26, 2014.

Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on Mentally Preparing

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training 

Lindsey Wilson: Talk us through the mental preparation. You know one of the things obviously that we talk to our athletes a lot about is being able to see the success before you actually achieve it. And knowing that just because you see it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

Courtney Thompson: Right.

Lindsey: But you can almost assure that it’s not going to happen if you can’t see it.

Courtney: Right. Right. I think one thing I’ve learned is that if you don’t believe you can win, if you don’t believe your team can win, if you don’t believe in yourself, then there’s no point in showing up. And so for me, a lot of the work is doing enough training,...

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Jim Clem on understanding yourself as a pitcher (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Jim Clem on Understanding Yourself as a Pitcher, published November 24, 2014.

Pitching Coach Jim Clem on Understanding Yourself

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey Wilson: Well, speaking of learning I know I am and many of our clients are really interested in diving into pitching in particular. So if you would, take us into the mind state of a typical pitcher. What are their hang-ups, what things do they struggle with? And maybe even what personality characteristics do you typically see in a pitcher? I know it's really hard to classify everyone.

Jim Clem: Typically, I'd say just pitchers of all ages, they just need more work and preparation. And I don't think they totally understand necessarily what that entails, so I'll talk to them, I'll have, you know, I have different talks that I have with them each day. But I want to make sure that they understand that there's really four parts to...

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Jim Clem on his coaching philosophy (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Pitching Tips Intro: 4 Parts to Understanding Yourself as a Pitcher, published November 24, 2014.

Pitching Coach Jim Clem on his Coaching Philosophy

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training 

Lindsey Wilson: Now coach, I know you have a psychology background and a sports administration background and you've coached, like you said, all these different levels. Tell us if this has happened, has your coaching philosophy evolved over the years and where is it right now?

Jim Clem: Uh, no doubt, you know, it has evolved. I'm, you know, I think it's, you know, I was a psychology history, education major through college and I started those three majors and then I got a master's degree in sports administration, which involved a lot of my training was a lot of evaluation and training of other coaches and athletes and something that I was passionate about and wanted to learn more about. And so I think...

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Ursula Grobler: Winning for the love of the game (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Ursula Grobler: Winning for the Love of the Game, published January 19, 2015.

Erg World Record Holder Ursula Grobler on the Importance of Loving the Game

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey Wilson: All right, final real big challenge in rowing and what you’ve used and advice you would give. The voices in your head and the focus.

Ursula: You’ve got to be in it for the long run, first of all, in rowing, in particular. You’ve got to be in it for the long run is my, and you’ve got to love it, and finding the joy is going to make all of these other things possible. The focus, all the things we spoke about – the mental work, the training – you’ve just got to find the joy in it. Because, also, I believe happy rowers are fast rowers. So, I really think that’s my take-home message. It’s something that I’m working on a lot. I’m not...

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Ursula Grobler: Erg rowing & mental training (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Ursula Grobler: Erg Rowing & Mental Training, published January 12, 2015.

Erg World Record Holder Ursula Grobler on Erg Rowing & the Mental Game

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey Wilson: All right, hello, this is Lindsey Wilson from Positive Performance and I am on the phone with Ursula Grobler, and she is in South Africa right now, so thanks for joining us, Ursula.

Ursula Grobler: Yeah. Thank you. Thanks for having me.

Lindsey: Absolutely. A little bit of background on Ursula. Most recently, you were fourth place at the World Championships. That was in Amsterdam, I believe.

Ursula: Yeah, that’s right, it was.

Lindsey: Yeah, and in 2010, you were the Erg world record holder, which we’re going to talk a little bit about that experience a little bit later. It’s something that you should be quite proud of and is quite an accomplishment. I know you’re well-known...

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Ursula Grobler: 2010 Erg World Record buzz (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Ursula Grobler: Winning for the Love of the Game, published January 19, 2015.

Erg World Record Holder Ursula Grobler still Buzzes from her 2010 World Record Achievement

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey: Yeah, that’s great. Okay, and then, finally, what I want to talk about and we’re going to post this video of two of you winning the world record in the Erg, you and I have talked about this before, but talk me through that event, and that competition, and leading up to it in particular. What was that experience like (competing in the Ergomania), if you could walk us through it?

Ursula: It was a very special experience and a lot of things kind of were just primed right. So, at the time, the record felt easy, if I can say it that way. But, looking back, I know that a lot of things were just done right to achieve that. I’d been working with Carlos Dinares at the time...

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