Son las seis en punto. Afortunadamente la lluvia ha parado hace unos minutos en M茅rida. Esto es bastante serio en Yucat谩n durante la 茅poca de lluvias. Entra el primer corredor para hacer su test de VO2max. La cinta de correr empieza su viaje infinito a ninguna parte mientras el deportista va calentando. Su entrenador, mi amigo Jonathan (AllinYourMind), va a realizar esta tarde los 煤ltimos test de econom铆a a algunos corredores que est谩n prepar谩ndose para correr la marat贸n de Nueva York.
Tras un minuto otra corredora toca la puerta, lista para su cita con el psic贸logo del deporte. Pregunta por m铆. Vamos a comentar sus 煤ltimas sesiones de entrenamiento, su percepci贸n de su estado f铆sico, su auto-confianza y cosas as铆. Esta corredora, como otros ocho que tienen cita para esta tarde, est谩 preparada para volar a Chicago ma帽ana. Aunque sean corredores populares, esperan conseguir sus propias metas y estamos encantados de ayudarles. Al menos yo.
Estamos usando el test PODIUM y resulta muy f谩cil interpretar los valores como he hecho cientos de veces antes. Uno tras otro, los corredores entran y tienen una conversaci贸n. Unas veces se sienten m谩s relajados, otras veces se sienten preocupados acerca de peque帽os detalles, pero en todos los casos obtienen una conclusi贸n positiva y realista, centrada en las soluciones y el refuerzo de sus puntos fuertes.
Todo el mundo se va a casa con un informe, una sensaci贸n positiva y algunas tareas. Todos est谩n satisfechos. Yo me siento feliz. No hay nada como ser psic贸logo del deporte.
Agarro mi bolsa, mi bal贸n y mis botas de baloncesto, y me voy en moto a la cancha. Ahora me toca a m铆.

marathon runners

It is six o鈥檆lock. Fortunately the rain stopped few minutes ago in Merida. This is serious in Yucatan during the rain season. The first runner gets in for a VO2max test. The treadmill starts its infinite trip to nowhere while the athlete warms up. His coach, my friend聽Jonathan (AllinYourMind), will perform this evening the last economy tests to some runners who are preparing to run the New York City marathon.
After one minute, another runner knocks the door, ready for his appointment with the sport psychologist. She is asking about me. We are going to comment her last training sessions, her perceptions about her physical state, her self-confidence and things like these. This runner, like eight more who have their appointments for this evening, is ready to fly to Chicago tomorrow. Even being recreational runners, they expect to achieve their own goals and we are glad to help them. At least I am.
We are using the PODIUM test and it is very easy to interpret the values as I have been doing it hundreds of times before. One after another, the runners come in and have a conversation. Sometimes they feel more relaxed, sometimes they feel worried about small details, but in every single case they get a positive and realistic conclusion, focused on solutions and the reinforcement of their strengths.
Everybody goes home having a report, a positive sensation and some assignments. Everybody is satisfied.
I am feeling happy. There is nothing like being a sport psychologist.
I take my bag, my ball and my basketball shoes, and I ride the motorcycle to the court. Now it is my turn.