Donde todo empieza

Y no es precisamente la canción de Fito (quien, todo sea dicho, me gustaba más en Platero y tú)

El interior es bastante más interesante de lo que el exterior hace presagiar

Donde todo empieza es aquí, en el UMFK Sports Center (o “the gym”, como lo llama todo el mundo). Y ¿Qué es lo que empieza? La pretemporada. Olvidaos de las pachangas (sobre todo de la primera en la que vomité). Olvidaos de las sesiones de tiro cuando no hay nadie en el gimnasio. Olvidaos de ir a correr de vez en cuando a las cintas que hay por aquí o de las sesiones por grupos, haciendo drop steps, hook shots, lay ups y jump shots. Eso ya no es nada. Es agua pasada. Han sido 26 días interesantes, de adaptación a otro baloncesto, de conocer a los compañeros. Pero eso se acabó. Porque hoy, día 27 de septiembre, empieza el llamado ‘Pre-season Conditioning’ que, según el calendario dia por día que nos han proporcionado, durará hasta el viernes 8 de octubre.

10 días. No debería estar asustado. He hecho pretemporadas más largas, de casi un mes, y con dobles sesiones, prácticamente a diario; ya sea con la universidad o con el primer equipo del León. Esto son solo 10 días, y 2 horas de entrenamiento diarias, sin doblar ni nada por el estilo.

No debería estar asustado.

Pero, y disculpad la expresión, ¡joder! Todos los del equipo están hablando de los 10 días del infierno. De que estos 10 días se van a limitar a ir a clase, comer bien, ir a entrenar y dormir 8 o 10 horas al día. Que es muy duro y que más de uno no va a poder acabar los entrenamientos, que veremos quien es el que mas aguanta. Y la verdad, no sé que pensar.

Ahora mismo son las 10:23, y quedan 5 horas y 7 minutos para nuestro primer entrenamiento de pretemporada. No tengo nada que hacer hasta esa hora, además de comer e hidratarme (e intentar que sea sano y pronto para evitar problemas intestinales) y escribir esto. Quiero dejar constancia para el futuro, y saber si me he equivocado o no. A ver si las sesiones matadoras con Diego Cuesta de saltos al tablero, circuitos, y demás han servido para algo, o existe una forma peor de castigo para los jugadores (porque sé que los entrenadores disfrutan con el castigo físico. Cada gota de sudor derramada por alguien de su equipo en pretemporada es como cuando Christopher Lambert, en los Inmortales, corta la cabeza a otro de los de su misma especie, lo fortalece y lo hace casi invencible. Lo sé)

¿Lo veis? ¡Disfrutan con el dolor! (Diego Cuesta también andaba por ahí, a propósito)

Pero bueno, poco más se puede hacer. Prometo contaros con pelos y señales como ha ido la primera (y la segunda, y la tercera…) sesión de entrenamiento de pretemporada, si os interesa leerlo.

De cualquier forma, tengo ganas de empezar. De entrenar, de ponerme a tono, de mejorar físicamente y mentalmente, de coger fondo y forma. Porque puede que me esperen 10 días duros de entrenamientos, seguro. No se si tanto como dicen, quizás si, quizás no. Pero no va a ser un paseo por el campo, ninguna pretemporada suele serlo, si alguien ha jugado a baloncesto en serio puede corroborarlo.

Pero es necesaria, es necesaria porque delante de nosotros, y a partir de hoy, se presentan, al menos, 70 sesiones de entrenamiento y, lo que es mas importante, 30 partidos, todo ello condensado en 5 meses, con un solo objetivo, a priori: El Campeonato Nacional.

Esa es la razón por la que estamos aquí, todo el equipo, los 15 jugadores que vamos a conformarlo, y esa es la razón por la cual vamos a entrenar y a darlo todo. Para que nuestra temporada no se acabe en Febrero. Para que nuestra temporada se acabe en Marzo, más concretamente el 15.

Porque si, aquí es Donde todo empieza.

Pero no es donde todo acaba. Al menos, no es nuestra intención. Hoy empezamos un viaje cuyo destino último es la ciudad de Point Lookout, Missouri. Cuyo destino último es el NAIA DII CHAMPIONSHIP. No va a ser fácil. Nadie dijo que lo fuera. El año pasado lo consiguieron por primera vez en la historia de la Universidad… y la vida consiste en superarse. Yo, al menos, voy a intentarlo. Y sé que no soy el único.

Así que voy a ir a comer algo de pasta, un poco de fruta, y lo que haya por la cafetería, y luego echaré una pequeña siesta, antes de dirigirme al gimnasio. Me encanta esta sensación, la que sientes los momentos antes de empezar algo nuevo, algo que tienes muchas ganas de empezar. Es ese tipo de sensación cuyo culmen se experimenta los segundos antes de comenzar el primer partido de temporada, cuando el arbitro se acerca al círculo central, se flexiona, y baja su brazo para darle impulso a la pelota en el salto inicial.

No puedo esperar.

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