As I anxiously await the beginning of the Olympics and the opening ceremony this evening, I’ve been reflecting on the wonderful opportunities that our company, Endurance, and our travelers who accompany us on our “Run Like a Kenyan…In Kenya” trip have had to hang out with, meet and train with the professional and aspiring Kenyan runners! It’s such an honor to be able to run into people like Asbel Kiprop. This year we were lucky to run into him at a roadside Kiosk, where he was having a post-training snack. We are wishing him and everyone else the best of luck!
I grew up swimming and running in Nairobi so I’m definitely excited about the Track and Field events, as well as seeing Kenyans in the Swimming, Rugby, Judo, Archery, Weight Lifting and Boxing competitions. I can’t wait to see Kenyans branch successfully into other sports. Check out the article on the Kenyan Ice Hockey team.
On this 2016 trip to Kenya, as we drove from Nakuru to Iten, we saw more professional Kenyan cyclists biking on long challenging terrain. I learned that many more Kenyans are participating in cycling races and was happy to come across Kenyan Riders Down Under.
As we athletes and spectators get ready for these games, I highly recommend a few books. Since sports performance and competition is so much about how athletes think and what they do mentally to achieve success and overcome barriers, one fantastic book to read is How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald.
I’m wishing all the Olympic Athletes the best and hope you have all the support you need to mentally prepare for the upcoming weeks. And when you are done I hope that you have the networks to help adjust to some of the challenges that swimmer Allison Schmitt discussed recently in her recent ESPN article on depression and some of the post-Olympic adjustment.
Good luck to all!
Dr. Cory Nyamora is an endurance sports coach with certifications from USAT and USATF, a licensed clinical psychologist, and the founder of Endurance – A Sports & Psychology Center, Inc. He provides endurance coaching for beginner and experienced athletes, as well as psychotherapy services to athletes, children, adults, and families.