Moving And An Ironman - The Similarities

[caption id="attachment_8541" align="alignright" width="267"]moving and an ironman - triathlon - endurance Moving and an Ironman have more than one common feature amongst them.[/caption] Moving and an Ironman would seem to have nothing in common but you would be very wrong.  Moving and an Ironman have so much in common that right now I am figuring out how to create a company similar to the World Triathlon Corporation or Challenge Family to create moving events around the world and showcase just how similar moving and an Ironman really are. Let's break down the stages of an Ironman and the stages of moving and when we are done here you can tell me if I am right, wrong or just stressed out and tired from all of these items that I should be sleeping instead of typing a blog post coming up with the ridiculous notion that moving and an Ironman are similar. The Beginning:
  • Moving: You decide one day after much conversation with your significant other that you should sell your house or move out of your apartment, find a new place to live and move.  There is excitement and joy of the new digs that you don't even think about packing boxes and unpacking boxes./
  • Ironman: You decide one day after much conversation with your significant other that you are ready to tackle the 140.6 miles and the training that goes with it.  There is excitement and joy of getting to press the register button that you don't even think about the months of training.
  • Moving: You hire a real estate agent and fill out mounds of paperwork and give them an idea of where you would like to price the house and your budget for where you would like to move to along with the location of the new place to live.  The idea of a budget for closing costs, movers, boxes, tape hasn't set in yet.
  • Ironman: You go to Ironman.com and begin to look for a race to enter all the while contemplating the budget you have which includes race fees along with travel expenses.  The idea of a budget for gear and nutrition and other items hasn't set in yet.
The Middle:
  • Moving: You have gone out and visited 50 homes but each one has something a little wrong with it until you come across the one that leads you to believe you finally have done it and selected a house to live in.
  • Ironman: You have gone out and swam, rode and ran for hours, days, weeks, months on end and each workout seems as if it wasn't perfect and you'll never become an Ironman until that one day when everything goes right and you know you are going to be an Ironman.
  • Moving: Closing day on your properties (sale and purchase) have come and you spend hours on end worrying about money and signing papers to the point that your eyes are glazed over and yet you still have packing to do. How will you get it all done?
  • Ironman: Pre-race day comes and you go to the expo and fill out paperwork that you don't read because you don't care because you are going to be an Ironman. You are feeling overwhelmed and it dawns on you that these 5 bags need to be packed and brought back. How will you get it all done?
  [caption id="attachment_8542" align="alignright" width="275"]moving and an ironman - triathlon - endurance Moving Or Ironman Which Is Harder[/caption] The End:
  • Moving: The day is finally here and you have pushed and pushed to get as much packed as possible and well at this point you are just going to have to do the best you can because something unexpected will come up.
  • Ironman: The day is finally here and you have pushed and pushed to get your training in, nail down race strategy and nutrition plan and well at this point you are just going to have to do the best you can because something unexpected will come up.
  • Moving: All of your stuff gets from one place to the other and you feel this unbelievable sense of accomplishment that what seemed so impossible one day earlier has now been accomplished. You don't know how you did it but you did it!
  • Ironman: All of those miles are covered in less than 17 hours and you feel this unbelievable sense of accomplishment that what seemed so impossible one day earlier has now been accomplished. You don't know how you did it but you did it!
  • Moving: With all your furniture in the house the last thing you want to do is cook and clean. You are tired and sweaty. Everything hurts and you are starving but what to eat. Who cares? You are going to eat everything diet be damned.
  • Ironman: With all your gear at the bike rack the last thing you want to do is walk there and get all that smelly stuff. You are tired and sweaty. Everything hurts and you are starving but what to eat.  Who cares? You are going to eat everything diet be damned.
The Aftermath:
  • Moving: After a few days of living in your new place you want to move some items around because you don't like where they wound up after the move so you do that and everything feels right. You are cooking and eating at your new house when you see on HGTV a new bathroom being installed and you think!!!
  • Ironman: After a few days of wearing your medal and writing your race report to your blog you think back to yourself and say: That was an epic journey. You go for your recovery rides and swims and you see others on their training schedule and think!!!
As you can see moving and an Ironman have a lot in common.  I am 2 months post Ironman Texas and am in the midst of moving to a new house and I can tell you that Ironman prepared me for this move as much as possible but there are still things that are coming up that cause stress and make me think.  Having moved multiple times one would think that moving again would be easier but it's not.  That is another item that moving and an Ironman have in common.....just because you have done one doesn't mean the next one is going to be easier.

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About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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