Endurance events and childbirth is the same, here is why!

Seriously what makes a man or woman wake up one day and go “Yes” an ironman is for me! It doesn’t have to be an Ironman event it could be a marathon, half marathon, Sparta anything really… Also why is the biggest age group that takes part in this 30-40 years of age?

Well I think I have the answer, it basically to prove to yourself that you’ve still got it! Regardless of whether you’re doing it to loose weight or simply to tick a bucket list item the answer is the same – You are proving it to yourself.

Completion of said task is also akin to childbirth – now please forgive the analogy dear reader, I am aware I am male but I promise you will see where this is going!

Yes doing an endurance event is like childbirth.

You see you have the great idea to get started lets call that the “sex” part – its exciting, its fun, you may even try new gear! Then it gets real and the training begins in earnest let’s call that getting pregnant! You have 9 months of struggles, sickness, aches and pains in places you never knew could ache. You get up early and have to pee allot! There are numerous doctors visits, maybe event a bunch of physio appointments, you read every article you can associated with your race/birth, you tell everyone what your doing (even though its obvious). You start craving gels, bananas and protein shakes, you cut out anything that could be bad for you….

Then Race day – The Birth – Several hours of pain, sweat, tears, hugs, breathing, clothing changes, vaseline, water, towels, there are ambulances and medical staff on hand and finally the finish – Its arrived oh the elation, the emotion, again more tears, calls to loved ones, comments on the time and condition of participants. The moans of never again! – Then 2 days later lets do another one!

So you see doing an endurance race and giving birth really is the same!

I write the above as I was asking myself why I keep doing these events and simply put the elation of completing the task at hand is way better than the months of training and pain on the day. The sense of achievement helps motivate and the health benefits simply make you feel good.finisherpix_1273_033452

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A quick friday thought that will make you feel old! Even if your only 35 (cough 37)

Millennials – we have all heard this but do you really know what it means? Well let me break it down:

  • An 18 year old entering the workforce today was born in 1997
  • They were 4 when apple released the IPod (2001)
  • They were 7 when Facebook was released (2004)
  • They were 10 when the first IPhone came out (2007)
  • By they time they took an interest in world affairs the financial crisis had past and growth had returned (2012) they were 15
  • Information has always been at their fingertips.
  • Multitasking is a way of life, not a new idea.
  • Sharing intimate information once deemed personal is now the norm.
  • These are our future leaders.

Training Gen x-ers (people in their 30’s/40’s) to be able to communicate effectively with millennial’s is one of the highest training areas in multinational companies. Poor communication with this group is leading to one of the highest low engagement rates and subsequent turnover issues we are seeing. Loyalty to a company is not as strong as loyalty to a brand. Employers without an employer brand do not attract the best.

Anyways happy friday I’m gong for a run listening to my walkman.