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Ironman Tattoo

M. Dot.

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It seems like a right of passage. Cross the finish line and straight to the tattoo parlour. The more I see them around the gym, pool, path, or beach these days, I wonder if I would get one.

First, to qualify I am sure you have to finish a long distance Triathlon, all 226.3 kilometers of it. Second, you need to be proud of it. How could you not be? Not many people would attempt it, let alone finish it.

I think there is a stigma around people who have an Ironman tattoo. Some opinions say that ‘are they not proud of anything else than finishing that race x years ago’. I don’t think this is the case; starting, let alone finishing a long distance triathlon is a feat. I think it is a celebration of something that they have worked hard at achieving. Trust me, the amount of training hours that come along with the finish can be staggering. Average 11 hours per week with 3 hour bike rides on Saturday and 2 hours runs on Sunday; not to mention strength training and your real life. This is what I averaged in preparation for Ironman 70.3 Calgary, a half distance triathlon.

So back to my original thought.

Would I ever get a tattoo?

I love this sport and all of the tangible and intangible benefits that have come along with it. I am in the best shape of my life, my energy levels are thru the roof, and my daughter is racing as well. I will talk about it with anyone that asks, and hey, alot of people who don’t (sorry if you have been one of the unwilling listeners in the past). The people I have met including instructors, physiotherapists, and fellow triathletes over the past two years have made a positive impact on my life. Thank you for that.

I just find it hard to want to advertise it to the entire world, all the time. I mean having people check out your tattoo, check you out (elevator look?), then make a judgment based on your current physical condition is something I would like to avoid. “He has an Ironman tattoo, he doesn’t look like he could finish the walk up the stairs!”

I am just saying I don’t think that I would get one. Better to leave the memory where it belongs, in my mind.

Just a thought: Do you need to show proof, like a picture of you crossing the finish line or a secret membership card? I sure hope so.

Question: Would you get an Ironman Tattoo?

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Recap – Week 39

Running in a different city can be fun. Right?

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Swim – 2:00:00 – 5050m
Bike – 1:25:00 – 35.10km
Run – 1:09:39 – 12.93km

Total – 4:34:39

Fins and blisters, blisters and fins. Man, my feet are getting pretty beat up. Good thing I was travelling on business and missed swim club Friday morning. I am still having a blast despite the sore feet and legs. We are really dialing in on the top part of the catch, and I am finally feeling that ‘surge’ with each stroke. I have no idea how fast I am over 100m, but I am sure that I will figure it out sooner rather than later.

I traveled to Edmonton this week for some training. With nothing to do during the evenings except eat and drink, I typically head to the local YMCA for a swim or run. This time I decided to head for a run and looked for a pathway through the Black Mud ravine. So I parked at the top of where I thought the path started. Well I was right, but only to a certain extent. The path lead behind some pretty nice houses for about 700m, then came to an abrupt end. So I turned around, and headed down the hill along a dirt path. It was great for about 200m, the it turns into a road, goes under the bridge, and quickly back uphill toward the street. By this point, I am about 8 minutes in.

Long story short, the rest of my run is through the communities surrounding this great ravine with no pathway system. A tad disappointing.

More disappointing than that; I got back to the hotel and immediately felt like I was getting sick. Well my feeling was right. Not more that a couple of hours later, wouldn’t you know it, man cold.

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So my training hours are slightly effected, but I needed the rest anyways. I think by mid next week I will be back at it again.

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Notice a pattern? Ironman tattoo has been my most viewed post for about 6 months in a row. It would seem that a lot of Ironman finishers are looking for advice on if, what, and where. It makes me think would I change my toughts. To recap slightly, even if I finished and Ironman, I would forego the tattoo. It seems overdone.

Come to think of it, the more and more I do this triathlon thing, the more I want to compete in a long course. Two years ago, I don’t think that thought would have entered my head. Weird.

Question: What do you do when travelling on business? Do you pack your workout gear?


Ironman Tattoo

M. Dot.

im

It seems like a right of passage. Cross the finish line and straight to the tattoo parlour. The more I see them around the gym, pool, path, or beach these days, I wonder if I would get one.

First, to qualify I am sure you have to finish a long distance Triathlon, all 226.3 kilometers of it. Second, you need to be proud of it. How could you not be? Not many people would attempt it, let alone finish it.

I think there is a stigma around people who have an Ironman tattoo. Some opinions say that ‘are they not proud of anything else than finishing that race x years ago’. I don’t think this is the case; starting, let alone finishing a long distance triathlon is a feat. I think it is a celebration of something that they have worked hard at achieving. Trust me, the amount of training hours that come along with the finish can be staggering. Average 11 hours per week with 3 hour bike rides on Saturday and 2 hours runs on Sunday; not to mention strength training and your real life. This is what I averaged in preparation for Ironman 70.3 Calgary, a half distance triathlon.

So back to my original thought.

Would I ever get a tattoo?

I love this sport and all of the tangible and intangible benefits that have come along with it. I am in the best shape of my life, my energy levels are thru the roof, and my daughter is racing as well. I will talk about it with anyone that asks, and hey, alot of people who don’t (sorry if you have been one of the unwilling listeners in the past). The people I have met including instructors, physiotherapists, and fellow triathletes over the past two years have made a positive impact on my life. Thank you for that.

I just find it hard to want to advertise it to the entire world, all the time. I mean having people check out your tattoo, check you out (elevator look?), then make a judgment based on your current physical condition is something I would like to avoid. “He has an Ironman tattoo, he doesn’t look like he could finish the walk up the stairs!”

I am just saying I don’t think that I would get one. Better to leave the memory where it belongs, in my mind.

Just a thought: Do you need to show proof, like a picture of you crossing the finish line or a secret membership card? I sure hope so.

Question: Would you get an Ironman Tattoo?