I wanted to talk about the Ironman Tattoo. I am a fan of tattoos and actually have a few. I have completed 4 Ironman races and DON'T have an Ironman tattoo. I hope I don't offend anyone reading this who does have the tattoo. I feel the need to express my opinion (that is surely a surprise)! If you are one of the many with the tattoo please keep in mind I say all this in fun and I will still like you even if you have one. I might make fun of you but I like you. You might ask, what I have against the Ironman tattoo? I think there should be a disclaimer that a person has to sign when they get an Ironman tattoo. They should have to agree to complete an Ironman at least every five years for the rest of their life. If they don't agree to that they should not be able to get one! Too many people get the tattoo and then suddenly stop training and get fat. If you do one Ironman and get the tattoo then suddenly don't workout are you still an Ironman? Then some people gain a ton of weight but still have the tattoo. Is that really a good representation of an Ironman? I think not! If anyone wonders what the tattoo looks like at the top of the blog is the Mdot (that is what they call it) logo. My client Hollie has a ton of tattoo's and she agrees with me about the Mdot tattoo. I like her tattoo pictured here. It is on the backs of her arms and says "I love to run". I like it but I am not gutsy enough to get a tattoo on my arms. I figure if I ever go back to work in the corporate world that would be a problem. I don't plan on it ever going back to work in the corporate world but you never know.
If you want to represent the fact that you did something amazing it should be unique. It is so funny to go to an Ironman event and see all the SAME tattoos. Who wants to get a tattoo that everyone else has? At some point I plan on getting a tattoo that shows my love of the sport. It will be unique to me and my personality and will not contain the Mdot!
When we finished Ironman St. George Christian and Jimmy were all ready to get their tattoos. Neither of them have any tattoos but plan on getting this one! Whatever! I told them not to get it really big, so that it covers their entire calf! That cracks me up when people don't just get the tattoo but they get it so big that it looks even more ridiculous. Even better are the people that get one for each of the Ironman races they have done. The BEST (or Worst) is actually one of my on/off clients Adan. I love Adan (and hope he still loves me after this) but he got an Mdot tattoo and has only done a half Ironman not even a full. He did put 70.3 next to it so at least he is being honest but really?
I am feeling great since doing Ironman St. George last week. I had some issues with my calf for a few days but that was it. Here is a picture of me being helped out of the water after the swim. I was in such pain from cramping in both my legs. It is pretty funny! I will not forget that. Maybe I should get that picture tattooed on me! Just kidding.