The Tattoo

There has been much discussion amongst the populous regarding whether or not I’ll be getting a tattoo with a little M-Dot logo or other pictorial to signify my finishing an Ironman.

To round up some of the comments:

Jeanne took the more commanding approach:

“Go get the tattoo already!”

Xena beat around the bush:

“Sooooo, about the tattoo …..”

Kelly just straight up asked:

“I don’t think I’m the only one who is wondering… are you getting the tattoo?”

Well sports fans, hate to disappoint ya – but no tattoo for me. I prefer to decorate my ankle (which – if I had to get one, is where it would have been) with the cuts, scrapes and scratches of my running shoes as they scrape and cut into my skin in the last few miles of the weekly long run when my stride gets lazy and I manage to kick myself.

Just not my cup of tea. I prefer my tea parties to be more low-key. To some degree I think I personally prefer the anonymity when I go to the pool. I’ve got nuttin’ against anyone who has a tattoo – and I think most of them do actually look pretty cool. But alas, not for me.

As for a quick training update, indoor trainer workouts have basically returned to normal. As of this morning, swim workouts have returned almost back to normal, currently at the 3,400+ yard level, short of the 4,000ish yard level. Running is the only area still cut back till next week, mostly cause that has the highest impact.

On that note… I’m off early this afternoon for another enjoyable and relaxing weekend. Catch ya’ll on the other side with the deets!


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  1. Ray, way to keep the slate clean and buck that seemingly ubiquitous triathlon trend. On the other hand maybe you could go for the fighter pilot approach and put a small Ironman decal somewhere on your bike every time you knock one out.

  2. @ Jason:

    Funny – you stole my thunder for an upcoming post! Yes, plans are in the works for exactly that (current victims: Squirrel, 6-yo kid, and perhaps the bee…). Details in the coming weeks…

  3. Good for you – I don’t understand the tat fascination either. Why vandalize your body?

  4. I always knew you were a smart guy! I make it a rule not to go near needles wielded by anyone without several medical degrees behind their name.

  5. Yea! I’m glad I’m not the only IM Finisher who is without a tattoo. Again, I would love to have one, but where to put it and (ACK!) the pain involved…it is more than I can handle.

  6. If you don’t want a tattoo, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m not sure if I ever did one that I’d get one either. But then, not sure if I could ever do one! That would be at least 2 years off, if ever.

  7. Ah it’s ok! I’ve decided after I do 10… I’ll get my tattoo!

  8. Good for you! I like people who don’t feel compelled to go with the crowd.

  9. i like the idea of putting a small m-dot decal on bike…
    not a tat guy…nothing against it though

  10. I for one, am glad to hear it. ;) But you already knew that!!

    I’m planning to write a post about that whole thing I went off on…and the sport of triathlon in general.

    Anyway, I’m glad you’re keeping the m-dot on the stickers.

    Hope your weekend was awesome!

  11. Oh come on you sissy, all the cool kids are doing it.

    Just kidding. I don’t have a tattoo cuz I’m afraid of commitment…shhh, don’t tell.

  12. Good. I think the tatoo is so played. Can’t wait for Canada next year! Whoo-hoo!

  13. Good for you on the tattoo! Like most of the others who have responded to this post, I am not a big ink and needle fan either.

  14. I go back and forth on the tattoo thing. Mostly I just don’t like that it says CORPORATE SYMBOL as much as it says achievement. You know?
    I can’t believe you are back to that much training already. You are a true Ironman for not getting sick of it and needing a mega long break! I would! I DO and I’m only doing halves!

  15. Ironman tramp stamp.