Mar 13: Day 29
Planned workout(s): None (rest day)
Weight: The bloat is still real.
I really need this fasting day today. Not so much to get the scale down, but just to reset my mind and get back on track. Slipping into some bad habits that I really don’t want to slip into.
For those who do triathlon I am sure you’re seen it: the IM-Dot tattoo. It’s a badge of honor that says “I’ve done the full Ironman”.
There’s a kind of mystique about this thing. There isn’t any actual official rule about getting it, or what it should look like, or where it should be. But there are some unspoken ones. I’ve never even done a full ironman and am aware of these. They include:
- You need to actually do the race first. Training doesn’t count.
- DNFs don’t count.
- 70.3 (half ironman races) doesn’t count. This one is kinda squirrelly though. People seem OK with it as long as you put 70.3 somewhere on it to clarify.
- Non-official ironman events don’t count. Even if it’s the same distance, if you use their logo, it should be one of their official races.
- Races where elements are cancelled outside the athletes control (like the bike being cut short due to severe weather) MAY count, but leans to no.
I get these rules. They make sense to me, but it’s kind of my personality. Heck, I refuse to even put on the race shirt for a race I haven’t completed yet (that’s a topic for another day, actually). I’m totally OK with waiting until I have finished a complete, official IM before I consider getting this tattoo.
From there though, there’s a lot of personal choice involved. Where you get it is up to you, although the calf seems pretty common. What you do with the base logo is up to you too. There’s all sorts of room to express your personality and journey through the tattoo. Check out some of these examples:
Me, I’ve always pictured the IM Dot with a dragon perched on top, wings spread. That would be how I would do it.
If I do it.
See, I’ve never been inked before. I don’t find them offensive or anything, but I’ve just never done it. So now the real decision is, for this major life event of such personal importance, is now the time?
I just haven’t made up my mind. What do you all think about it?