About 2-3 years ago I had dreamed of doing the Ironman but truly at that point just couldn't wrap my mind around finding the time it would take to train nor was I in a good place mentally to get through a swim where there was the potential of me getting jostled around and beat up in a river swim.
Anyway, a few years back I ran the Louisville marathon and I came upon a woman who was in front of me and she had the mdot tattoo on her calf. I ran up to her and told her how I looked up to her and that I just wanted to tell her congratulations on finishing. Yes, a total stranger but it's an Ironman and even then I understood what it meant. My very next thought was "if I ever finish an Ironman, I'm getting one of those!"
So, fast forward 2 years and Ironman finish and here I am. I had originally planned on getting one sooner after the race but I just wanted to make sure that I still wanted one and also I wanted to design something a little different for memories sake.
I chose Bleed Blue Tattoo's because a friend of mine had been there and recommended them. I heard they did some really great work and the place is something like an art studio when you walk inside. It's just a cool spot if tattoo's are your thing.
Rewind a month...back on Halloween I went and met with Jamie and showed her the design I was thinking about. The only thing we didnt have nailed down was putting the water inside the MDot. She told me that was something she was going to have to work on and think over. So when I came back last night for my appointment, she had it all drawn up and it looked FREAKING GREAT! I just didn't want to settle and that had been my biggest fear all along. When I saw the design all put together, I had a huge smile on my face.
Forgive my wardrobe choice and the scabs. I forgot to tell you guys about my nasty fall 2 weeks ago.
Jamie working away on coloring in the bike crank portion. It stung a bit I have to say.
The hard parts now over!
In with the waves!
Hope I still get compliments on it when I'm 80. Saggy calf n' all.
Me and Jamie posing in some really bad light.
I chose the design for a reason. The swim, well, that was my worst fear going in. I knew if I could survive that swim I would be ok. I'm a good swimmer, a strong swimmer but mentally I can be a huge chicken once I hop in the water. On Ironman day I did more than just survive. The bike for me was a testament to good choices and being happy. I did everything right that day when I needed to. The bike was my friend no doubt. The only thing left was the run. The tattoo looks great but it's still not complete. I haven't figured out how I want to incorporate the run but it will have to do with light and what I saw at the finish line. But for now, I'm one happy inked up girl!
**yes, it hurt, but only just a little. :)