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An Elemental Tattoo

Adam Pritchard writes

I’m a distance runner and also live in the mountains. In January I broke my femur (quick German lesson: femur is “Oberschenkenknochen”) in HALF while snowboarding. It almost took my passion of running away from me! Fortunately, a caring surgeon implanted a 2 foot long Titanium rod into my femur that helped it fuse together and gave me my running back!

Where my geekiness comes in is that I realized that Titanium’s periodic number is 22 and I broke the femur at age 22! So, yesterday I got this minimalist period symbol for Titanium stamped on my quad! Titanium has the lowest weight to strength ratio of all the metals so it’s light and strong, just like I try to run my races!

Would it surprise you to know that Adam works at Salt Lake Running Company? Yeah, he’s pretty serious about this running thing, it’s not just a periodic thing.

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  1. ghislain says

    eine wunderschones tatoo und eine unglaubliches geschichte!! es ist toll das deine bein jetzt 100% ok ist!! viel gluck!!! Titanium rocks!!! m/m/

  2. GapSplitter says

    This is BADASS!!! I feel your pain bro, I broke my femur and thought I'd never run again. Two years later and I run almost everyday, the pain sucks, but I'm sure you know…its crazy what we can do when we put our mind to something. I just wanna say congrats on getting back to pounding pavement and that tattoo is awesome!

  3. sheldon says

    “Oberschenkenknochen” is wrong.
    Schenken=give you a present!