Apparently the end-to-end rigors of a professional central midfielder just don't involve quite enough exercise for Frank Lampard.
Asked by a fan about his personal “bucket list” in the latest of his “Ask Lampard” Q&A series, New York City FC's star midfielder revealed that he aspires to run what is widely viewed as the world's most demanding triathlon after he hangs up his cleats.
“I'd love to do an Ironman,” said the veteran Englishman, who also revealed that living in New York is another bucket-list item he's having the pleasure of experiencing at present.
“I have a huge respect for people who do the Ironman, it must be a very tough endurance race, I think it's more popular these days than ever. At the end of my career, hopefully – after a little bit of rest – I can attempt to do that.”
A reminder for those less familiar with the Hawai'i-born event: The Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bicycle ride and capped by a marathon run (26.2 miles), and must typically be finished within a 17-hour timeframe.
Lampard also offered the NYCFC faithful reason for optimism with regards to the calf injury he suffered last week, which the club estimates will sideline him for 3-4 weeks.
“I think hopefully that's the maximum of it. It's a different injury to what I suffered earlier in the year which kept me out a long time and had a lot of complications,” he said. “I'm already back running underwater, getting treatment and doing everything I can to be back as soon as possible.”
“Super Frank” also spoke on a bevy of other topics, including his favorite charity and how he wound up wearing No. 8 for most of his career.