Partner Ed Wallis took his endurance sports hobby to a new level in 2022 by finishing his first full distance Ironman Race: (1) a 2.4 mile swim, (2) a 112 mile bike ride, and (3) a 26.2 mile marathon. The three elements must be completed in the same order and within a time limit prescribed by the race director (this year’s time cap was 16 hours, 40 minutes).
Ed chose to race endurance sports to help balance the demanding work on trial law with physical and mental well being. He explains: “Trial law can be stressful on the body and mind, so I found a way to become more at peace by staying in the present moment. Swimming one stroke at a time, biking one pedal stroke at a time and running one step at a time makes the once-impossible area become a reality.”
Ed finished the race in 13 hours, 27 minutes. He explained that in the future, he will race an Ironman again but wants to enjoy a different endurance experience. For 2023, he has signed up to run a 50 mile trail race in Moab, Utah.
“Finishing the Ironman Arizona race was an experience,” Wallis explained. He followed: “But it was the journey to my first Ironman race that taught me the most about myself. The journey taught me the importance of community and perseverance. Many days I was tired, sore or bored of the routine. My community and my dedication to the goal got me to the race – and it was that journey that has helped me find greater peace with my present.”