by G. Kenneth Raggio
There are sports. There are endurance sports. Then, there are ultra-endurance sports–even quests.
Mike Lynn, 65+, a trial attorney with Lynn Pinker Cox Hurst, and Weldon Moore, 55+, a bankruptcy attorney with Sussman & Moore, demonstrate the hours and determination involved in such pursuits.
On the Trail
Mike Lynn played club soccer throughout his educational days, turning more to swimming, jogging, and yoga as he matured as a lawyer. But from his undergraduate days at the University of Virginia, he was very well aware of the Appalachian Trail and had even tackled some shorter day hikes on it.
To hike the entire Trail became a quest or, shall we say, a “bucket list” item for him. He started reading about the Trail, participating in blogs, and doing the detailed preparation that we know as lawyers is essential for a trial. Shortly after ending a trial with a multimillion dollar verdict in his client’s favor, then having knee replacement surgery, Lynn finally set out on the Appalachian Trail. He found that his extensive physical and mental preparation was helpful for many reasons—for instance, he never once got blisters on his feet, and he had enough communications equipment in his 36-pound pack to keep in touch and also to post on his blog (TinmanonAP.blogspot.com). In addition to explaining the preparation and actual hike, Lynn’s blog continues with his view from afar of his trek and his post-trek life. (Spoiler alert: While not injured while hiking on the Trail, he was not so fortunate back in Big D.)
With some time off here and there, this journey was a three-month endeavor with Lynn covering some 700 miles on the Trail. He completed his final day on the Trail on July 27. He came home with a fresh appreciation of many things. For example, he still looks at items to buy (or to eat) as to whether it would be worth carrying that item in his pack. He also remembers the realization/experience that even the best raingear can only keep you “dry” for a couple hours and that being “wet and warm” when you know there is a hut coming up was probably the best compromise. He still keeps in touch with people that he met on the trail.
It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Weldon Moore was a competitive cyclist back in high school during the 70s. Later, as a young lawyer and parent, he missed the regularity of working out, only to rediscover running in the past decade or so. He has done over a dozen marathons, approximately the same number of 100-mile century bike rides and an Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, and just this spring, he competed in the Rocky Raccoon 50-mile ultramarathon in the Huntsville area. That certainly qualifies as ultra-endurance activity!
As he got more into running, Moore joined a group out of RunOn, the running store on Mockingbird. Over time his “buds” have evolved into a six-person group that runs regularly and participates in events such as the Rocky Raccoon, half marathons, triathlons, and marathons. His running group has become like family to him.
Moore works out each morning before heading to the office. Whether it is a quick work out at the gym or a long run, he views this as part of his normal morning routine, just like brushing your teeth or taking a shower—not only necessary, but also something that makes you feel good. In other words, he got the memo as described in Chapter 4 of Younger Next Year that says exercising 6 days a week for the rest of your life is your new job.
Both Lynn and Moore are very proud of their accomplishments and plan to continue to stay fit, active and healthy in the future. We salute their perseverance and endurance as examples of maintaining fitness as we age.
Kenneth G. Raggio is a partner at Raggio & Raggio, P.L.L.C. and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.