President's Message -December 2022
Janet Hong Reflects on 2022
WLALA President 2022-2023
As 2022 closes out, I think about how much the world has changed over these last few years and how health became front and center in our thoughts, policies, and for many, how health rose to the top of their priority list. For me, that includes physical, mental, and emotional health. What has served as my centering force over the years is racing triathlons.
On October 23, 2022, I traveled to Sacramento for Ironman California. We swam 2.4 miles in the Sacramento and American rivers, biked 112 miles in 25-35 mile per hour winds, and ran 26.2 miles to the finish line in downtown where a cheering crowd awaited. I had a record four flat tires during the bike portion of the race, the most of any individual athlete for the day. Fifteen hours, 34 minutes, and 33 seconds after swim start, I completed my third full distance triathlon.
Gender parity in the triathlon world remains elusive. Women make up approximately 20% of Ironman competitors. At my last few races, women were assigned pink caps, men with green or blue. I grow tired of such worn-out gender stereotypes and recognize that even in these subtle ways, everyday acts of exclusion are something that impact me, and all of us at some point. The name of the franchise notwithstanding, I still find so much value in pushing my limits in an endurance sport where the training has become my meditation. Beyond the physical, the mental and emotional benefits cannot be overstated.
I hope that as we wind down the year, we can all find time and space for ourselves, nurturing our many facets of health in ways that are authentic and intentional. Whether it’s by taking up a new hobby, reaching for a new goal, or simply taking a nap, we all deserve to feel healthy and whole. I wish everyone peace, health, and happiness. See you in the new year.
President, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles