In 2018, Kyle and Brent Pease completed an amazing accomplishment, becoming the first brother duo to complete the Hawaii Ironman.
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child, Kyle Pease had grown up supporting his athlete brothers Brent and Evan from the sidelines. While his condition limited his ability to play sports, it didn’t dampen Kyle’s passion for them, nor did it stop the Pease family from including Kyle in various excursions. From rolling his wheelchair up Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite National Park to zipping down Colorado snow slopes, there was never a dull moment with the Pease brothers. Where there was a wheel, there was a way to adventure.
Upon witnessing Brent complete his first IRONMAN competition, Kyle asked Brent a life-changing question: “Can people in wheelchairs do IRONMAN?” Brent never hesitated with his response.
I watched these two brothers cross the line in Kona last year and while I was emotionally touched and astounded by their achievement, I hadn’t really contemplated exactly what sort of challenges they face during any triathlon, let alone an Ironman in Hawaii. If you listen closely you might hear my voice break up a little at the end and I think it’s hard not to be a bit emotional when you listen to this conversation. This truly was one of the most rewarding and insightful podcasts I have done to date.
We talked about a lot of things, including:
- How Kyle had to tell twin brother Evan that he was “holding them back”
- Swimming the 3.8k Ironman Hawaii course in 1:07 towing a small dinghy with your brother inside
- Just how much power do you need to pedal a bike that weighs 180kg (Bike + Brent + Kyle)
- How Kyle keeps Brent focussed during the bike and run
- Why Kyle need to focus on nutrition during an Ironman just as much as Brent
- The emotion of crossing the Kona finish line
- Writing a book and having to wait until you race Kona to get it finished
To find out more about these two amazing brothers please visit the website for the Kyle Pease Foundation
Read about their incredible life story in their new book “Beyond The Finish” ** When you buy a copy all of the money goes to the foundation. Please support this very worthy cause.
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