Ironman World Championship Triathlon 2018 with Kyle and Brent Pease
Pease Brothers – Creating Impact Beyond the Finish Line
On October 13th, 2018, brothers, Kyle and Brent Pease will compete in the grueling Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kona, Hawaii consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles of cycling capped with a full 26.2 mile marathon. And they will be competing as a wheelchair assisted team.
Brent will tow Kyle in an inflatable kayak for the swimming segment
Brent will tow Kyle on an inflatable kayak for the swimming segment. During the cycling segment, Kyle will lie on his back while Brent pedals from the rear. The marathon will be run with Brent pushing Kyle as he’s seated in a racing wheelchair. But don’t worry; this is not their first rodeo, or rather triathlon. They have completed 3 triathlons together and many other races in addition to the hundreds of hours spent training.
Ironman World Championship – “toughest race in the world”
Kyle, who has Cerebral Palsy with Spastic Quadriplegia, may be confined to a wheelchair, but has the mind and spirit of a champion endurance athlete which knows no bounds. In this episode they explain how they train and compete in one of the most challenging events and also how they help more people outside of individual competitions with the Kyle Pease Foundation.
Editor’s Note: There are some audio-noise artifacts that remain even after processing that can be heard as Kyle is speaking towards the middle and end of the episode, but I wanted to leave his message intact.
Questions Kyle and Brent are asked:
2:12 First Four:
- How old are you?
- Where were you born?
- Where do you live now?
- What is your favorite part of the triathlon?
3:26 What kinds of activities did you do as a family growing up?
4:02 Kyle, what put you in a wheelchair?
4:36 Were you always included in all the family’s activities?
5:52 How did you get started with Triathlons?
7:51 Brent, what brought you and Kyle together to train for a triathlon?
9:23 What is competing like as a bonding experience for you?
10:58 Are you nervous about the race?
12:16 How do you coordinate your training with each other?
13:45 How much time does, say, a swim workout take for you with prep and everything?
15:34 What are the transitions like at Kona?
16:27 How much help can you legally have at the transitions?
17:11 What equipment are you using for the race?
18:38 Brent, what about the bike you use?
21:01 How much time do you have to complete the event?
21:37 What strategies do you have for the different segments?
22:28 What do you do for in-race nutrition?
24:45 How do you see yourselves in context with Rick and Dick Hoyt?
26:15 Will you be the first team of brothers to finish at Ironman?
26:32 What is the Kyle Pease Foundation?
27:49 What does the foundation offer?
35:03 How important is pushing your limits and overcoming challenges?
37:37 What message would you like to share about striving high?
40:16 Final Kick Round:
- What is your favorite local training run (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
- Favorite running book(s)?
- Words of Wisdom or Humor?
- Who or what would you like to have featured on the Run To The Top podcast?
Quotes by Kyle and Brent:
“From a very early age on, it was just a part of the family dynamic to include me in all the activities. If it was playing basketball in the backyard, there would be some adaptations, but we would always find a way for it to work. I always felt included” – Kyle
“We tapped into something that we hadn’t thought about before. (Triathlons were) a way that we could compete with Kyle without changing any of the rules.” – Brent
“You can’t cram for an endurance event.” – Brent
“Every endurance athlete knows that there’s going to be some kind of discomfort throughout their day.” – Kyle
“You can’t look at any group of people and say, ‘They’re all the same.’ because Kyle’s disability is a little bit different than the person next to him, but their needs as humans are different.” – Brent
“The only person who can stop you is you.” – Kyle
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