Revisiting Our Dream of Becoming Ironman World Champions One Year Later

Revisiting Our Dream of Becoming Ironman World Champions One Year Later

It was barely a year ago that Kyle and I were preparing for the biggest race of our lives. It still feels pretty fresh, as the triathlon world swirls back around KONA for the 2019 World Ironman Championships. While it is still fresh in my mind, I want to reflect on it one more time.

For those that dream, perhaps this will speak to you. Or for those that are brothers, mothers, fathers, sisters and family you will likely understand, too. Kyle and I both wanted to be athletes growing up, but neither of us would ever be the first picked. We weren't bad, or less able. It was simply the way the selection process worked out. When I ultimately stumbled into endurance sports and eventually joined with Kyle to compete together, the dream of being an athlete came flooding back. Like when we were kids in our backyard making up rules to whatever games we were playing, the dream became very powerful and through refusing to give up that dream, it all led to KONA.

Each of you had a hand in the ultimate success of race week. Your support was felt over every mile and throughout our entire week in Hawaii. Kyle often talks of finally being recognized as an athlete, but he has made me an athlete, too. Kyle carried me down to Dig Me beach and through the challenging waves of the mighty Pacific. He powered me across the Queen K, up to Hawi and back faster than we had ever ridden before. Then he coached me through the hardest run we've ever endured; through some of our darkest miles together and out onto the other side. We ultimately experienced one of the grandest finish lines we've ever known to be crowned Ironman World Champion athletes.

To say it was a special moment would be a slight understatement. As we look to Championship week this year, we are reminded of the perfect words from our friend, Dale Robinson, "When you [are] in the world championship, we all in the world championship." Together We Wheel. Thank you all for "Walking With Kpeasey"

The journey will continue and with more than 600 finish lines crossed this year by the athletes of our foundation. We look forward to closing out the year with a bang. At the end of October, we will have 18 teams in Washington DC for the Marine Corps Marathon and then on November 10th we will celebrate our year with our annual bowling and awards event at Bowling with KPeasey. We hope to see you all there to celebrate like World Champions!

Fall is in Full Swing for KPeasey

Whew!  It’s been a very busy year for The Kyle Pease Foundation – and, as we wind down, there are a few wheels still turning. 

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On September 13th, The Jake hosted their 5th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting The Kyle Pease Foundation. It was a perfect day on the course with over 60 golfers at Horseshoe Bend Golf Course. Click HERE to see pictures from this spectacular day.

Bowling with KPeasey will be on November 10th this year. At the event, we will announce the winner of the Jake Vinson Family Grant. The Jake Vinson Family Grant is intended for individuals and families who are experiencing disability and are looking to enhance their quality of life through resources that may not be readily available or financially unattainable.

“The grant means a tremendous amount to our family,” said Jake’s mom, Amy Vinson. “KPF allowed Jake to participate in a sport that he would not have had an opportunity otherwise. The grant is symbolic of our ability to share with other very deserving athletes and allows Jake’s memory to live on and hopefully inspire others.”

In addition to the award presentation, the bowling party offers an opportunity for all our athletes to mingle, eat and enjoy a lowkey, no-sweat activity! 

When asked what his favorite bowling memory was, Kyle offered, “I have so many favorite memories of our bowling event. My overall favorite memory of bowling is celebrating our athletes and family’s accomplishments over the year.”

“I’m super honored that Jake’s legacy is felt during this process,” he continued. “I’m thankful for the Vinson family and our wonderful committee.”

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As we head towards 2020, we focus on the Boston Marathon in which the foundation’s own athlete/volunteer team, Lizzy Kirksey and Gordie Powellwill participate in the iconic tradition. We wish them luck on the road to Boston and can’t wait to celebrate with the #BostonPeaseParty

With the Marine Corps Marathon quickly approaching, it’s easy to forget that there’s one more race on the calendar. The holidays are about spending time with friends and family. On Thanksgiving Day morning, the KPF family will be in the streets again, participating in the Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Half-marathon, ending the racing season in true KPF fashion. 

Speaking of fashion, we’ve got new swag! There will be new KPF wear coming out in October. All purchases will go towards supporting chair athletes. For more information on this, check our store on October 1st. 

We appreciate all of our athletes and volunteers and look forward to seeing you soon!

Kyle and Brent "Love That Dirty Water" in Boston

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Hey KPeasey Nation….Though I hate to push the summer away faster than I should, I’m really looking forward to our fall racing season. Somehow the heat of an Atlanta summer is not as conducive for racing as the crisp morning air of September and October.

 While Brent and I were traveling around Boston last weekend, Kevin Enners and several other KPF athletes were enjoying one of our favorite races, the 27h Annual Lekotek Run.  Kevin shared his race report in the paragraphs below.

 “The last Lekotek race I did resulted in the three letters no competitive athlete wants to hear – DNF. One of the pullies that kept my recumbent cycle chain taut was smashed as I rode over a speedbump. The speedbump was unavoidable as were all the ones spanning the entire width of the first stretch. Luckily, the damage to the bike was fixable, but it was devastating to my soul.

I thought that would be my last attempt at Lekotek, until recently, finding out that they had a new course, which turned the four-miler into a 5k and10k – without speedbumps! Instead, it had hills! Lots of hills. Grinding away up one steep sucker, cresting the top breathless, I found myself reconciling some life decisions. What had I expected? Maybe that the course would be friendly? Maybe it would seem manageable as I’ve gotten stronger? Wrong-o!

A fellow crank athlete, Jackson, accompanied me and suffered with me through massive, thigh-burning undulations. Drill the hills, I urged myself...just drill the hills. Jackson was a crank athlete who had raced with ConnectAbility in Dahlonega. He is aspiring to qualify for the Paralympics in a push-rim chair.

His racing tactics were the typical full-speed-downhill-grind-uphill method. Mine were just the opposite, as I consider myself a “climber” and a “careful-not-to-flip-over descender”.

With four-percent climb to ascend (according to Strava), I tried to hold my watts slightly below my FTP (Functional Threshold Power)– which is 100 watts – but had to go above FTP just to average a seven-minute-per-mile pace. It was a challenging course and one that makes you appreciate the finish!”

Everyone seemed to have a great time and this was felt in the power of Kevin’s words. Kevin is a hard worker, a published author and a gifted writer and teaches us all that a mere disability can’t hold you back.

 We had an equally great time in Boston due to the planning, connections and great hospitality of none other than our friend and co-author, Todd Civin. Todd’s itinerary for us included a visit to a wonderful adaptive gym owned by new friend Brendan Aylward, a TV interview with Worcester TV3, and two book signings.  The absolute highlights however were throwing out the first pitch for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the AAA affiliate for Boston, bringing out the game ball and the resin bag for the starting pitcher at historic Fenway Park. These are childhood dreams of every little boy and girl and were absolutely incredible experiences. We met Red Sox pitcher Andrew Cashner, who was so down to earth.

We also visited the bronze statue of the founders of our sport Dick and Rick Hoyt which sits overlooking the starting line of the  historic Boston Marathon. This was dwarfed only by meeting the Babe Ruth of our sport, Dick Hoyt, in human form. Rick was ill so couldn’t join Dick at the Expo for the Falmouth Road Race but meeting Dick was surreal. He is so supportive of what we are doing and without the efforts of he and Rick, our sport may have never existed and the opportunities to compete for so many would likely remain a fantasy.  We shared war stories with Mr. Hoyt and show absolute love and appreciation to the founder of our sport.

After competing in the Falmouth Road Race, we returned home as our athletes competed in one of our staple races, the John Tanner Tri. Several athletes competed with the help of some amazing volunteers. As always smiles were abundant and everyone enjoyed the atmosphere and the comradery experienced by our athletes and their families.

Don’t forget that our book, Beyond the Finish is now available in Kindle form which we are super thrilled about.

Until next time,

Kyle

Braves Recognize the Pease Brothers and Launch their New Book!

Braves Recognize the Pease Brothers and Launch their New Book!

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As part of the Atlanta Braves’ recognition of community heroes, Kyle and Brent Pease were honored on May 14th during the game. The Pease Brothers were recognized for their continued efforts to promote inclusion of differently abled individuals in sports. For Kyle, a lifelong Braves fan, it was a dream come true.     

“As I got to wheel out of a tunnel to an amazing crowd, and to watch the video and all the photographs really put into focus what we are trying to do with the Kyle Pease Foundation. I was in awe of the moment.” 

“As a life-long Braves Fan it was a dream come true. Being by the Atlanta Braves was such an exciting moment for me, as I got to wheel out of a tunnel to an amazing crowd, and to watch the video and all the photographs really put into focus what we are trying to do with The Kyle Pease Foundation. I was in awe of the moment. The book signing was another terrific opportunity to share our story and go behind the scenes of brotherly love to realizing our dreams of becoming athletes together,” Kyle said.

Everything from that week set in after the book signing two days later, at which they debuted their autobiography, Beyond the Finish. “The book signing,” Kyle added, “was another terrific opportunity to share our story and go behind the scenes of brotherly love to realizing our dreams of becoming athletes together.”

From Brent:
In 1991, the Braves were finally out of the cellar and on the last game of the season they clinched their first of 14 straight pennants.  Sitting behind home plate were three of the biggest Braves fans and their mother (she might have been the biggest fan).  It was the first time we as brothers got to experience the real thrill of victory.  I know that HD & 4k tv's are all the rage, but nothing can replace the excitement of being there in person.  With more than 50,000 people cheering on the hometown team it was one of the coolest experiences for us as brothers.

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Flash forward to two stadiums later, a move OTP and the Braves were getting ready to call our name.  For two guys who probably had no shot at a big league contract this was pretty amazing.  When they called our name and we walked onto the field it was damn near close to that game in 1991.  I might have even stole a glance at the jumbotron to see the smiles on our faces.  The most exciting part was feeling like an even bigger part of the Atlanta Sport Community.  The night was about honoring community heroes and the focus was as much on the foundation as the two of us.  Of course it didn't hurt that we got to wear custom game jersey's with our names on them!  We are incredibly proud of the work of the foundation and are ever humbled at the recognition that sometimes brings.

Because who does things easy?? We turned around on Thursday night and launched our book, Beyond the Finish! When we learned more about the process of actually writing a book we decided in 2016 to get started on the project then.  We figured when the last chapter occurred we could finally write that one.  After the Ironman last fall we were able to finally complete our book and begin the editing process to get this ready for 'mass consumption.'  A big thanks to Todd Civin & Mascot Books for helping us pull this together and helping us learn along the way the energy required to write a book.  The reception was fantastic and nearly 150 copies went out the door for that first event.  We hope that each of you can take something from the book as friends, parents, athletes and maybe even brothers.  We hope this brings you as much joy as it brought us along the way and even more so as the first books head out the door.  We've been told that the Amazon market place is pretty big so as you get your book please review and share your comments there and hope that you encourage your friends to grab a copy too!  Thank you to all of you who have ordered and started reading your copies already!

 Together WE Wheel!

Pease Brothers' New Book Takes Readers Beyond the Finish

As Brent and I ascended up the racing ladder over the past several years, countless people have asked when we plan to document our story in the form of a book. I even asked myself the same question for some time knowing that what we have been able to do together is a story that many are interested in hearing. With a lot of hard work over the two year process, we are happy to announce that Beyond the Finish is a reality. Over 200 pages sandwiched between a bright, beautiful front and back cover, we share our story of life, love and determination through the years which culminated in success at the Ironman World Championship in Kona last October.

I can’t tell you how proud I am of this book. Beyond the Finish takes you behind the scenes like never before, through the eyes of every Pease family member who has helped us get to this point. I know the story pretty well having lived it and even I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out how our story ended.

What I hope people take away from the book is that you don’t let anything stop you and don't let anything define you. It’s more than just a book about two guys racing together but more so a book about love, friendship, outshining your goals and not allowing a few unfortunate circumstances prevent you from shining on your own biggest stage. I want to say thank you to our great buddy, Todd Civin, our co-author. Todd has been with us since day one and without his guidance and knowledge in how to put the story together this would not have been possible.

You can preorder your book today on Amazon.

We also teaming up with the Atlanta Braves on May 14th at SunTrust Park as part of our book celebration and rumor has it we may be toeing the starting line against Freeze.

We will be having our launch party on May 15th at Big Sky Buckhead and invite everyone to attend. Please consider inviting friends and sharing the flyer below on Facebook and Instagram.

Join Us For Our First Book Launch Event at Big Sky Buckhead

Join Us For Our First Book Launch Event at Big Sky Buckhead