The day started like a dream for Kyle Pease. He floated in an inflatable kayak on the waves of the Pacific Ocean as the sun rose in Kona, Hawaii. Soon the hard part would come – strapped into a bicycle seat for over eight hours, fighting for over eight hours in the heat emitted by the Big Island lava beds while trying to control the spasms that hit his 100th birthday Foundation bodies destroyed. Then he would endure nearly four and a half hours in a specially designed wheelchair and fight a body that was not meant for such a long imprisonment. He was here with his brother Brent to attend the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships – one of the cruelest triathlons in the world.
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The goal of the brothers at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October 2018 was indeed the dream of a man with a spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and a sibling whose sportiness is only achieved through his heart and love for his brother  How to become Zero Ironman in 6 months
The Birth of a Dream
The dream began eight years ago when Brent finished his first Ironman. Kyle, who grew up his brother's love of sports, asked Brent if they could compete together. They started with smaller runs, then marathons and triathlons, until they entered their first Ironman in Wisconsin in 2013. In 2015 another Ironman followed in Florida. At the Raleigh-Half-Ironman in June, they were greeted at the finish line with an announcement: They had received a special ambassador's seat for the 40th anniversary of the World Cup in Hawaii.
"I immediately collapsed [in tears] because we gave up so often," Brent recalls. "When they told us we came in, it was after five years of waiting. These five years felt like an eternity. "
Kyle agrees," Receiving this news was a dream come true. We have talked about it for a long time. When we realized that this was going to happen, it was very sweet.
The brothers celebrate their entry into the Super Bowl of triathlons, however, as they felt the pressure on the world stage and on the road grueling course on the Big Island to contest a good race. They gave up alcohol and sweets. They participated in a preparatory Ironman in the height of Boulder, Colorado. And they trained hard – 20 to 30 hours a week for Brent, including 6 to 10 hours with Kyle, usually on weekends. They trained and ran not only for themselves but also for the approximately 100 other athletes supported by the Kyle Pease Foundation.
"We did not just represent ourselves," says Kyle. "We represented so many other families who went with us. They are part of our life.
Brent said he sensed the pressure of people's expectations, but used that to their advantage.
"We felt that their energy had driven us to their destination. "He says.
This motivation, coupled with hard training, resulted in a 36-minute best finish for a remarkable 14:29 finish, including a 1:07 gap for the 2.4-mile swim and 8: 22 for the 112-Mile Bike and 4:45 in the 26.2-mile marathon track and crossovers.
A True Team
To the first-time observer It may seem that Brent is the one who does all the work, pulls, pedals, and works his brother in love, but Kyle is an equal member of the team in both fatigue and fatigue sharing Supporting his brother Because of his spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, he must focus on the core of his body to limit cramping – movements that would make Brent's job much harder.
"Although I have the sp Do not take on the local activity of the sport just because I'm in an uncomfortable position, "says Kyle. "I think that brings me as much as Brent. My job is to be a good jockey, to encourage Brent to motivate him.
This motivation is very important, especially on the bicycle leg. While most athletes are busy shaving ounces of their under 20-pound bike, Brent has to pedal a 50-pound bike and a 100-pound brother. The total number of calories burned by Brent was about 1,550, about twice as many as other athletes. Nevertheless, Brent believes that Kyle has the harder job.
"I think it's harder for Kyle than for me," says Brent. "Kyle's body was not designed for a 140.6-mile race, and the fact that he can remain mentally engaged is not suitable for many people. We have seen others fail. I need this energy from him to double the work. If Kyle just sat there and said nothing and waited for the moment of glory at the finish line, it just would not work. I need Kyle. His energy carries me through the day. He is the reason why I am out there.
What's Next for the Pease Brothers
What do you do after you reach the top of the triathlon race? Brent jokes that his fear of heights would keep them from undertaking an extreme adventure on how to climb the mountain. Everest together, though Kyle said he did not mind. For now, the two are happy with the race and definitely want to do another 140.6-mile race at some point, even if it's not World Championships.
"We will definitely make an Ironman again," says Brent. "We just enjoy it too much. We are too determined to sit still.
Kill's goal is to capitalize on the extra attention gained by attending the World Championships to bolster the Kyle Pease Foundation's efforts and support for disabled athletes.
The focus is on the foundation and growing up to show others what inclusion is all about, the Ironman was a turning point for our foundation, "says Kyle.
After waiting for five years to be invited to the World Championships in Hawaii, the brothers would love to return, although they understand that if they receive no other special, they invite to the World Championships, as it is usually only a qualification whose standards are impossible for a duo team like the Pease brothers. Regardless, both brothers appreciate the invitation of the Ironman this year.
"We are so thankful for that," says Kyle. "We were so blessed to be a part of it. When the opportunity presents itself again, we will be there.