Friday, September 6, 2013--6:25p.m.
MADISON--140 miles. Starting with a splash in Lake Monona Sunday morning, followed by exhaustive bike and run segments, it's something only the fittest athletes are crazy enough to attempt. And it's been on Kyle Pease's wish list since 2010, when he watched his brother, Brent complete his first Ironman. "After his 12 hour and 42 minute race I asked him a whole lot of questions," said Kyle. And by the end of the conversation: "I was like, well I want to do one," he said.
But he'll need a little help from his brother to make that dream happen. Kyle has Cerebral Palsy, so he and Brent will be competing together in this weekend's Ironman race, Kyle's first. "Well, he's the world's toughest athlete," said Brent, of Kyle.
Brent will literally push and pull Kyle the length of the course. They'll use an inflatable kayak--tethered to Brent--for the swim portion.
Then they'll use a tandem bike for the ride and a special wheelchair for the run. "There's no discrimination," said Brent, of the race. "Everybody, it's a level playing field. We all go through 140 miles together and we all have to go through the same 140 miles, there's no special accommodations."
That's exactly what the brothers want.
By sharing their story they hope to help other kids with disabilities realize they can accomplish their dreams, no matter how epic they are.
And despite the challenge of competing together, both say that's the best part. "When i'm out there with Kyle sometimes I forget that there's this extra weight," said Brent. "I mean it doesn't, it deosn't feel like there's another person.....I say that, you know, Kyle borrows my legs and I borrow his spirit and you know, that really helps us get through it."
To follow the Pease brothers (bib #s 102 and 104), you can search for results here: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/wisconsin.aspx#axzz2e9Kb7vk4
To learn about the Kyle Pease Foundation: http://www.kylepeasefoundation.org/index.html