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If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. This could not be truer for the Pease brothers and the Pease family.
Beyond the Finish gives readers a look into the lives of Brent and Kyle Pease, who became the second-ever wheelchair-assisted athlete pair to cross the finish line of the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
The story is a family affair, offering narratives from the entire Pease family that illustrate why it “ain’t easy being Peasey.” Although it ain’t always easy, the Pease’s positive attitude has propelled them through seemingly insurmountable challenges—like when Kyle was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia as a child.
While Brent and Kyle’s voices dominate the majority of the pages, the rest of the immediate Pease family all had a chance to put pen to paper and share their perspectives on what it was like “growing up Peasey.” The effect of including many different voices, memories, challenges, and triumphs is a unifying one; the Peases speak emphatically about their emotional bond, and the book’s fusion of Pease personalities reflects the family’s deep roots.
Although the multiple narratives can leave the unfocused reader confused as to whose point of view is being expressed, switching between narrators offers a heartfelt view into how Brent and Kyle share mental and physical trials while still battling individual tests in what is ultimately a team effort to cross the finish line.
Beyond the Finish keeps things refreshingly real. From Brent describing the many years he spent as a “drunk,” to Kyle fearlessly disclosing the challenges of using the restroom as a person with disabilities, no part of the novel is sugarcoated.
Thanks to the unabashed bluntness of the paperback, most readers will find themselves bashfully recounting times when the privilege of being able-bodied was forgotten in the heat of competition. Who can’t think of a time when they were frustrated with a race result, run pace, or bad training session? The Pease brothers remind the reader not everyone has the option to quit, or even to wish for better run times. For Kyle, every day is an Ironman as he battles spastic quadriplegia.
What the brothers make abundantly clear is neither can complete an Ironman without the other. In fact, the pair often say Brent loans Kyle his legs, and Kyle loans Brent his spirit. Brent may be the physical motor behind the operation, but Kyle’s warm, wise spirit is what powers the pair to the finish line.
Triathletes and laymen alike will be doused in inspiration and set aflame with determination after reading about the two brothers who defied Ironman odds with the simple motto: “Together, we wheel.”
For those looking to find their “why” on and off the race course, take the first step with this inspirational story about the Pease brothers. Beyond the Finish is available for purchase now.