Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Goosepond Weekend!

Early on a Saturday we make the trek down to Scottsboro, Alabama.  Last tri of the year, but this was special as I was speaking to all those taking to the starting line.  We tested the equipment and went on a quick run with our good buddy Andrew Shanks.  After we felt good about our equipment, we settled in for a short rest at the hotel and waited on our friend John David and his entire family.  I was pretty excited to have them all there and words don't describe the thanks I felt with them.  John David has long been a friend and it always brings joy to see him by our side on race morning.

In my speech I spoke of the gifts that we have and no matter how small the gift we should all share those.  For me a simple gesture of opening a door can make the world of difference in my day.  The group in Alabama was an incredibly warm group and as I spoke to the group I was already looking forward to a fun day racing with everyone.
Delivering remarks to racers of Goosepond 70.3

Raceday started at 4:45am...cold and dark, I settle into my thoughts. Upon our arrival, we assemble our equipment and prepare for the day ahead.  There was a piercing coolness to the day but I was ready for what was before us.   JD and his nephew Martin pump our kayak and Brent pulled on his wetsuit.  As the horn sounds, Brent lurches forward and I feel the boat move swiftly in the water.  We were moving quick today.  Maybe Brent didn't want the cold water on him much more than I needed that wind blowing in my face.  Either way I was screaming my head off at him.  No sense in slowing down now...
No time for sight seeing today :)
A quick transition was aided by sherpas Dad and JD and then we were off on the bike. The wind was in my face as we turned through the Alabama country roads.  My legs got tight, my back started to ache.  Should we stop? What are we doing? "Brent how many more miles??" He lets me know it is a mere 20 miles...We all face the challenges of the day and together we all must get to the other side of the mountain.  Brent was working hard and I wanted to work harder.  I urged him on and fought through the barriers of my own.  As we neared the transition I was proud of how hard we worked and knew I had learned another lesson as we race more and more. 
Saying hey to friends with our great escorts for the day!
The run was difficult as well as the cold never really let up.  I knew we needed to stay positive and once on the run we had friends and family all over.  Plus the other racers were great energy to keep us going.  As we made our way over the course John David and his family pulled up alongside us and offered us some warm food.  Yep french fries and hamburger :) I think I know a new fuel source for those longer races and those salty fries were some of the best food I have ever tasted...well at least 6 hrs into a good race. 
As we raced along I kept thinking of positive thoughts.  I asked more of my body and more of Brent to get us across the line.  This was no easy day but as we approached the finish I knew we had earned it!  We finished in 7hrs 18mins making it a terrific end to a great weekend. I would like to thank the people of Scottsboro for their unbelievable hospitality and generosity as well as all the positive things they had to say about the foundation. To our three escorts on the bike... I don't know how to thank you enough.  To JD and his wife, their children, his mother and cousin thank you for all the support.  It gives us all the more reason to push through.  To Dad for being there all day to make sure we were taken care of a thousand thanks!!
We have a great November in store and hope to share our gifts with many of you!

All the best!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5k

Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5k Teams With Kyle Pease Foundation!!!!

Holcomb Bridge Middle School and the second-annual Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5k are
excited to announce a partnership with the Kyle Pease Foundation (KPF), a non-profit
organization which provides sports-participation opportunities for persons with disabilities.

To kick off this partnership, HBMS will be hosting an in-school assembly on Oct. 19 with
Kyle Pease, his brothers and KPF supporters to promote this year’s race, discuss the
organization’s goals and educate all HBMS students about inclusion of all athletes as part of the
group’s mission.
Through this partnership, the school, it’s PTA and race organizers, will be promoting
KPF’s mission to provide assistance for persons with disabilities and to help them meet their
individual needs through sports. Kyle Pease, as well as students who are being assisted by
KPF, and numerous KPF supporters and volunteers will participate in this year’s race.
We are excited to be able to help all students experience the thrill of reaching the
starting line and the exhilaration of crossing the finish line.

Mission Statement: The purpose of The Kyle Pease Foundation is to create awareness and raise funds
to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs
through sports. Programs may include scholarship opportunities, purchasing medical equipment for
others or contribute to other organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons and
participating in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

KPF will provide these services directly to individuals as well as partner with other existing non-profit organizations to achieve these goals. Direct beneficiaries will be limited to persons with disabilities who need adaptive sports equipment, mobility devices or medical care.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bowling and Shopping With KPeasey!!!

Guess what?!?  It's that time of year again.  Yes we are already ready to go for our 3rd annual bowling event.  So please go ahead and SAVE THE DATE:
When: Nov 15th 6 pm - 9 pm
What: An Evening to benefit The Kyle Pease Foundation
Donation: $35 Suggested Donation to benefit The Kyle Pease Foundation 
                 Your donation will include a shirt, bowling and pizza!

 We hope that you can make it again this year so please be sure to mark the calendars NOW!!
See how much fun everyone is having!!!

We will also have our raffle again with more GREAT prizes
Unfortunately Karl Malone's shoes will not be available this year

And of course special guests....
The Dude

Not this dude...well maybe
We look forward to seeing everyone again soon and sharing with you our journey and plans beyond. 
Perhaps equally as exciting we now have another way to help The Kyle Pease Foundation. 
The Kyle Pease Foundation has teamed up with Socialvest, a cause-based shopping platform, to give you an opportunity to earn money for our organization every-time you shop online. Anytime you shop at one of 100's of participating retailers including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, and Nordstrom a percentage of your total purchase will be donated to the organization, at no cost to you! We know you want to support us but that time and money are two of the two biggest challenges we all face. Our goal is to find easy ways for you to give back just by doing something you already do: shop.
Visit SocialVest or use the link: https://www.socialvest.us/get-involved/register/kylepeasefoundation.

Please consider joining us in November and the next time you shop please remember there are easy ways to help too!  Thank you to you all who help us make this possible and we look forward to sharing with you soon.

All the best
Founder: The Kyle Pease Foundation