Kyle is a friend to everyone, and if he is your friend I can guarantee he is your funniest friend. Kyle is also the most giving and loyal of friends and even when he does not have much he is still willing to offer what he has and more. His humor is a gift few are given as well is his acceptance of everyone with a "come as you are" attitude. His talents lie in many things and there is rare a man who has worked harder than Kyle. When Family and friends are being considered there is not a man who loves bigger than Kyle...he IS an Ironman
Kyle has raced bikes for over 25 years and has 100's of stories with animated details of many crazy, dangerous, and lets be honest, stupid as well as awesome times with many of his friends.
He has raced road bikes locally for multiple teams and currently races for Plan7. Despite the fact that he could race in a masters category that matches his age, he most oftentimes races with the youngest and the fastest in the state, because he can and lets be honest, he loves it!
Kyle has been racing triathlons for about 11 years and more often than not lands on the podium. Six years ago he did his first 1/2 ironman; that's a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.2 mile run. He did very well and every year since he has competed again and improved his time.
Kyle qualified and raced his first Ironman, 70.3 in St. George Utah on May 4th 2021. He not only finished but placed 17th in his age group winning a spot in the World Championship Ironman 70.3 to be held September 2021.
He trains hard in the little spare time that he has between work and family. His "real" job is an account manager for Competitive Cyclist, a branch of Backcountry.com where he has been their leading salesman for 5 years running. In addition Kyle has taught spin and body pump classes at multiple gyms for 20 years. He has many loyal "groupies" at all of these gyms as they love his attitude, creativity and energy. As a side hustle he has another passion; he loves to buy and sell cars, cool cars, old cars, nostalgic rides of days past...he loves them all.
For his community Kyle devotes much of his spare (lol) time to the Davis High School mountain bike team. He helps train the most advanced kids to be even better. This simplest of things has connected him to some of his greatest friends and brings him the utmost of joy watching the next generation rise.
While training for his Ironman this past May of 2021 he noticed his speech felt slurred, something was not quite right. When asked no one else could hear the change but he did so he started seeking answers. A concern that it was possibly ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - Lou Gehrig’s disease) was brought up but was quickly dismissed by multiple medical doctors who specialize in the condition. To them it was not conceivable that he could have ALS and be performing as well as he was in his triathlon training and racing. Kyles training as well as the tests continued in a desperate search for answers. His speech continued to decline, his upper body was twitching now, something was wrong and it was progressing.
We pushed for answers...
July 16th, 2021 it was confirmed, Kyle has ALS.
Later that day in July he and Colleen drove up Farmington Canyon where he asked his bestfriend of 10 years to be his wife. "Why wait, life is short." he said in joking fashion through the happy tears...and of course she said YES!
Suddenly the realization of mortality was real, life IS short, but they were going to do all they could to make whatever time they had count.
Kyle has always cared for and supported Colleen and her 4 kids with all of his love and effort. Kyle also has an amazing son who is 19 and attends the University of Utah on a full ride scholarship. As expected and justifiably so he swells with pride if you ask him about his son.
Kyles humor and his approach to life is a gift few are given. His talents lie in many things but there is not a man who has worked harder than Kyle and there is not a man who loves bigger than Kyle; he is a true Ironman in every way.
Kyle will complete his world championship race September 18th, 2021 in St. George Utah with his beloved wife, friends and family at his side.
ALS Can Affect Anyone, Anywhere, at Any Age