Steven Peace was a healthy U.S. Navy officer and a bicyclist, riding 200 miles a week. However, on October 16, 2006, one month before his fourth deployment to Iraq/Afghanistan, a massive stroke hit his brain and body leaving him unable to speak, use his arm or walk independently. Because he lived alone, he was unable to receive help until 14 hours later, when a shipmate came looking for him because he didn’t show up to work. Among the things he had to give up or learn a new way was the navy, which he had been in for 16 years. He was medically retired as a lieutenant commander with an honorable discharge. Physicians were unable to identify the cause of his stroke and prescribed him a cane and hard plastic brace for his leg.
To this day, his right side is still paralyzed and walking remains difficult. But with his determination and tenacity, he launched a second career in triathlons and cycling. Over two years, he has raced in 12 triathlons, participating in the Oceanside 70.3 Half-Ironman three times. In cycling, he has participated in Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Rides (15), Ride 2 Recovery Challenges (3), Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Million Dollar Challenge (620 miles in 7 days) (4), won the Para-Cycling U.S. Nationals (4) and competed in world cups (15) and world championships (5) around the world. Steven says the highlight of his career is the 2012 Paralympic Games in London where he placed 5th and 7th.
Steven’s newest interest and career is triking. When not racing or riding, he can be found with the grassroots of his coaching business, Peace Cycling Performance, as a USAC Level 2 Coach. He has the only trike-focused coaching business in the states. Before his stroke, he never thought of competing at this level. Now? Just put it in front of him, and he’ll do it.