Keeping Up With a Fast Kid

I met Joe Urbanowicz and his dad, Paul a couple years ago as Joe was preparing to race XTERRA Oak Mountain. He touted it as being the biggest race he’d ever accomplished. At the time, he was 14.


Not too long ago, Joe and Paul decided that it might be a good idea for him to come up and spend the weekend training. We still weren’t sure what we’d be doing, but he came prepared for whatever. He arrived Friday night with a van packed full of all sorts of gear.

Wetsuit? Check.
Mountain bike? Check.
Running shoes? Check.

Over pizza that night, I asked, “What do you want to do tomorrow?”

Joe shrugs chewing a mouth full of pizza. 

“How about a 20-25 mile run in the mountains with about 5000 feet of climbing?”, I ask.

“Sure,” Joe replied.

Here was the result: