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.
Since then, Joe’s resume includes races like The Crusher (225 mile mountain bike race), TNGA (350 mile mountain bike race) and the Mount Cheaha (50K trail run). Amazing, especially for a 16 yr old. We partnered up for Swimrun Georgia last year but only made it partially through the race before it was cut short due to severe weather. Even though we didn’t get to complete the race, the short experience along with several training days on mountain bikes, running and swimming, I knew we’d make a good team for something even bigger. So, I signed us up for Rockman Swimrun.
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.
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: