Joe is a life-long runner residing in Schenectady, NY. He competed in collegiate cross-country at the College of Saint Rose, and today he teaches 7th grade English and is currently training for Ironman Mont Tremblant in August. Joe got into triathlon after his wife and fellow LOCO, Kelly, decided to participate in a few local events. He watched her enjoy the experience and became inspired to “tri” it! So the couple purchased bikes and a gym membership, Joe taught himself how to swim, and they never looked back!
Joe has been racing for a while, and feels very fortunate that his race times are still improving! His race highlights include:
Marathon – 2:57:01 (Boston Marathon 2014)
140.6 PR- 10:58 (Ironman Lake Placid 2014)
70.3 PR – 4:38 (Ironman Mont Tremblant 70.3 2014)
Ironman 70.3 World Championships – 4:45 (Mont Tremblant 2014)
Why he is LOCO: My hope is that I can do for someone else, what my wife did for me. I’d like to inspire others to go do what seems impossible. Being LOCO, to me, means doing what you enjoy and helping others while doing it. Sometimes all someone needs is a little encouragement. Sometimes it is my time. Sometimes it is something else that I have that I can contribute to making a dream become a reality. Team Loco gives me a platform to help others and I love that!
More Goals in the Sport:
I would love to qualify for an Ironman World Championships. I also aim to provide a solid support system for others in this sport. That’s why I love this sport! There’s always something new to learn and the people within this sport tend to be very open to sharing… especially my teammates.
Favorite Post Race Food: My favorite post-race food used to be my favorite pre-race food… Nachos!
Favorite Song to Train to: Any song performed by Uncle Chuck. His voice is so soothing…
Words to Live by: “If it’s hurting me, it’s killing them.” Sebastian Kienle
What does Train Hard, Race Smart & Give Back Mean to You: Work hard so that race day seems easy. Execute your plan on race day. Share with others what you’ve learned during this process. We all have something that can benefit others!