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HEAT Highlights

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Get to know the Iowa Heat Board of Directors

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:07am
HEAT Highlights

Board Member: Tom Rutkowski
Board Position:Vice President
Number of years associated with the team: 3

Tom tell us about why you belong to the Heat and
what you have enjoyed most about it?

I joined after a couple years of racing on my own, when I found that I really
wanted to get some expertise and have other people to train with. Before
joining I was a bit intimidated that everyone in the group would be super-fast
and intense. And while there are definitely some very fast people, I’ve been
amazed by how friendly everyone is. I really feel more like I’m part of a
community now than when I was just training and racing on my own.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Probably getting out of the water after the 5K Swim the Bridge
race thinking I’d swum a really good time, and turning around
to see but one lonesome soul bringing up the rear behind me!

Where do your athletic interests lie…tri, trail running, the marathon,
swimming? Which would you say is your current passion and why?

I have a love-hate relationship with running. It is my best discipline by
far, but also the one most likely to injure me. Still, I feel greater kindred
with runners than with swimmers or cyclists, and I find few things as
satisfying as a good run.

Where would you go in a time machine?
Definitely the future. I’d want to know what kind of world I left for my kids,
although frankly I’m a little afraid of what that might be.

What has your most satisfying athletic accomplishment to date been?
I think it was deciding 5+ years ago to get off the couch, start exercising,
and lose some weight, and then acting on that decision.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Set aside money for my kids’ education, pay off my mortgage, give some
money away, delist my phone number…and then take a trip to the Galapagos.

What is or was your “A” race this season…or which upcoming event are you
most looking forward to and why?

My A race for the year is in the rearview mirror now—it was the Toughman
High Cliff half-iron in Sherwood, WI in June. I’d attempted my first half-iron
last fall but did not finish, not because of fitness but because of bad weather
that really threw me off. That was my first DNF, and it was so unsatisfying.
I’m happy to say that I finished the Toughman and put up a respectable time.
In both success this time, and failure the last, I learned some things about myself.

Are you a craft, homebrew…or mass produced domestic’s lover…i.e. Budweiser ect?
Wine! (that’s what living in San Francisco for 5 years will do to you)

What would you say to someone who was contemplating joining the Hawkeye
Endurance Athletic Team?

I would say there’s something in this club for everyone, fast or slow, young or old,
intense or laid back, new or seasoned.

What is you dream bucket race or ultimate
athletic goal?

Right now I have two: qualify for the Boston Marathon and complete
an Ironman. The first is now 5 minutes easier for me, having just turned 40. I’ll take
on the second once I can get some things to fall in line at work.

What is your favorite quote?
“Ah, there’s nothing more exciting than science. You get all the fun of sitting still,
being quiet, writing down numbers, paying attention…science has it all!”
—Principal Seymour Skinner