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Industry Folks - Arthur “Art” Hutchinson, Jeff Eubank Roofing Co. Inc

image Arthur “Art” Hutchinson, Commercial Roofing Sales, Jeff Eubank Roofing Co. Inc

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Arthur “Art” Hutchinson, 49, wasn’t always the lean running machine people see today, although he was al-ways sports-oriented. He swam competi-tively at age 14 and then swam and ran throughout college but he admits he physically “lost his way” in adulthood.





    That all changed three years ago. Out of shape from living a sedentary life style, Hutchinson rediscovered his love of running. He didn’t have to look far for inspiration to tie on his running shoes: His 74-year-old dad runs 9-minute miles.
    “As my two kids got older, I needed something to do, so like most sane people I said, ‘Hey, let’s train 25 hours a week and get up at 3:45 to train for a 70.3 or 140-mile event that’s months away,’” Hutchinson says. “I had always wanted to do a triathlon since I was in high school. I wanted to prove to myself I could do it. I’m just a hyper-competitive person.”
    That “hyper competitive” quality is why he works in commercial sales for Jeff Eubank Roofing Co.  Inc. What drives him in running drives him in his work.
    “Effort in leads to effort out. No effort, no results. Want a raise? Sell some-thing,” Hutchinson says.
    As for running, he started small. Focusing on building his core strength and running 5k and 10k races, he lost 48 lbs. Two years later, he began swimming again and purchased his first road bike.
    “[I was] clueless about biking,” he says. “I enlisted the help of friends who rode and joined a local club of riders to learn the ins and outs of the bike. To my surprise, I enjoyed it immensely and was pretty decent at it. Still not a fan of the spandex outfits to be honest, but supposedly they’re aerodynamic.”
    Even working full-time, Hutchinson trains six days a week. He alternates between swimming 2400 meters or more, running varying distances and intensities or biking followed by running.
    “The key is regulating and monitoring your heart rate,” he says. “Spike too high and you’re likely toast. Maintain a good pace with your heart rate in the green and you’re okay.”
    While he says training at this pace has enormous physical benefits, includ-ing eating whatever he wants without weight gain (“Seriously, it’s the best,” he says) the mental impact has been equally beneficial.
    “Training for a triathlon has had the ancillary benefit of making me focus on the moment – every moment,” he says. “There’s a sense of peace, too, that comes over me knowing that I have met the day’s physical challenge and a confidence knowing if I put in the work, I can improve. My days are structured. I have a greater sense of purpose. I enjoy the process or the journey, not the destination.”
    It affects his work life, too.
    “I have more energy, greater focus, and I’m generally in a better mood even when things go wrong. Triathlon training instills a mindset of ‘no obstacle is greater than my will to overcome it.’”
    Hutchinson is currently conducting a fundraiser for the Waco Half Ironman. His goal is to do well enough to qualify for the Kona (the Ironman race seen on TV) but he says he has more miles to go. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net