Member of the Band — Gorilla John Gorman
Much like a pod of whales or a pack of wolves, did you know that a group of gorillas is called a band? In this blog series, we’re going to introduce you to members of our band — engineers, technical recruiters, PMs, designers, and more who make up the most important asset in Gorilla Logic…our talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today!
John Gorman is one of Gorilla Logic’s talented Software Architects. He recently completed the Cycling 10k Time Trial, Cycling 5K Time Trial, and Triathlon at the 30th Annual National Senior Games! John suggests that anyone 50 or older check out their local and state games. There are lots of sports and all ages and abilities are welcome. The games provide a great vehicle to stay in shape or get back into shape. It’s never too late to start!
Where’s your hometown? — I grew up in Munster, Indiana. At the time, it was on the border between the Chicago metro area and farms. Now, I live on a small farm in South Dakota.
Favorite place you’ve traveled to for an athletic event? — My favorite place for a race is Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, Utah. I’ve done three triathlons there. The pink rocks, lake, and hills provide a spectacular setting.
What is your favorite sport? — Triathlon. I am mostly an endurance athlete and I like the challenge of putting all three legs into one race. I also feel better when I am training for all three sports. I am less likely to burn out or get injured. I also feel that I have more balanced conditioning with all three sports. Have you seen the t-shirt that says “Triathlon, Why Suck At One Sport When You Can Suck At Three”?
How many years have you been cycling? — I cycled recreationally since I was a teen, but I did not get competitive until I decided to do triathlons. My first era of triathlons was 1986 to 1988, before standard distances, wetsuits, or aero bars. After a long gap, I started to cycle recreationally again in 2008 after I moved to Colorado. I caught the triathlon bug again in 2015 and started to train competitively again. My first actual bike race was in 2016. I did my first time trial at the South Dakota Senior Games and my first road race at the Nevada Senior Games. I plan to do more bike races at state Senior Games going forward.
How many years have you been training for competitive athletic events? — Well, there’s last century and this century with a big gap in between. I did triathlons from 1986 to 1988 along with 10Ks and half-marathons. Then there were the non-athletic years. I resumed training in 2011 after buying the farm in South Dakota, because I had to get back into shape to work on the farm. I started back with running, including stair climb races, and worked my way back up to half-marathons. I added swimming in to get some upper body conditioning back, and soon after that, the triathlon bug bit again. I started back into triathlons in 2015.
How do you spend your free time? — Working on my farm. I like to grow vegetables and my retirement project will be to sell vegetables at farmers markets. My farm is over 100 years old, so there is always plenty of maintenance work to do. With an old farm, that means being a painter, carpenter, electrician, plumber, tractor mechanic, etc.
If you could travel back in time to any period in history, when would it be? — The late 1800s in the Upper Midwest to operate a farm with horses and horse-drawn implements.
What is your guilty pleasure TV show? — Would you believe that I do not own a TV?
Where do you go to relax and recharge? — My farm. It is very peaceful and quiet.
What qualities make someone a successful athlete? — That’s a funny question. Although I have come to accept the label “senior athlete”, I still don’t consider myself to be an athlete. I’m just someone who trains, races, and has fun doing it. The biggest challenge is doing that with a full-time job. Drive and determination to make it work are key. Getting to swim practice at 5:30 AM, getting out to bike and run before the sun comes up, and then working a full day. It seems impossible, but it can be done — the payoff is at the finish line.
To read more about John Gorman and stay in touch, connect with him on LinkedIn.
For National Senior Games info and results, click here.
Originally published at Gorilla Logic.