The Test of Metal is more than a race to me – it is a personal inspiration on so many levels.
It gets me motivated on Jan 1st as soon as my registration goes through. I know I have 6 months to get my ass in shape. This means that instead of building up my strength during the summer riding season in Calgary, I am ready to go long before most of my riding buddies are. Nothing like outclimbing them all on the first big ride of the year.
I know that I get to see my kids in Vancouver on Father’s day. They live with their mother most of the time and I see them every 2-3 months. Despite what happens, I will be there on June 14th to see them.
I know that since I moved to Calgary from Vancouver in 2006, I will also have the chance to go back to the place where I learned how to ride. I realize just how far I have come and just how much I enjoy this sport.
Finally, all this keeps the 44+ year old dad young. I plan on doing this race every year and being faster each time. If someone 60+ can do it in about 3.5 hours, there is no reason why I can’t do the same.