Why this logo? Why these colors? We spent 2 months tweaking this and it has a story to tell. The hammer is the tool of the forger, stronger than even the steel itself – the tool that gives form to the formless. It does so with force and violence – like our journey, it seeks hardship. The dual hammers represent the fact that we are in this together. The colors represent the journey – the yellow glow of the hottest forge, where weaknesses are melted away. The red hot transformation from a course shape to the sharpest sword. The dark of the cooled, hardened mettle in it’s final form – ready for battle. The sword does not go into battle until it is hardened and sharpened, and likewise, you should not show up to an event unless your training has properly prepared you!
Kirk – Founder
Mettle Forger was formed as a culmination of things that were very near and dear to our late founder, Kirk. Kirk was a tremendous lifelong athlete, a fervent patriot and he genuinely enjoyed helping others excel. A supplement to his original bio below has been prepared and includes a few things you should know about Kirk that brought his path to Mettle Forger.
Original bio- Kirk is an athlete who stopped playing organized sports and focused on his education, like a good son (you’re welcome mom!). After getting fat playing Xbox, he yearned for a physical challenge. A short time later, he started running obstacle courses and training hard. He quickly learned that overcoming obstacles wasn’t just about the physical challenge, but about testing your mettle. It wasn’t long before something that wasn’t considered “crazy” wasn’t interesting. He has since run many obstacle course races, half marathons, an ultra marathon, trail races, mountain bike races, adventure races, GORUCK events, and sprint triathlons. He is also a Krav Maga student in training. In his eternal search for a greater mettle forging, he has recently completed a GORUCK HCL and a SEALFIT 20X, and is in training for a SEALFIT Kokoro camp.
In these travels he has collected much knowledge, which he would like to share with those who are just starting their journey to forge their mettle.
As if that wasn’t enough fun, Kirk is happily married with 2 children and a full time job that requires frequent travel (and hosts www.charitychallenges.org).
I found myself on this path entirely by accident at the age of 30 when my best friend, partner and husband very suddenly and unexpectedly died. It has forever changed my life, but I have chosen to embrace the chain of events that have followed as forging my mettle and continuing, not just my story, but Kirk’s as well. I am a mom of two very active toddler boys and had an even more active husband. We would often discuss his endeavors and what he was learning along the way. While I fit in the occasional workout here and there and was very active in helping Kirk with Mettle Forger and his preparation for his events, my “mom guns”–as I liked to call them–came from how often I have to chase down or carry my two boys. They are my two “sandbags”, better than any other out there because they’re constantly squirming or trying to escape. Even before that, I hadn’t been seriously involved in athletics since high school–I had been focused on my education and career as an attorney, which I then left right before my first son was born to focus on the quality of our family life and work with Kirk to make our respective goals in life a reality. Little did I know at the time, but that decision helped lay the groundwork for me to be open to what may be and to embark on this journey now.
The plans are still here, but Kirk isn’t. And as I discussed in my initial post for Mettle Forger, I plan to L-I-V-E because I deserve it, my amazing sons deserve it and this is the legacy Kirk deserves. Getting active has been a release for me, a way for me to feel close to Kirk and it is something I will share with our kids which Kirk valued and planned on sharing with them himself. I am not a trainer or certified–I am simply on a journey to find peace, strength, courage and happiness, and become the best version of myself. As I explore my path toward that goal, I am working on meditation and yoga, running, bodyweight exercises, self-defense and training for running and endurance events, such as Spartan Sprint, GORUCK or 5K/10K. I will share my journey and lessons learned and hope to inspire anyone out there going through a tough time that we can and will come out stronger, having forged our mettle.