Dressing for Success
11“Talking of fashion faux pas, if you do see a weekend warrior flying along…in full replica world Champ kit…is a huge Non Non…which goes to show what high respect the title hold[s] – you’ve got to earn the right to wear that jersey.” Nick O’Brien, Pezcyclingnews
Oh those premier days with a new kit. What a fresh proud feeling to wear the new jersey of the season for the first time. Not so much about new chammy which is often stiff and improperly contoured at first – but it’s still cool because clothes make the…cyclist. The proper set of clothes improves one’s outlook and sometimes one’s prospects for a prized place in the sweet spot of the peloton. Jerseys bring respect, inspire intimidation, and can tell your story with just a few visible facts. It’s cycling’s calling card.
The peloton is not all that opens when a prestigious jersey is present. It can make or break contracts, sponsorships, affiliations, and invitations for a lifetime. I’ll never forget what if felt like to pull the national champion jersey over my head during the award ceremony. After hard work and focus believing it could happen, it was still dreamy to be inside the Stars ‘n Stripes. Every nation’s jersey must produce this patriotic thrill to its citizen wearer.
Some team jerseys attract respect; others fear or scorn. Probably there’s some turnover happening in closets outside of ordinary spring cleaning based on recent revelations. Despite this, don’t give up on your heroes or the idea that some exist. Coveted esteemed jerseys are still worn by a few who’ve earned the right through hard work and integrity. Probably it’s good for us to put appearances into perspective. Some amateur in a plain jersey may be a hero to you for off-the-bike achievements or character or way they care for you. One of my favorite 12hosts wears an extra-large Shrek jersey and looks like the happiest grown-up kid you could ever see while cheering race side. Sometimes it’s the cyclist that makes the clothes.
“…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes…and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” 13Isaiah 61:3
Prayer for Clothing
We ask forgiveness for snobbish attitudes towards others based on outward appearances. We ask for resources for appropriate cycling kit.
Ponder Is what I’m wearing a good representation of who I am? Affirm I can change into white robes of eternal hope. Watch your spirit as well as your primping for a praiseworthy presence.
11“Worlds ’08: The Art of Winning, Italians Do It Best,” by Nick O’Brien Wednesday, February 13, 2008 www.pezcyclingnews.com
12Go Michael Foley! One of the Heroes that supports pro cycling through opening his home. Shrek the ogre from the movie Shrek produced by DreamWorks Animation, Directed by Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson 2001.
13The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society