The morning of the race I unzipped my Alpinestar suit from its carry bag. We were advised that the GP Pro suit was popular with gentleman racers as the fit was very flattering for men that are too busy in life to commit a few hours a day to their Bowflex's. The suit comes in a few color choices and is as high tech, safety wise, as you could hope for without wearing a flame retardant fireman's suit. Having calculated that the race would take us through many different climate changes I decided a European fitting speedo underpant (in a dark grey) would offer comfort, support and the appropriate level of warmth for the 1st stage of the race. You may smile at my selection but the wrong choice of banana bracket can have you dancing in your seat for ten hours at a time and distract you from important matters at hand. The cars five point harness means you have two over the shoulder, two around the waist and one up yur jackzey. For anyone unfamiliar with this it is my personal counsel that you wear underwear that arrests mobility and doesn't crumple up around your meat and veg causing a constant need for re-adjustment. As with having a suit fitted by a tailor you must decide on which side you "dress to". Once in the car you "maneuver" yourself in that direction and pull the 5th harness "along side" before inserting the buckle into its locking mechanism. If your fifth harness is too long, twisting it will make it shorter and a better fit. You can't afford to much slack in this region.
Luckily the days before the race had presented me with enough challenges to keep my mind off the impending risks. I have attended races in the past where men have perished in their pursuit of grandeur and it wasn't until then that any of this felt real... or intimidating for that matter. Until I suited up and put on the clean, beautiful, decorated uniform that would distinguish us as racers and not onlookers. For the first time in my life I understand the power of a uniform and I was pleased that I spent so much time getting them right. In the build up to the race it seemed a waste of time when there were far more pressing matters but suddenly the power of this suit made me 10% braver and 10% faster.
A uniform gives you a sense of mission and the beauty of a mission is focus.
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