Recently the secret Arc Racing Center for Training and Meditation received a welcome package in the form of fit kits from our gracious and most benevolent sponsor Castelli. Although new kit day is certainly the greatest holiday during the cyclist’s calender year; fit kit day is perhaps the more solemn and majestic holiday. While New Kit Day serves as a welcome reminder that the warm Spring days of riding under budding trees is just around the corner, fit kit day represents a promise to oneself. Trying on the next years duds is a promise to eat leaner this off season. A promise to ride the early lonely, dark, cold miles. To make it to team rides when it would be easier to stay in bed. Fit Kit Day is about the promise of New Kit Day and all that needs to happen in the interim that makes New Kit Day such a glorious occasion.
Most importantly Fit Kit Day is about planning next season’s tan lines. Every cyclist knows that in addition to keeping their summer spandex tan line razor sharp said tan line must also be at the fashionably appropriate level. Too low and people will whisper that your team kit was pilfered from a 1970’s container shipment of USSR merino bibs. Too short and it is tantamount to branding yourself with a scarlet T. No one wants to be a triathlete these decisions matter. Cipo famously told his entourage that Fit Kit Day was the most important day in his off-season training regime. Fit Kit Day gives ample time to answer the important questions: gel grippers flipped up or down? How is my sock cuff to short length ratio? When the kit is unzipped on climbs will I need a necklace? Will I need two necklaces? The answers to these questions can take months to answer definitively, the EuroPRO is a fickle fiend but Fit Kit Day allows you months to plan for most eventualities. All hail Fit Kit Day.