Our custom jerseys from Owayo arrived in the nick of time!
We are super happy with the quality, although they are both a little...shall we say "snug" on us. Hopefully by the end of 900kms, we will fit into them a little better.
The image on the front with the "Love Your Brain" text is a tribute to how we were inspired to sign up for JoBerg2C in May 2016. John had been out of the hospital for just a few weeks, and he was still recovering from a traumatic brain injury which initially left him with seven bleeds and a few days without any short term memory (among other serious injuries). With the help of some excellent neuro OT support (Thanks Mel!!), he was building his short-term memory and executive cognitive functioning, but still experiencing the frustration of recovering from such an accident.
In the meantime, we were looking for something to aim for together - something we could both strive towards to keep us looking forward and focused on a goal. We signed up for JoBerg2C, and have been focused on this goal ever since. It took our focus off the accident, and in the meantime, John has demonstrated an incredible ability to recover from multiple traumas, and any reminders of the accident are within acceptable limits for him (e.g., not being able to breathe through one side of his nose, facial scars, and loss of his sense of smell).
The quote on the back is from Mike Hall. We have watched the documentary Inspired to Ride several times, and the last time was a month or two ago when we decided to pause it a few times and get the exact quote from Mike:
I have said this to myself over and over again when riding gets tough - it was helpful during the 24-hour race. When we learned of Mike's death on 31 March 2017, we were devastated, like many who followed his adventures. We had already placed the order including this quote, and we were so happy we decided to do that. It will be our little homage to a man we both respect so much, and someone who has inspired us to dream big.
We tested out the new kit on the trainers last night:
Jenn training along to her new favourite Crossfit film!
John riding with Jim on Zwift.
Just one week to the start line!!