Redemption Racing Newsletter Regina
Redemption Racing 2014
Well, hello again everyone! Week 4 is in the books and we are all heading back to Ontario for some rest, relaxation, and some quality time with friends, and family. After a short break we will begin the second half of our Canadian National Motocross Championship Series at Gopher Dunes near Tillsonburg, Ontario on Saturday July.12th. Every week our results on and off the track have been steadily improving. Last week we enjoyed our time spent in Lethbridge, Alberta at my aunt and uncle’s and we are thankful for their ongoing hospitality and support. It rained all week and we thought we might have to convert our transportation into a platoon boat before traveling to Regina, Saskatchewan for race weekend.
We got situated at the racetrack Thursday night due to the forecasted rainstorms, and by Friday morning they had arrived. All the teams went into flood control, and our rubber boots, and raincoats were the most useful items on board. On Saturday morning of race day the sun came out but the track was a muddy mess. All the racers had to change their mental approach due to the extreme muddy and slippery conditions in order to be successful on the track. The start was delayed by an hour, and after both moto 1’s were completed the remaining races were cancelled due to unsafe track conditions and no available emergency ambulance on site. Both our team riders Seth and Trevor competed hard and had their best finishes of the series to date.
This weekend at the riders meeting I spoke about having an attitude of gratitude. There is scientific evidence that suggests that the more thankful people are about their lives that the more happiness results. An internet study says that every person has approximately 60,000 thoughts racing through their mind on a daily basis and that over 80% are negative plus don’t forget that a portion of everyday we are fast asleep. I encouraged the racers to approach race day with a positive attitude in spite of the muddy and slippery conditions. Our two racers along with others in the field proved to finish well regardless of what they faced on the track. They maintained a positive attitude and finished strong.
In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 it encourages us as believers to take captive every thought in obedience to Christ. Negative beliefs and thoughts set us up to fail and to doubt ourselves, but Christ came to bring us truth and freedom including in our personal thoughts.
When we allow our thoughts to go unchecked a steady drip of lies can cement wrong patterns within our minds.
Developing an attitude of gratitude does not come naturally. We are not grateful people by nature. We are discontent by nature. We always want more or something to be different. Jesus said in the bible that when the devil lies ” he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of all lies.” However most of our problem isn’t the devil on our shoulder, but a deeper reality about the condition of our hearts and, mind. To blame all our wrong thinking on the devil is to ignore obvious practical considerations.
In Romans 7:23-25 (NLT) Paul writes that there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. As we read further in Romans 8:5,6 the solution is clear. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature, think about sinful things but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things of the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death, but letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
If you want to have healthy thoughts, you have to start with an attitude of gratitude. You will be far happier and enjoy life more if you develop the habit of being grateful for the people and things in your life.
Seth Rarick Pro Rider #38
This past week between Calgary and Regina we had nothing but rain, rain and more rain. We stayed at Josh’s aunt and uncle’s home in Lethbridge, Alberta and there was actually some flooding in the area. I had mentally prepared myself for a mud race but when we first got to Regina Thursday night the track was relatively dry and as long as the rain held off, race day would be perfect. Then Friday rolled in and along came the rains. It never really stopped all day and the track was just a mess. I knew Saturday would be more about survival and limiting my mistakes. I had a good feeling about it. I’ve raced my fair share of mud races living in New York, and have usually done well. I’ve always worked on technique and being smooth rather than wide open, and out of control and I believe that helps me tremendously in the mud. I got off to a great start, thanks to the tremendous motor my mechanic Chad Goodwin has built me. I thought I had the holeshot but Maffenbeier and Medaglia held it on a little longer and swept around me before the second turn. Still, 3rd was a great way to start a mud race and I just told myself to ride my own pace and not get flustered if someone passes me. I knew if I pushed too hard I’d end up on the ground and I just did not want to crash. My plan worked out pretty well as I stayed in third for about halfway and then Politelli passed me. I really just rode my own race from that point on and brought it home in fourth.
The CMRC decided to cancel the second set of motos due to the safety of the riders because there was no way an ambulance could get out of there in case of an emergency. It was the probably the worst mud race I’ve ever been in and than we had more rain after the first moto which would have made the track even worse. I was awarded fourth overall for the day and my teammate Trevor ended up 14th in the MX1 class which I believe is the best he’s done so congrats to him. I know most people will put an asterisk next to the results because it was a mud race, but I am confident that I belong in the top 5 rain or shine and I can’t wait to get to Gopher Dunes to show everyone that I’m no fluke.
I feel a little bit relieved that I was able to get a top 5 before the break and I’m counting down the days until the east coast starts. I’m way more confident and comfortable on the softer terrain and I know what to expect with most of the upcoming tracks. I’m looking forward to some time at home and I am ready to hit the training hard during this upcoming week because Gopher is no joke!
Trevor Carlson Pro Rider #427
This last week was eventful for my wife, and I as on Monday we traveled to the West Edmonton Mall to check out the fun that was to be had at this popular tourist attraction site. I am so thankful to God for the opportunity to travel across Canada with my wife Becca and to perform at the sport I love. It was clear on Saturday morning that I would have to battle hard to conquer the very slippery, clay loam mud track in Regina. I remained confident that I had a strong reliable bike that could weather the conditions that I faced.
I was very optimistic even though it starting raining hard just before the race began. I got a great start and secured 7th spot for awhile until later when I was nearing the final 3 laps of the race. The mud conditions were knocking many riders out of the race with and many did not finish. I told myself even before I started the race that I was not going to quit or give up regardless of the conditions. My front tire was so packed with mud that the wheel stopped turning and the mud packed my wheel so full that you could not see the spokes. I struggled to finish the last lap and got stuck 3 times but managed to finish the cross line in 14th. My most determined and best finish of the year so far. I am looking forward to a short rest with my friends the Jeffery’s while I continue to train and prepare for the second half of the series. Thanks to everyone especially my parents for all their support throughout my racing career and I hope to see some of you at the tracks.
Eric Jeffery Pro Rider #34
Well I am back home in Oshawa recovering from my injuries with my family and the support of my fiancée Nicole. I want to congratulate my fiancée Nicole for her successful completion of her Nursing degree and for all her tremendous support on and off the racetrack. I am eager to get back racing and I am hopeful I can race at Sand Del Lee in July, but I need to be patient and wait to be medically cleared before I return. Please keep me in your prayers for a speedy recovery. I hope to see you at one of our races in the east. Thanks to everyone for all their support especially my parents and the whole Redemption Racing team.
Team Manager Josh Snider’s Closing remarks:
This past weekend was a busy weekend due to the rain and mud. The break is much needed to clean and repair bikes in preparation for the second half. We are thankful for the good results this weekend by Seth and Trevor and are excited to improve upon them in the coming weeks.
Our ministry and race team would not be possible without the tremendous generosity and support of our growing sponsors. Our primary goal is to share Christ’s love on and off the track and to provide a compassionate ear and heart for those who are lost and hurting. The truth of Jesus never fails to provide hope during despairing times. Thanks again to all those people who provide their time, money, and prayers as we travel across this beautiful country Canada that we call home. Have a great week!
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