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“Back to school, back to school, to prove to my Dad I’m not a fool.” – This was a quote from the Billy Madison so I figured a good way to start the FLOOD since today is day one of the new school year. Are the kid’s excited about school? I was also stoked until High School. Once I got older “fitting in” was always harder because I switched schools 4 out of my 5 years in High School. Plus, I was a moto junkie and liked being alone with my dirt bike. Sports always helped me get into the groups or make friends. I was always good in gym class and wasn’t afraid to try out for a team so that helped meet new friends. If you’re shy, gas that nonsense. Be open to all and enjoy these times with new and old friends. It fly’s by and the memories fade as you grow. Don’t miss out!
So, I’m getting hitched here soon to the mother of my two kids and the girl that pisses me off more than anything in this world but I still love her to death so I guess that means she’s a keeper. Life has certainly changed for me since starting my own business with GuaranteedMX on May 31st, 2013 and then again with AMO Jan 2014. All have created funds that pay my bills, put food in the mouths of the boys, and keeps somewhat of a smile on the misses from time to time. We’ve been pretty much married since our first son Jake was born and even had the BIG wedding planned but cost just got o high for us to have the BIG day. We then had our son Ryley and here we are looking to do a two ceremony with little amounts of family and cost. To me, I could care less either way. This day does nothing in the way of change for me in my life. My goals have changed a little now with every dime or work load I take on is for my kids to get a head. Let me share that shit isn’t cheap and I’m not even talking moto. I just signed the boys up for Soccer (which will most likely be a waste but you have to see if the kids like stuff) and I was in awe of what they charge. I’m also wondering what in the hell they do with my kids as I can’t entertain them for more than 5 minutes. Is it a waste, maybe, but it needs to be done so my kids have opportunities to figure out what they are who they are. Just like the marriage. Is it necessary, not one bit, but it helps us be stronger and know that the commitment is there.
Since the Press Conference from Jetwerx three weeks ago it has been quite silent, almost nothing actually. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I am obviously deeper involved with it all and can’t share certain things but to me, this silence or lack of info seems a bit scary, but also very exciting. Something new is coming good or bad and that’s something that hasn’t happened for a long time in the sport. Being a promoter or chance taker is a tough position; especially in today’s world with opinions from everywhere. There are so many voices involved that just one can make such a difference that it makes the risk being taken even harder. It’s a small world we live in and too many votes hurt more than helps in my opinion.
We in the MX Canada world have been so comfortable for so long. Maybe comfortable is the wrong word, but we have been complacent with what has been delivered in every province forever. I did a lot a teaching in 2017 and literally every racer super fast or just goes well always did so much of the same thing. Same lines, same entry speed, same body position. Now, I know how hard it is to try new things. I was that way for so long until the opportunity came knocking and I took advantage and tried to deliver moto differently than what was out there which, is super hard because reinventing the wheel is near impossible but there are ways to use what was once good, and add to it instead of change it. The world outside of our own realities is changing so fast and so different than what we knew not so long ago that it’s scary to keep up with. Being scared in my opinion is healthy. I mean, look at the old saying in Moto, “If you’re not nervous or scared, then you don’t belong out there.” I truly believe that and it doesn’t just belong in moto. This little life quote works with anything. I can truly admit I’m scared right now figuring out the next steps with AMO, MPA, MP County Line, Jetwerx, GuaranteedMX, but most importantly my family and where life takes us. I think on some level, you do your best things when you’re a little off-balance, a little scared. You’ve got to work from mystery, from wonder, from not knowing.
I’m going to wrap this up with something that really upsets me these days. Where has the emotion of winning gone? I see how stoked guys are at the top level but why are Amateur kids afraid to be excited about winning or even just hitting the podium? It’s like it’s embarrassing to show how happy you are. I saw too much of this at Madoc National and I am good on the Mic trying to get people stoked about what they just did. I had this kid at the Hucka Bucka a week earlier look like someone stole his dog. The kid couldn’t even smile about what he achieved. Like yell “Hell ya” or “raise a fist or jump and down, do something that shows your proud of what you have achieved. Look at this Insta video showing how happy Tyler Medaglia is for winning a test at the ISDE. DO NOT ever be embarrassed about being awesome. You can still be humble but for damn sakes share the emotion so we know you’re human.