Team Tuesday 2018: Sedona & Leah

We pride ourselves in the course we’ve built for the Rebelle Rally – something we like to call the ultimate proving ground for vehicles and designed for OEM, not race cars. The Nissan Armada is one such vehicle, and Nissan is up for the challenge with their 2018 second-generation Armada. Supporting Team Wild Grace #106, a team competing together for the second year in a row, Nissan is excited to showcase the Armada’s “authentic capability as a partner in any adventure.” And so are the two women behind Wild Grace – Sedona Blinson and Leah Heffelfinger! Please welcome them in today’s (official) Team Tuesday!

Although this is the second time Sedona is competing with Leah in the Rebelle, this is actually her third straight Rebelle, making her only one of 72 women with that title. Sedona is a preschool teacher in Sierra Vista, Arizona and counts Apache Junction in Arizona as her hometown.

Sedona’s coming back for her third year for the people, the challenge, and the experience. Even with two years under her belt, she knows this year will bring new challenges – and that’s half the fun for her. She always thought if she could just do it once, she’d be happy – but being able to go for a third year is just incredible for her.

“The Rebelle has had a surprising effect on me. I intended to walk away from doing the Rebelle just feeling accomplished but I walked away with much more. I came home a problem solver. More decisive. Less afraid to face a challenge. Most importantly I found the joy in being me again because of the confidence the Rebelle evoked.”

Leah is from Flagstaff, Arizona where she’s the Social Media Manager for Canyon Coolers. She can’t live without snacks, super hot showers, and her vacuum in her “normal life,” and on the Rebelle those items are replaced with snacks, her Big Agnes sleep system (“heaven!”) and her third teammate the Nissan Armada! And she’s stoked to be back for round two, especially with Sedona.

“Sedona works well under pressure and always remains calm. Which is great – since we are entering into the 2018 Rebelle late, we have a lot of work to do in a short period of time, and also simply for getting to checkpoints – Sedona is amazingly focused and calm.”

After competing in her first Rebelle in 2017, Leah found herself more confident in wanting to try new things – whether it’s hiking or riding her mountain bike and mentioning she’s less fearful in so many aspects post-Rebelle.

We love hearing confidence coming from Rebelle challenges, and were curious what in particular Leah found so challenging about the Rebelle?

“The most challenging part of the Rebelle to me, is driving and navigating in the dunes. This isn’t somewhere I particularly enjoy going, so I have limited experience here. It’s fun to learn something new, however, the rest of the terrain on the course is more applicable to my life, and thus more fun!”

For Nissan’s official press release on Team Wild Grace and their third teammate the Armada, click here.

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Team Tuesday: Sedona & Leah

Happy Tuesday – one of the best days of the week in our opinion! Not only is today a Team Tuesday, but today kicks off our Rebelle Team Week where we will be featuring one of our incredible new teams every day! Teams this amazing cannot be contained on Tuesdays alone. 😉

Up first on our Team Week is Sedona Blinson and Leah Heffelfinger of Team Wild Grace, #106! While the name is a bit mysterious and leaves us wanting to learn more, for those who know Sedona and Leah, it sums them up perfectly. Piloting a Nissan Frontier PRO4X in the Rebelle, this dynamic duo is up for a wild ride – with a dash of grace, of course!

Sedona Blinson inspired us all last year. A young mom, she left the kiddos at home and challenged herself behind the wheel with lifelong best bud Maria guiding the way. She has clearly caught the rally bug and sees it as more than just a competition, but also a community where women learn about their own strengths and build each other up. A highlight for her has been taking the skills she learned on the Rebelle as well as training for it, and then her and her husband taking their boys on their own adventures. While she is most looking forward to getting back out on the course and being in the grind of it all again, she is also looking to push through her fear of driving in sand again.

“What brings me back for another year is the challenge to do better, as well as to bring along a new teammate who is jumping in and challenging herself in new ways.” –Sedona Blinson

Leah Heffelfinger hails from Paso Robles, but has transplanted to Flagstaff, Arizona where she spends her time adventuring with her family, sewing, mountain biking, and working on home/house projects. Although she has a young boy on her hands, that hasn’t stopped her from taking the family on adventuring through Alaska, or for seizing the opportunity to navigate Sedona in the Nissan Frontier through this year’s Rebelle. While she’s learning the finer points of plotting, she is most looking forward to the excitement of getting that first checkpoint with her determination to get her through the rest.

“The Rebelle represents a whole slew of emotions, goals, and nerves. Planning for it alone has been a challenge – I mean, purchasing a gala dress has taken my stress to a whole new level! Not to mention learning from scratch how to plot points, use a compass, change a tire, etc. I’ve never been so excited and yet so nervous about any moment(s) in my life, other than giving birth.” –Leah Heffelfinger

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