Archive for May, 2010

I did it.

I successfully completed my first derby season! (True, I only got to skate in 3/5 games, but still) No injuries yet, *knock knock* and I’m slowwwwwly improving every time.

It’s amazing how sick to my stomach and terrified I was yesterday, and totally convinced I didn’t want to go out there. I don’t know what it is – the crowds? The pressure? My team was last place going in and playing a team we love, so pressure was nonexistent. I guess it was because I (naturally) got picked out as the weak member of the herd and was successfully held back by 3 players of the opposing team more than once. Oh well. My family says I got up quicker than ever when knocked down! AND even resisted falling down when hit a few times! AND – gasp – successfully kept one of our league’s best jammers back for more than a few seconds!

That smells like progress.

Now I’m super excited to just go to practice and work on my skills without having to perform in front of a live audience once a month! Bring on the summer season!

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Okay, I admit I got the title for this post from an episode of Frasier (yes – I loved Frasier!). Frasier was out shopping for a replacement recliner for his father and was so dismayed at the brand name “La-Z-Boy” that he said: “I wonder what they call the deluxe model – the Hopeless Slackass??” Tee hee.

*ahem* So anyway …

Work and comic fun has disrupted my normal derby practice and exercise regime, so now I’m trying to bust back into it so I can start making real progress. Plus, a friend of mine has recently developed an interest in derby AND this friend used to work out quite a lot, so she’s been sharing some exercise advice with me. I don’t know about y’all, but one thing I desperately need help with is my core. The plank kills me, and in derby you have to depend on your core muscles a LOT (hello sprawls and falls!) but it’s one of those things where it seems like an impossible area to develop.

She passed along a couple of links:

Truthfully, I haven’t tried any yet, but I’m excited to. I’ve also discovered EA Fitness for the Wii, which is much more challenging than Wii Fit and features a lot of leg-heavy exercises that are great for building up skating muscles. I was annoyed that the exercises still seemed hard after all the derby practice (squats, then jump squats, then lunges, then jump lunges in a row??) but it can only make things easier in the long run. I’ve found that it’s only when doing some endurance drill that stretches on forever, just as I’m considering giving up, that I’ll notice I’m a wee bit stronger than I’ve been before. Oy – what a feeling. 🙂

Feel free to share your exercise regimes – I need all the help I can get!

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Club Foot

I’m getting back into derby practice hard core this week. Work and comic stuff have kept me away for TOO long. Now when I set skate on the track I feel sluggish, gawky, and way too timid. This is unacceptable.

Tonight we did endurance drills and I got winded – sure. Then my skates spoke up to remind me that I need much more padding in my skate to be comfortable. I attempted to tape up the blisters – but I have not the gift.

We did blocking-endurance-blocking and I got some great advice about taking a hit. See – normally, when I take a hit I fully accept it and fall down. Why? Because I’m scared of resisting. Well, maybe that’s not totally true – sometimes I resist. Buy when someone REALLY creams me, I just let myself be knocked into oblivion, and try to get up as quickly as I can. Because then, at least, there’s no lasting injuries.

But when one of the blockers who’s personally creamed me several times told me to resist – and I did – and DIDN’T fall down … what a great feeling. Another mystery of derby beginning to be unlocked!

(then someone kicked me in the ankle and I sat out the rest of practice, but it’s all good!)

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