Wednesday, May 26, 2010
One way I try to improve my physical condition for roller derby (and generally maintain a healthy lifestyle) is by running. I haven't always been interested in running, and only recently have I been able to run even a mile without stopping to walk. I'm writing about running because I am in the middle a three 5K-race-palooza that somehow I got myself into.
Thursday, May 20 I ran in the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge with my coworkers. This was actually a 5K+ race - 3.5 miles total. My time for that race was 40 minutes and 2 seconds. Not too great, but pretty much on pace with what I expecting to run. 11:47 min/mile; about 5mph. I headed right to practice after this race and skated my tail off for two hours -- I felt awesome! Must've been a post race high. Of course, as soon as I got home I slept like a baby.
On Sunday May 23, I ran the inaugural SPAC 5K Rock & Run with my friends Jen, Brendan, and Susan. My friend Jen has a good recap of this race. (By the way, her whole blog is awesome, especially if you like health food and running.) I'm happy to report that I beat my personal 5K record that morning, crossing the finish line at exactly 33 minutes (previous record: 35:34 - Turkey Troy, November 2009 - my first 5K!). My average mile was 10 min 38 seconds. Nice! I came in 567th out of 776 runners.
Lastly, I'll be running the Freihofer's Run for Women on Saturday, June 5. Like roller derby, this is a celebration of female athletes. As I skate and run over the next few weeks, I intend to think about what that means to me. Does it mean anything? Ain't I a woman? Well, yeah, but... so what? I'll be thinking about it...
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I'm working on a recap of the bout from this weekend. If you're itching to hear the details sooner than later, stop by Badass Burrito tonight in Troy. The Hellions will be guest bartending and regaling tales of our bout against the Utica Roller Girls.
That's me on the right with the white helmet. Look at that
solid three person wall!
I will say that I had a GREAT time on Saturday. My first bouting experience was everything I hoped for. More to come!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Since my first bout is a few days away, I wanted to look back at my time as a new skater. For the first three months with the Hellions, you are considered "fresh meat".
New recruits will often show up with a derby name in mind (more than once, I've heard people say the name they want is Punky Bruiser.) However, you need to earn your derby name! That's why it's Hellion tradition to give our freshies an endearing nickname in the meanwhile... with the requirement that it has to do with "meat" (vegetarians need not worry, we'll call you something like Tofutti or Chik'N instead!). My fresh meat name: Turducken! I thought this was the dandiest nickname. But of course, nothing is perfect and Flexi Wheeler threw her head back in laughter when she found out my name. "Turducken, huh? Welll, sorry to say, but I am going to have to call you TURD!" I should've seen that one coming.
So here I am, back in September 2009.
|This picture was taken on the first day I got my skates. (My set up is Riedell 122 boots with Atom Queen B wheels for any EQ nerds out there.)|
As I said in my first post, I didn't have much skating experience before joining roller derby (so don't try using that as an excuse when someone tries to recruit you!) Back in September, we did not have the excellent fresh meat training program we have today, but I was taught my skills none-the-less.
Weeks passed and coaching began to integrate me in with the experienced players. For some reason, when I bought the rest of my gear, I forgot to buy a mouthguard. Of course when the refs saw that that I was skating without one, I was forbidden to participate in any contact (hitting drills) until I rectified the situation. This may or may not have had an influence in how long I ended up waiting to buy a mouth guard... but my fear of getting hit was something I had to get over. Plus, I was told that for the first few times, people would take it easy on me.
I remember the first time someone didn't take it easy on me, though. It had been a few weeks since I had been fully integrated in with the other skaters. I had a mouth guard. I had a few done a few hitting and whipping drills with the team. I should mention that during this time, the winter, we were in our off season, so practices were focused less on scrimmaging and more on basic skills derby. Anyway, we were doing a drill where we all skate around the track in a straight line, and the person in the back has to take a whip from each person in front of her. A whip is when one skater holds out their arm and the person coming up from behind grabs it and the first player flings her forward in order to give her a boost of speed. I was halfway up the line, most teammates just giving me pretty mild whips. Then I got to Julietta Vendetta. We were coming up on a turn as she held out her arm and I grabbed it. Long story short, I was sent flying. Obviously V didn't give me the whip with malice, but when I learned the importance of balance in roller derby ... also, from that point on I knew I could no longer expect everyone to take it easy on me.
Were you at the Market on Saturday? Did you see and talk to the Hellions?
|Hellions at the Market: Sonic Euthanizer, Asa Diamonds, Reading Rambo, Leela Pot Pie, and Pork Slap.|