When you’re this hardcore they call you Sister

At our last practice, Darla and I realized how scared we were that we might not make our 25 in 5 at our upcoming skills assessment. Although we tried to lay down a proper track, our Tuesday night practice space falls short about 20 feet or so of putting down a regulation sized track so it was pretty inadequate. So what do you when you eat sleep and breathe derby and can’t bear the thought of failing *yourself* in the 25/5 but have nowhere adequate to practice before  the big day? Well, you shell out some big bucks and rent a space large enough for you to practice in. Thankfully, since Darla and I work a grad school schedule, we were able to take a daytime timeslot that no one else wanted. Also, even more than thankfully, more sort of awesomely, our  coach and head ref who doubles really well as a coach agreed to meet anyone there who could make it and help us give our skills one final tweak before testing.

It ended up being only Darla and I who could make it (grad school…), and the small “class” size really helped me get past any performance anxiety I’d had in the past. So, we (or rather Ender  and Rowdy) started out by measuring and taping down a regulation sized track.

Meanwhile, Darla and I got all skated up.  We wanted to know what it felt like to try 25 in 5 before a hard practice so we started with that. Darla skated a beautiful 28 laps and I managed my 25 in 5 on the first try!!! 🙂 Ridiculous amounts of hugging rightfully ensued.

Why on the first shot? Well a few factors doubtless came into play. The first is that we did it one at a time so there was no need to slow down to weave around other skaters. Second, the floor was beautiful hardwood. And third, at least for me, I was feeling just enough desperation to force myself to push as hard as I could.

After we had let the emotional dust die down, we got back to what we had gone there for and practiced everything from falling to hitting. With just a few minutes of reserved space left we decided to take the 25 in 5 one more time. At this point the previously mentioned factors become insufficient to describe what happened next.

First, Darla skated another 28 in 5!!!  No fluke there, just pure drive and talent.

Twenty eight laps!! TWICE!!!!

But guess freaking what else?! I skated TWENTY NINE laps in five minutes. Its funny you know because I was exhausted and getting wobblier after having already endured the test once and then going on to do a full practice. But the entire time I had either Ender or Rowdy right  behind me urging me on and keeping me focused. They were each in turn my own personal Jimminy Crickets. While the devil on my shoulder kept telling me it hurt too much, I was too tired, my lungs were on fire (I’m actually pretty sick at the moment), these two amazing coaches reassured me that I was doing great, my pace was on track and I was being consistent. They also challenged me to speed up when I needed to, and reminded me to take advantage of those odd moments where my muscles miraculously felt a bit of relief. Near the end, Ender reminded me to skate strong rather than fast. I managed to get into a really good rhythm…

Your vets will tell you to make the track into a circle.: move in tight around the bends and let yourself drift out wide on the straightaways. If you’re like me, maybe you’re a bit skeptical. First, you’re forcing yourself to skate *further* and second, sometimes it does feel like you’re *sliding* and that’s scary. BUT  you save yourself so much energy when you don’t try to hold the inside line! Enough to go from 25 in 5 to 29 in five in my case! My rhythm ended up consisting of swimming through the straight aways and marching around the bends. That meant two long “frog kicks” on the straight aways and about 4 or so strong crossovers around the bends. After a while my legs were  doing it themselves and my mind just kept focusing on keeping my breathing steady; always picturing sending oxygen to my legs.

I couldn’t  be prouder of the FOUR of us on the track today. And I think our coaches deserve special nods; helmets off to Ender and Rowdy; love you guys.

Ender and her Girls

Darla Rowdy and Blackarachnia


I was on top of the world when I got home…


RDWC Week #4

I’m excercise cheating for about half of this week to prepare and repair for and after my minimum skills assessment. So my schedule doesn’t exactly follow the prescribed schedule for the week. Also, I pledge to stand on one foot while waiting for every bus and elevator up until mins day. Then, after this week, I go hardcore 🙂

Monday: Roller Derby Practice
Tuesday: Roller Derby Practice
Wednesday: Today is a fun day. We want you to close the door to your room put on your favorite dance mix. Set a timer and go at it for 30 minutes. Dance, dance, dance. We aren’t talking about slow dancing either. Go wild. Get sweaty. Get crazy. 
 Thurday: Resting before mins

 Friday: Resting before mins

Saturday: Roller Derby Practice MINS SKILLS ASSESSMENT

 Sunday: Resting after Mins

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Cause kids are honest…

I’m about one day behind on my workout plan, so even though today is technically my rest day I thought I’d squeeze in the missing workout.

So my son sees me huffing and puffing through my jumping jacks and says

“Ew mom your belly button is wiggling”

I look down, and what do you know, he’s right! I guess three kids’ll do that to ya LOL 🙂

Skate Cake

I usually try not to post more than once in a day, but this is completely worthy of special mention 🙂

My dear derby friend Name in Progress celebrated her birthday last night!!! 🙂 (If you read this, Happy Birthday again!!!) The sweet girl actually brought *US* cake (in which I did not indulge… RDWC sistas unite yo!).

To add to the festivities, Darla Darkside brought in this giant slice of awesome.

Again, since Darla has already tempted me into her cheat-cakes twice in the last two weeks, I did not indulge. Too pretty to eat anyways *sigh*.

Here’s a closeup:

Taking off my training wheels: Review of Fugitive Mids Purple/Blue Combo

If I’ve learned anything from reading online wheel discussions and talking to coaches, it’s that wheel reviews are only really valid within a narrow context. First, you need to consider the type of flooring that the reviewer is skating on, and second you need to consider the weight of the reviewer. There are probably other factors to be considered (i.e. style, skill level etc…), but I’ll just preface my short review by saying that:

1) I’m skating on a dirty, slick, elementary school floor.
2) I’m about 130 lbs and 5’7.
2.5) For the sake of comparison, I’m upgrading from Flat-Outs

That said, I found the combo pretty interesting. As soon as I took to the track I noticed that the new wheels were speedier than the old ones. It took less leg effort to propel myself forwards, especially at slower speeds. The narrower profile, made me *feel* more agile, but based on my skating performance last night I think most of that was in my head 😉

Now the big test was performance on speed laps. On the speed laps, these wheels weren’t really my favourite. I felt like I sacrificed a lot of stability and control for speed. Again, consider the slippery-flooring here. Also, I had the odd feeling like I was going to fall sidewise into the center of the track…. not sure what this is all about. All in all, I think that I will like these wheels for general skating, or if I ever find myself on a grippier surface. However, for speed drills I think I might need softer wheels, at least while I’m learning to skate efficiently. Once I’ve gained more skill in this area I think I’ll enjoy the added speed.

I’m expecting new grippier wheels to arrive in about a week. You’ll be able to read my review of Atom Poison Slims then.

Workout Schedule for Week #3 of RDWC

Admittedly, having taken a few days away from my workout schedule to deal with family illnesses, I am less than motivated to start week three. I also feel this need to “Conserve” rather than build strength right now with my min skills assessment coming up in the near future. So, I’m going to push it to but not beyond my limit until after mins. That might mean giving up a workout here or there to nurse sore muscles. But after mins, I’m going hardcore.

Sunday: Taking the Day off to bring hubby to the hospital


Set your timer for 20 minutes
10 REAL pushups
10 bicycles (count them like we do in the video!)
10 squats
10 star jumps
Repeat this cycle of 10 for 20 full minutes.

Tuesday: Roller Derby Practice

Wednesday: Roller Derby Workout Video


10 burpees
10 squats
9 burpees
9 squats
8 burpees
8 squats
then 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 burpees and squats Make Sense?
You start at ten of each and go down to one of each. Time yourself with no breaks. This kills but it is really great strength training and conditioning all in one package. You should be getting stronger and stronger everyday!

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Roller Derby Practice (Since Derby Practice this Saturday is a Rules/Game practice, I’ll be doing the additional workout below)

1 minute of jumping jacks
30 seconds rest
20 pushups
30 seconds rest
Repeat 5 times (10 times if you don’t have practice)

(Doing the alternate workout to the Video because the video is starting to bore me just a bit 😉

20 squats
60 second plank
20 lunges right leg
20 lunges left leg
60 second plank
20 pushups
30 second plank
Repeat 5 times!