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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

Monday:

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

Thursday:

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)

Sunday:
(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!

Dammittall

I can’t think of a better title.

Have you ever thought about what might happen if you were to plug every orifice in the human body, save for the mouth… then have the human body ingest a ton of helium? Well I hadn’t thought about it before, but when my husband came home from work yesterday it suddenly dawned on me what that might look like.

Yes, yesterday my husband suffered an “allergic reaction” (to what, we have no idea) that caused his hands, feet and face to swell beyond recognition. Being the stoic husband that he is, he refused to go to the hospital yesterday and opted to take a couple allergy pills and wait it out.  Today, when he woke up, most of the swelling had gone down but he was covered in hives, and starting to get the shakes. He finally decided that it would be okay to take him to a walk-in clinic.  He has has no known allergies, but since this is obviously some form of allergic reaction, the doctor prescribed a huge dose of anti-inflammatories, high-doses of reactine, and an epi pen in case this should happen again (incidentally, the same thing actually did happen four years ago… we still don’t know what causes this to happen, but we now have a referral to an allergist).

So, in the heat of the moment my concern was to make sure that 1) he didn’t die and 2) that he felt better. But now that the dust seems to be settling (he’s resting as I write this), of course my attention is shifting to my other love…… derby. Suffice it to say that I missed practice today. And now I’m having a panic attack.

I am cautiously optimistic that I have most of my minimal skills banked in my muscle memory. However, I am sadly still falling short of 25 laps in 5 minutes by two whole laps. Being at every practice at this point is ESSENTIAL. In fact today would have been one of the last two practices before my min skills assessment. Losing an entire practice….. wells lets just say I’m feeling pretty certain that I’m going to be repeating my skills assessment in about a month and a half from now.

Life happens, I know.. but this does stink. I really needed today’s practice.

Oh… and Roller Derby Workout Challenge Week #2 can kiss my bruised ass. Between a pukey daughter, and ear-infected son, and a blow-up husband (ha)…. I deserve a CHEAT NIGHT.

Celebrating 1000 views with 100 hits!

I’ve now been blogging for one month and 3 days at the present wordpress address, and I’m happy to announce that sometime today this little blog reached its 1000th view. Actually as of this writing this blog has been viewed 1013 times. Kinda fun.

Okay so hits… last night (maybe premature for an actual celebration), the Darkside came over so we could practice our hits. We put our skates on and hit each other in my basement…gotta say, the added stability provided by the berber carpet really let us hit with all of our (stationary) hitting potential. Felt pretty awesome 🙂 And I definitely needed to feel awesome yesterday after failing in the Roller Derby Workout Challenge on two counts. First, the Darkside brought over some homemade lemon meringue pie. It would have been insulting to both the friend and the pie not to eat it, so I had to. And I enjoyed it. Second, I learned that I can’t do a derby practice on one day, follow it with the RDW video on the second day, and then expect to be able to do a proper workout on day three. At least I know this for next week’s planning… but it meant that I did lose one workout this week. Although maybe some of that basement hitting kinda sorta makes up for it?

Also, I’ve been making it part of my natural state of living to walk upstairs doing crossovers or practice hits. When I’m feeling lazy, I just position myself so that my hip is facing towards the stairs and do little crossovers hitting every step on the way up. When I’m feeling a little more enthusiastic, I skip a step. When I think I should be practicing weight transfer/hitting more than crossovers, I again position my hip so that its facing the staircase.. then take the leg closest to the step and put it on the second step up (always skipping a step this way), to lift myself up to where that leading foot is, I put all my weight on that foot and hoist my body up. Try it… and picture tensing your quads and butt muscles.

Okay, last point of interest for this post – some upgrades to my skates. Firstly, if you find your laces looking like this, please note that it is a safety hazard and it’s possible that you might want to change them.

Being the lazy girl I am, I actually didn’t change my laces when I first noticed that this was happening. Instead I waited until I purchased new wheels in order to coordinate my colours properly. Thing is, remember how I’ve been complaining about my skates getting looser… actually I think my new fat (and unbroken) laces are going to help A LOT.

So now wheels. I’m proud to say that despite being petrified to tinker with my own skates, I single-handedly removed all of my wheels, took out the bearings, put the bearings into my new wheels and put the new wheels on my skates last night! Woohoo. So I’m going to use purple fugitive mids as pushers and blue fugitive mids for speed. Depending on the night we usually skate on either pretty dirty wood highschool flooring, or slippery as all hell elementary school flooring. So the combo may or may not work awesome for me.. but I’m definitely all for trying as many wheels as I want/need to figure out what I like. I think as a Freshie this is definitely my perogative.

Here are my new suped-up skates. Um, they’re dirty from skating around my living room 🙂

That’s it for now – Happy Friday.