Running after the wagon

Last week was a rough one for me (and my family!) so I kinda swan dived off the Roller Derby Workout Challenge Wagon. Well, I’m ready to get back on…. (*cough*after the Hotdog/Marshmellow BBQ I’m going to tonight 😉 )  So here’s my workout plan for week 5:

  • MONDAY: Playing Squash (subbing this in for roller derby workout video)
  • TUESDAY: Roller Derby Practice
  • WEDNESDAY: 20 Mountain Climbers  , 20 Supermans 10 pushups, 45 second plank, REPEAT 5 TIMES. Then 10 Burpees, 10 Star Jumps, 10 Pushups, REPEAT 3 TIMES
  • THURSDAY: Roller Derby Workout VIDEO
  • FRIDAY: REST
  • SATURDAY: Roller Derby Practice
  • SUNDAY: 100 burpies; 100 star jumps (This just looks funny to me… but I’ll try!)

Tomorrow night is my first practice with the League Skaters at CCDD! I’m nervous, but excited. I’ve put my new Atom Poison wheels so I’ll be posting a review of those shortly.

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2 bags of cookies, 1 fruit cake, and money for a pair of “good long johns”.

Yesterday was a fantastic mail day! My new wheels and Roller Derby Workout video arrived! Now, it’s a matter of deciding when to put the new wheels on my skates.. afterall, I’ve done all of my training so far on one set of wheels and I have min skills coming up so…. is it a good idea to switch wheels at this point??? Would it be too much work or too difficult to adjust to the new wheels in such a short period of time?  I don’t know, but if anyone does, please comment here!!

The new stuff was definitely fun, but more than that, I also had a pretty nice visit with my Grandmother yesterday. We don’t talk much, but I showed up at her house yesterday and we ended up having a pretty nice visit. This experience also taught me that if you are on a “special” diet, one of the biggest challenges you will face is encounters with a hungarian grandmother… I mean, if you have a hungarian grandmother. When I arrived at her apartment, she immediately lead me into her kitchen

Her  “are you hungry? Did you have lunch?”

Me “no I’m not hungry, I just ate a big lunch”

Her “you don’t come over here on a full stomach! I will feed you!”

Me “I should have thought first! But really, I am very full up”

Her “well, have a cookie”

Me “Oh, I couldn’t”

Her ***** BIG OLD GRANDMA EYES ***** Imagine like an elderly version of puss n’ boots from Shrek.

Me “Actually I would love a cookie!”

To which she responds by not giving me one cookie, but a PLATE of cookies. She also told me I should have told her I was coming (I never do, it’s how I work..) so she could have baked for me. So we sat down, and I nibbled on a cookie (only ended up eating about half so I was told I’m “TOO SKINNY”. Then Grandma went back to the kitchen and emerged with her own lunch, a huge plate of baked cabage rolls and rice. and TWO forks. Oh my God. It smelled really good. She brough the plate right up to MY FACE and said, “try some try some”. So I took a little bite (at least it was healthy!), and she reminded me not to eat before coming next time. This diet is hard, I still have to learn how to say no. I think I’m reluctant to tell people about my “special” diet because I don’t want to come off sounding like “one of those” grass drinking, smoothie making, tofu loving…. LIARS!

Now I’m not sure if this is a “Hungarian” thing or not, but when I go to visit my Grandmother she insists on emptying the contents of her cupboard and freezer into a bag and forcing me to bring them home. The time before last, I came home with a WHOLE CHICKEN! This time I was prepared. I have to bus a whole hour and a half to get back home from her house so thankfully this time I had a backpack to stuff the pantry in rather than bringing everything home in grocery bags. I ended up leaving with a month’s supply of home baked muffins, store bought short bread cookies, homemade cookies, and a fruit cake! Because of course I can’t say no to Grandma.

As per usual, we talked a lot about politics while I was there (which is always fun with Grandma; she’s quick as a whip and has a history book for a brain), but eventually the conversation (also as per usual) shifted to the weather.

Her: “What do you have under those pants?”

Me: *laughing*  “Um… legs?”

Her: *indignant*  “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? Why you don’t have Long Johns under there?!”

Me: “I don’t know, I never wear them!”

Her: “You don’t have a good pair of Long Johns?”

Me: “No, I’d boil to death at my office if I did wear them!”

Her: “I’m going to give you forty dollars. You go buy a good pair of Long Johns”

Me: “Oh no grandma, it’s okay, really I’m fine”

Her: “No, you buy a good pair of Long Johns. You can get them everywhere”.

So I took the money and you know what? I went and bought myself a pair of Long Johns. How could I not? Remember, BIG OLD GRANDMA EYES!!!! I went and picked up the funniest old lady looking pair I could find, ones that would make her really proud, but they still only cost like $8!!! So I also bought a pair of tights for derby (of which she knows not), which I think could SERVE as long johns.  Anyways, I’m not a saint. And then I guess the rest of the money will be spent on food since I’m “TOO SKINNY” (I’m actually not).

So there you have it 🙂 I have derby practice tonight so wish me luck.

The Last Fresh Meat Session

So before I jump into last night’s session, I should probably mention that I have stopped running in the couch to 5k program. Running on pavement was destroying my knees and since I only started running to help my endurance for roller derby in the first place, it seems completely counterproductive to engage in an activity that is making it hard for me to endure roller derby. The doctor said something akin to “your kneecaps are too wiggly, stop running and go to physio” and I think since my new love is on the line I will listen (for once). That said, my endurance is getting better just from going to roller derby, and I think maybe I might start using the eliptical machine at school to see if that is easier on my knees.

Okay, so enough of that… what you really want to know is how the last fresh meat session went.

Well first of all, my butt is really sore today. But thankfully, this time it’s not from falling on it!! I’m slowly getting steadier on my feet, and learning to fall forwards.

We started out with our usual laps, lunges and stretches. Then we went over some of the basic stops and falls from the last sessions. With my knees a little sore last night I admittedly didn’t have as much power in my stops as I had before but I managed just fine. For the falls, I skipped doing the right knee falls and just did the left and double knee falls. I’m actually very good at falling 😉

We spent a lot of  time trying to do crossovers last night. Basically this consists of lifting one leg and crossing it over the other in order to turn. It’s a bit tricky so we tried doing it in baby steps. Here’s the funny part… I find the baby steps even harder than just full out trying to do the whole thing. We first tried skating around the track just lifting one foot up… impossible. My legs think my feet are too heavy and refuse. Then since quite a few of us were apparently having a hard time with this, we tried the same thing only skating straight across the gym instead of going around the track. I actually did a bit better with this – but I had a really hard time getting my left foot of the ground. Also, my right foot will only stay off the ground for a very short period of time. Anyways, after this we got to try it on the  track… I managed to do a couple of proper cross overs but for the most part I’m still only getting my foot about half way over the other. I think this one is only a matter of time – it “feels” pretty right, just needs some practice.

So after all this skating I was pretty exhausted and then it was announced that we would be doing the pyramid drills… oh mama, save my wobbly legs!!! This time I tried to make sure that I was in a lineup of girls that seemed about the same skill level as me (last time, everyone around me was sooooo quick!!!!!) I don’t think doing laps at the end of practice really is representative of my skating overall (or at least I hope not) because by then my legs have the jiggles and would rather be walking to the bus stop. In any case, I’m not nearly as fast as I would like to be, but I’m getting much more confidant on my skates and for the moment I think that’s what really counts.

Did I mention that these sessions are two hours long??? My body already has fewer wobbly bits than it did a few weeks ago… I’m feeling pretty good 🙂

So skating in the living room for this week is going to consist mostly of trying to skate on one foot… I need to build the strength and balance to be able to do this. I’ve been doing some strength training on the wii fit for this specific purpose, but it’s nothing compared to balancing on one leg while wearing skates!

Ohh…. before I forget. This is what I came home to after my session. If you’re a roller derby husband, you’re going to want to take notes on this; this is truly what a roller girl wants to come home to after a hard session!

Steak, mashed potatos, beer and some green stuff….. sooooo good 🙂