Week 2 workout plan

I MADE IT THROUGH WEEK 1!!!!! I’ve done really well with the meal plans; my husband has taken it upon himself to cook breakfast, make luch, and do suppers using the menus provided by the Roller Derby Workout Challenge. What a derby hero; let’s all pat him on the back. Honestly, I wouldn’t have been able (or willing) to stick it through without his help. I’m a kitchen nightmare…  he manages to make sweet potato look appealing.

Okay enough of that. Here’ the workout plan for this week; I had no problems last week so I’m looking forward to conquering week two.

Sunday: 10 pushups, 30 second plank (no resting in between), REPEAT 10 TIMES!

Monday: Day off

Tuesday: Roller Derby Practice

Wednesday: Roller Derby Workout Video

10 burpees
30 second squat static hold
10 star jumps
30 second plank
Repeat 5 times
Rest for 5 minutes and grab some water
Repeat 5 more times

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Roller Derby Practice

I think I’m set.

Also had a great derby practice today. I did 23 laps in 5 minutes. I’m just TWO laps short of meeting the minimum skills requirement. My 23 felt pretty controlled and solid, which is a huge improvement over my last (hungover) 25 in 5.  Two weeks really doesn’t seem like enough time to gain another 2 laps so despite being really happy with my performance today, I’m really nervous for the BIG DAY. I’ve promised myself something huge when I do pass; so either new skates or a new tattoo…. I was really thinking skates for a while but now I’m teetering towards tattoo…. my skates are still pretty new so IF I can actually manage to pass in them, maybe I’ll hang on to them for a while longer. Hmm.. but then does that mean I should by myself new skates if I don’t pass? So tattoo if I pass, and new skates if I don’t? I think I’ve just had a moment.


Christmas Spirits

Today marks the last derby practice until January 8th. I.Am.Sad. But, since we happen to practice in schools that shut down over the holidays (thank you schools for letting us wear our skates in your gym…. you are awesome!),  unfortunately necessary.

Today was a good day for the first ever CCDD Fresh Meat pack. We all skated hard, showed off our stuff, and passed levels 2 and 3 of our skills test! Yay us. Now for the blah blah blahs….

One of the minimum skills requirements is that we be able to skate 25 laps in 5 minutes. I’m not there yet, but I can feel myself getting closer every week. This week, on paper only, I finished a bit closer to my end goal then I did last week with a whopping 22 laps. BUT, it wasn’t pretty.. it was so ugly, that I kinda felt better about my previous week’s 21 solid laps than this week’s flailing, painful, and just ugly 22 laps. Whywas it painful and ugly? There are lots of reasons…

Reason #1) Irresponsible me got a little too into the Christmas Spirits last night, and stayed up til 3am. This is not the first time I have done this and gone to derby for morning practice… I have shown up to class much worse for ware in the past. However, that’s it. I felt wobbly today, my arms were flailing in ways that they don’t usually flail and I was dehydrated before I even hit the track. I realize now that if I want to improve I’m going to have to make a commitment to get a proper sleep and stay hydrated the night before practice. Because I derby love this sport, I can do that.

Reason #2) Probably irritated by the lack of hydration, and triggered by a difficult Tuesday practice, my left quad pulled during warm up and made doing speed laps a pretty brutal experience. This lead to reason 3..

Reason #3) At about the 3.5 minute marks my left leg muscles gave out and I collapsed (safely) onto my stomach. I got up and kept skating… but by then I was in such agony… I probably should have stopped. It’s just this THING that grows inside of you when you’re in a competitive sport like this… I couldn’t stop… I had to finish. And even though I’m paying for it now.. I’m still kind of glad that I pushed through it. Now there are other injuries where this would have been just plain stupid, but I’m sure no permanent damange was done here… Ice on ice off.

Reason #4: The heel of my skates is starting to annoy the $hit out of me. It’s loose, I’m slippy, and tightening my skates to the point of loosing circulation doesn’t make for a comfy ride. That said, I refuse to blame hardware for my skating skills. I’ve seen one of my own Fresh Meat teamates ROCK and I mean ROCK the track on old-fashioned, disco dancing roller skates…. and her wheels were ridiculously tight to prevent them from FALLING OFF! Btw, this person had an amazing skate today and though I’m not sure whether or not she would be embarrassed if called out publicly… she knows who she is and she is amazing.

All in all I was disappointed with my 25 in 5 today, but mainly because Iwas physically unprepared for it and I have no one to blame for that one but myself. I felt like I learned a lot by doing my last 25/5 and was determined to have a controlled skate today.. I had techniques that I wanted to try and I was in too much pain to try them at all. It was a skate for survival today and blah blah blah.

Now good stuff.

We have a fantastic coach. Thanks Ender 🙂 I wrote a whole thing about how seriously Ender cares about her Freshies, how she keeps a positive attitude, motivates, and nurses injuries… it all came out lame. So just thanks 🙂

Also…We’re getting t-shirts!!!!!! This is exciting.

We’re registering our derby names!!!!! This is exciting.

As soon as my leg feels better I’m going to spend a lot of time skating in my living room. This is exciting… or at least entertaining 🙂

And it’s almost Christmas 🙂

A Sloth is a Slow Moving Creature

Last night was a pretty much a transit nightmare…. I missed my first bus (it was early.. for the record) and had to wait 10 minutes to get the next one. Ten minutes is relatively short in transit-land, but it meant that I would lose my connection. So, I took a different route… went by O-train (light-rail transit for those unfamiliar…). I made it to Carleton U and walked in the opposite direction from where I should be going for 20 minutes. Note to self, Carleton apparently does not make use of street signs. Okay, so I finally realized I had walked in the wrong direction and turned myself around. I made it to practice 15 minutes late… so I basically missed all of the off-skate stuff. After a 45 minute walk (that should have been 15), I was warmed up enough to start anyways.
Okay so this pretty much summarizes my night:

Yep that’s me.. the smiling sloth. I think it’s the slowest creature on earth…. but I’m pretty close behind. Seriously, we did some sticky skate drills and even after I got the motion down.. it was soooooo slow. Then we did pyramid drills (“it’s not a race.. it’s not a race”), and I fell behind by an entire lap pretty much every time. I felt really slow and shaky the entire practice. I also seemed to forget how to stop…. even thought I was doing well at this last week. Jon thinks that maybe I’m just scared to fall since I’m still not completely healed up yet…. maybe he is a bit right. I just felt really out of sorts, and was pretty discouraged with my “progress”.

Anyways… missed my bus to go home so I had to wait 26 minutes. Missed the connection so I had to wait another 13. Then it started to snow/hail. Then the 15 minute walk home. Total time spent; 2 hours.

Got home and reported that “I’m pretty sure I’m the worst one”; this was kindly responded to with chicken wings and beer.

Also, because of some scheduling conflicts we don’t have practice again until the 22nd… I’m hoping my outdoor wheels come in soon so I can try to keep my muscles from forgetting too much over the next couple of weeks.

Session 2

Last night was my second Fresh Meat session. Here are some of the highlights:

One of my husband’s methods of encouragement is to ask me whether I was the “worst one”…. well in this type of sport I find I don’t even have time to look at what others are doing because I’m so busy focusing on my own balance. Yet, after this session I can say I was probably fairly close to being … the “worst one”.

First up … warm up. I was still pretty sore in my knees from my derby/running combo so I took it as easy as possible. I did some slow laps around the gym, muscled through the lunges (those hurt), and stretched. I probably could have called it quits there and left with a sufficient workout but next it was time for the fun stuff 🙂

We started off with fairly simple stuff… practicing our stops. No problem, I can snowplow pretty easily and my t-stops are far from perfect but starting to take form and accomplishing the main goal. But then… dun dun dun…. the dreaded bracket stop. The bracket stop basically consists of skating forward then swinging one of your feet around in the opposite direction so that you turn 180 degrees and stop. For some reason my feet do not allow me to do this… they just scream out “don’t turn that way… try to and we will stick you to the floor permanently”. Thankfully, the derby girls at ORD are awesome and worked with me a lot so that I can now sometimes do it in slow motion… but it’s going to take a lot of work and a lot more falling for my feet to follow my intentions.

So next up.. falling. I’m actually pretty awesome at falling. We did our one knee falls, our 180 falls (basically the same as a one knee fall but you spin around to face the other direction), our two knee falls, and our 4 point falls. The 4 point falls were new and they were pretty fun…. you skate, drop to two knees, then get into a ball on the floor being careful to tuck in all your limbs. On the track this is really important because if you fall and let your limbs straggle all over the place you can actually get a penalty for tripping. Anyways, it was really fun.

Then came the harder stuff. Walking across the floor with skates on forwards (not so bad), backwards (ee-gads… I can’t walk backwards barefoot!), and then sideways crossing legs one over the other (mama, help!). We do this to get comfortable on our skates… we want to be able to wear skates like running shoes. So, I think I’m going to try wearing my skates at home more often.. maybe this will help.

Next up, sticky skate. I had watched some you tube videos on how to do this but really it’s something you need to “feel” to learn. Sticky skate is where you skate keeping all 8 wheels on the floor. It’s important in pack skating so that you don’t trip someone or get caught on someone. I was pretty good at doing the in-out butterfly style sticky skate, after learning that it’s all about pushing with your knees and thighs. However, I really sucked at the slalom (sp?), feet together, type sticky skate… I just haven’t got the feel down right yet.

Okay… so after sticky skating for a we did some “skate/squat” drills. You skate and then when you hear “squat” you squat down as low as you can go and you stay that way until the last girl has stopped moving. Yeah that was hard. But my thighs and butt will thank me eventually.

After this, we lined up into “heats”, and in groups we had to skate around the track as fast as possible. The first time, we skated around the track once, then twice, then three times, then twice again, then once again. This is where I learned that I sucked. My pack darted off wayyyy in front of me everytime and I was left in the proverbial dust. Again, the ORD girls are awesome and cheered me on. Clearly however, I am having some balance issues that are causing me to take shorter strides than I should be and consequentially slowing me way down. I really need to work on this a lot. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get some outdoor wheels really soon and start skating outside on my “free time” (funny eh?). 

I really want to be good at this.