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.

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