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 🙂