Second roller derby training last night…intense sums it it! It was serious.
Respect the sport
Began with one of the guys, training to ref, taking a hard fall and breaking his ankle in 2 places (he’s ok – morphine is a wonderful thing!)…that kinda set the tone for the evening. Respect skating, don’t get cocky, listen to the trainers.
After the (amazing) first aiders got him sorted & packed into an ambulance, training continued. I was pretty damn wobbly (slight understatement!), and shaky after just seeing that. One of the vets was telling me she used to get called Bambi, and seeing the way she skates now was pretty hard to believe – but I’m going to use that as inspiration! If Bambi can now speed now the track doing all sorts of backwards crossovers…then I sure as hell can train my feet to move in the same direction for at least a lap!
Stop stop stooooooop
Plow stops I can do (achievement! :D). T stops sadly are my nemisis. Firstly on plows; did this awesome wee exercise to practice really clenching thighs and digging in to come to a standstill while maintaining balance – have someone try to push you while your plowing! Sounds sensible & simple enough in practice…alas no, I spend 5 minutes on the floor in absolute fits of laugher. I paired up with a guy, nice chap – introduced myself briefly before getting into postion on the track…guy stood behind me…I got into derby stance…he squatted behind…grabbed my hips and starting pushing…I plowed to resist him (properly sticking my arse out in DERBY STANCE)…guy very nicely gave out lots of encouragement “That’s it!” “Right there” “Bend over further” “You’re so good at this” etc etc…I. could. not. take. this. seriously. Proper fit of the giggles, which then started him off once he realised the massive sexual innuendo that had just occurred. All part of the joy of derby 🙂 Very close contact with humans you’ve just met, I totally love it! What better way to make friends!
T stops on the other hand…urgggg! Why?!?!? I skate on Poison wheels, which are pretty sticky on our hall floor. Im blaming them for my horrific attempts at T stops, my back foot was like someone elses limb…I can assure you I was not the one controlling it!! Flapping about all over the place like a fish out of water – definitely a work in progress this one!
Getting the hang of crossovers, slowly but surely, I think maintaining the ‘squatting on a festival toilet’ pose at all times, although painful, really does help keep steady on the corners, low low centre of gravity! DERBY STANCE!
Think the above sums up my day at work today. I was waddling. Not even exaggerating….waddling!! Can’t wait for these Thighs Of Steel to happen….any time now would be great!
All in all I’m pretty proud of myself – am on Day 10 of a super cold and managed to survive 2 hours of exercise!
Bring it all on again next week 😀 (but not my cold…it can go away)