The Road to Rollergirl How I Stopped Being a Roller Wannabe and Started Being a Rollergirl

15Jul/100

Lesson Learned!

Ouch! I got my first serious-seeming injury, and it was the stupidest thing. I wasn't even on skates! I was working out and I think that I hurt my leg either changing directions on the elliptical trainer or on the leg extension machine. It hurt a little when I finished last night, but now it SERIOUSLY hurts! It's weird, because it's like when I stand up my knee feels like it's going to give out.

I absolutely refuse to have hurt myself in such a stupid way. Watch me have torn my ACL on a completely idiot-proof machine!

10Jul/100

Derby Mania

I don't know what I was thinking!

This morning, I woke up early to attend an exercise class taught by one of the roller derby girls (sort of like this roller derby workout but on skates and including some derby drills). It was awesome, and even though it was cloudy, by the end, there was sweat pouring off every inch of my body. Major jelly legs at the end of it.

Then about two hours later, I attended another beginner training by the team, which focused on skating skills (stops, falls, form). A good derby stance is a pretty serious squat, and we spent most of the time moving and doing drills, so my quads and butt were so dead by the end of it that I couldn't sit down to pee. I wiped out once and crashed into a wall once (ooops, thank goodness for padding), but it turns out that I'm actually kind of quick! That was really exciting.

Then about two hours after that, I went to a bout to cheer on my favorite team - we won! The other team was pretty scrappy and managed to put a lot of points on the board in the last couple of minutes, but they really didn't stand a chance against our star jammer/team captain, who's a league MVP and a freakin' amazon. (I ran into her at the skate shop the day I bought my roller skates and was totally speechless. It was totally like Porky Pig: bdyuh-bdyuh-bdyuh!)

All in all, awesome day, but I am going to be dead tomorrow for sure. Today it sunk in that I am really serious about doing this, and the magnitude of exactly how much I have to work was a tiiiny bit overwhelming, but I'm seriously excited.

Next goal: practice with the local speed skating team. I need to work on my form and speed at the same time as I'm working on the derby skills.