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

5Jun/116

Happy Skativersary to me!

Mmm, cupcake.

A year ago today, I strapped on skates for the first time in over a decade and teetered my way across a playground in a beginner skating class. Today, I am getting my picture taken so that it can go in the program of the first bout in which I will participate as an on-skates ref. So much has happened in between!

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.

31Jan/100

Knock knock! Who’s there?

Wannabe.

Wannabe who?

Wannabe a freakin' rollergirl.

No, seriously. I've been a huge fan of the roller derby (flat track, please!) for quite some time now.  I've gone to the bouts, I've followed the drama, I've idolized the players. Basically, it's the only sport I like.

I have a little free time in my life now that I'm not a student anymore, so I figured it's time to stop idolizing and start skating!

I'm a complete non-athlete, and I haven't been on skates since I was a kid. But you know what, the people who started the DIY Roller Derby revolution weren't born with skates on their feet, so if they could do it, I can fucking do it! So I've started this blog to commemorate the process and keep me accountable.

I have a little less than a year until tryouts, so I guess I'd better get on it!