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tiny practice

we had such a small practice on thursday! i wasn’t expecting that, its been forever since we’ve had less than 10 girls show up. we’re from all over though, and some parts got snow while wb did not. we made the best of it!
we did the speed line which i dont think we’ve done in about a year. man is that humbling. we were debating weather to do it with fastest in the front or fastest in the back, and we opted for front. so it went burger, mj, me, mallory, kitty, cara and sarah. boy was that humbling. mj was the only one who could stay up there with burger. by the time mj went everyone was all spread out. i was so tired out i could hardly push myself for my 2 laps.
then we did a pack speed modulation drill which was good. we did a long blocking weave. i couldn’t get the hang of it. later we practiced hitting with a partner on the track for a while, so i got to work on that with mj. i’m glad we got to practice hits, i feel like thats something thats fallen by the wayside for me at least.
then we played queen of the rink, so it was a hit intensive practice again! i had a bruise on my right arm from the scrimmage, and when i woke up friday morning, i had 2 more bruises by it, and another that actually showed around my tattoo on my left arm. if it were short sleeve tshirt weather, people would totes think i have an abusive boyfriend! and then i could tell them no, i just play roller derby x) hehe…
i am feeling really crappy today from being in a smoke filled bar last night. i’m so sensitive to it. i’m glad the scrimmage wasnt today. i’ll be fully recovered by tomoro i’m sure! it will be nice to have monday off work too in case we get back from lehigh late.

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valentines day practice

tuesday was valentines day, but i forgot to wear my red tights for the occasion. my wifey is back to carpool, and she got me a rose, candy hearts and a card that she pasted a picture of us on! ❤ that was really nice. i felt bad cuz i didnt get her a valentine :/ she's getting over an ear/throat infection so she's not skating again yet. i hope she gets all better and healthy and can make it back to skating for more than 2 practices before something else comes up this time!!
we did the hitting weave with paper plates under our arms like last practice, on thursday when i was just watching. i havent done that in forevvvver. it takes longer, because everyone feels awkward holding the plates. then we did hitting/hopping weave the same way, and boy was the left side of my lower back aching from staying down in derby stance for so long. its had a cramp in it that acts up sometimes lately, i thought it was from leaning over the tables at work to wipe them down between lunches, but i guess it could be from derby. once i made a concious effort to bend at the legs and not my back, the pain let up a little though actually.
then we did 4 minutes of hell, 2 mins each way. we held the plates and i think that threw me off a little, i felt like i was pumping my arms more than i normally would… or maybe it was just more obvious because there were paper plates at the end of them. either way, i really pushed it and felt good about my speed. as in the past, i was able to keep up my left crossovers in the opposite direction mostly, actually better than last time we did the ___ minutes of hell. i wonder how many minutes we'll work up to in the future…
the rest of the night was dedicated to hitting drills. with the pads, and a timing drill with the cones. i used to love those practices, but this time was just boring and tedious. i wanted some action i guess lol. my arms have bruises on them today from the shoulder checks.
the radicals have some exciting events coming up – next tuesday we're hosting a shenita stretcher bootcamp! its 8 – 11pm, so basically the same time as our normal practice plus an hour, plus registration time. i wonder how many derby girls are gonna come? i'm sure glad i didnt shell out the money to travel to go to one of her bootcamps.
this friday some bands are playing at a bar for a fundraiser to help us get to ohio next month. (not sure if i mentioned, but i am not looking forward to that long drive…) then saturday some of our girls are going to do "shot girl" at another bar thats having a "camo ball." sunday is the lehigh scrimmage, and tuesday is the bootcamp! in the beginning of march we're holding a sock hop fundraiser, but details are still to come on that one. i can probably just wear my halloween costume, which was a carhop outfit i wore with tall white skates!

jdb scrimmage

so sunday was our scrimmage in new jersey. we were leaving at 11:30 from skateaway, and i sent my alarm for 9am. i should have set it earlier! i always rush around, worrying i’ll forget something. i got an actual insulated lunch bag to keep my snacks cold 🙂 mark was fast asleep, and i was obsessing over making sure he got up in time to tighten my gumballs. i also chose sunday to try a new breakfast recipe from my carrots n cake book, which was a bad idea. the wheat berries took 45 minutes to cook, just for a few to put in stovetop pb banana oatmeal. it was delish, and super filling, but i should have gone with something i knew already to keep the stress factor down.
i wasn’t nervous about the scrimmage, i figured it’d be like last time, more of a joint practice, with a little mixed scrimmage thrown in at the end. last time we did partner pyramids, and my partner was crissy catastrophe i remember. i figured if we did that type of stuff at least my endurance is better than the last time i was there.
about 20 minutes into the car ride, i started to get a headache so i took some advil which booted it, so that was good. i hoped i wouldnt get a dizzy spell while skating! the car ride was fun, and we stopped at burger king. i needed something more than breakfast at that point because we’d be skating in 2 hours, but i wasnt too hungry. i just got a veggie patty with no bun. i did get hungry when we were almost to the rink, so i had a few grapes, hoping eating so soon wouldnt upset my stomach. it didnt. we geared up in a very crowded changing room and waited for jdb’s fresh meat to finish up on the rink. i recognized smack canary from the jump start the new year challenge. i got to chat with her later and introduce myself.
all we did was a little warm up, stretch, and then got right down to scrimmaging! liberty said every one of us would get to jam at least once. i was happy, because i wanted to try it outside the safety of my own team practice, but also a little nervous.
well it wasnt my best 😦 i jammed twice, and the one time i was lead jammer, and i was gonna call it off after making it through the pack once, and i was so close to being out of the pack, but got knocked out. then i couldnt make it out again. its so frustrating! my legs were really tired, and i didnt know why. we hadnt done any endurance? i was angry at myself and once again wondered why i set myself up for failure time after time, thinking i can jam.
my spirit was broken after that, and i didn’t step up to even go in very much. we won 114 to 64. which i couldnt even believe, because at the half it was something like 59 – 62. our strong points seemed to be strategy and endurance sunday, so thats cool. but yeah, it wasnt a real great day for me personally.
we stopped at friendlys on the ride home and mal, kitty, mj and melissa and i all talked about our feelings and performance issues, etc. it felt good to know i’m not alone in my frustrations.
of course now that some time has passed, i’m back to thinking if i just keep trying, i can get better at jamming. i need to be determined and confident that i’m going to break up those walls. i tend to get scared and feel like there’s no way i’m getting through so i stop trying.
i also want to work on long blocking. i did a perfect long block on someone sunday but glided right past them. so really my issue is timing, still. yeah its cool that we won the scrimmage, but it pointed out that i still have so much to work on to better myself as a player.
i’m hoping for a great practice tonight.

worn out.

last night was not a great night. i’ve still been a little sick, the sore throat has gone away but i’m just fuckin annoyed with the congestion, blowing my nose, ears blocked part. i’ve had to serve twice lately and cant hear what the kids are ordering! i dont understand why i’m not getting better. last week i took dayquil and that made me feel like a space cadet. this week mark gave me his trusty sudafed and that made me feel dizzy! i’ve taken about a million packets of emergenC….
a friend on ichange kind of gave me a reality check when she told me yesterday that our bodies are fighting a battle when we don’t feel well. so working out gives it another battle to fight. she is right, i should be resting my body. but have i? nooo, i’ve been doing my workout routines the same as always. stupid.
monday i took an hour nap cuz i just felt wiped out after work, and was thinking of taking it easy with some yoga, but wasnt sure if i could because my nose was so stuffed, the breathing wouldnt come naturally. so i put on my rdw dvd, and soon my head was pounding. so i only did about half.
then last night at practice, we started with some 30 sec sprints and skills, and i told myself to not push myself. just keep moving, but dont push it to the hilt. it was really hard to not give it my all. what is wrong with me? i never used to be like this. i loved being lazy! i stayed home from work last wednesday, but i had a long to-do list and got lots of stuff done around the house. i need to just sit and relax for once, ahhh! its hard. but after the beating i feel like my body took last night, i am determined to do just that.
after the 30 sec sprint drill, we did -what else- build a bitch. of course, on a night when my shoulder’s super sore already and i questioned weather i should do just the normal warm up stretch 15 pushups.
the first interval was 30 pushups, but i think i cheated and did just 20 or 25. luckily it alternated between pushups and crunches. again, i tried to keep a steady moderate pace, but i did kick it up a few times to see how far i could push myself.
as if that wasn’t enough, we then did leg burners, which we havent done in a long time. my thighs were burning and cramping! after that we scrimmaged. my legs were jello so i knew i’d be useless if i were to jam. burger handed me the jam cap though once, and i was right. i kept getting hit, in particular by mj. she is a really great blocker, in addition to an awesome jammer! she was on me like white on rice, and i was exhausted so i kept falling. it was pitiful. while sitting out the next jam, i dunno if it was pms but i felt like i was going to start crying! just the usual beating myself up, thinking why do i make this stupid goal over and over, when its never gonna happen for me? no matter how strong i get, i’m just not a jammer. learn to live with it, and focus on your blocking skills, sharky….
i was also in pain, i’d taken a big spill tripping over a downed big city. i thought i could step over her but i was *sorely* mistaken – i came down really hard on my left hip bone. it was on fire and turned bright red immediately. i iced it in bed.
after practice last night, i just felt like, okay i really need a day off to just let myself heal. i wanted to take another sick day, but that would be bad. i may or may not skate at practice tomorrow. i just want to make sure i’m 100% for our scrimmage with jdb this sunday. i’m beginning to wonder if i’ll ever know what 100% feels like again. it hit me that i recently ran out of the herbalife multivitamins and didnt buy them again… plus i’m not drinking the shake for breakfast every morning anymore, some days i make real breakfasts. so i’m not getting all those nutrients i was used to. maybe i should order those multivitamins again….

false alarm

well tuesday must have been a fluke, because turns out i still suck at jamming. how disappointing.
anyway, thursday i felt much better, except my ears were blocked so i kept trying to unblock them before practice, and musta done something weird because the left one started hurting, like an ear ache and headache right before carpool. i took an advil on the way, and it went away. nixher and i were super early to practice. at the league meeting, burger said she’d always be at the rink by 8:30. i don’t know exactly what time we’re allowed to step onto the rink, but hey any extra skate time is good time, so maybe i’ll start getting there earlier.
we started out with 3 minutes of hell, balls to the wall as liberty put it. a minute and a half both ways. it was good, and my left cross overs stayed pretty consistent except for at the very end. we did 2 partner weaves, and then the skating backwards weave twice through, that ones so tricky, its real hard to get started, but once you’ve got your rhythm down, its easier. definitely easier as we do it more.
then we did bouncy blockers, and i got through once. the more we do it, the more i keep my eye out for the exposed hip and just try to jostle them around to create an opening. i’m glad i’m comfortable dancing around on my toe stops.
then we scrimmaged. i jammed twice and suckked! i dont know if it was because my legs were already tired from doing the 3 minutes of hell, but i could not make it through the pack, and i was just so tired 😦 kept getting hit and falling, the usual. oh well. back to the drawing board i suppose.
i felt really beat up after this particular practice. i wore tights and a skirt and got rink rash… someone fell on me and pinned my ankle, which started bruising right away on the inside bump part… i had velcro burn all over my upper arms. i havent felt so beat up from a practice in a while! i also think i’m much more comfortable wearing like my spandex shorts to skate in than tights and a skirt. i guess by derby style is evolving, haha. i only have that one pair or danskin knee length spandex shorts mum got me from walmart. i’ll have to look for more….

winning & jamming

i’m a winner, i’m a winner! turns out i won the jump start the new year herbalife challenge! woo-hoo, 250 beans, cold hard ca$h just for me X) i was already really proud of my accomplishments and hard work, but this is the cherry on the sundae! any time my will power wavered, i thought of that prize money. money is a powerful motivator! who knew.
monday i started to feel crappy at work, kind of headachey and with a slight sore throat. i didn’t like it one bit. it’s been so long since i’ve been sick, and i just don’t want to deal with that noise. i heard that somewhere. anyway, i took some dayquil, and loaded up on emergenC tuesday hoping i’d be 100% for practice. once my second dose of dayquil wore off i actually felt better. mum stopped by with a bin of my old clothes since i dont really have any jeans that fit anymore, and she said dayquil is alcohol based. what!? i thought the only medicine that was alcohol based was nyquil.
well i was the only one out of our carpool who was going to practice, nixher and ali were both sick. i had been contemplating just going to watch if i didnt feel better. but my nose was just a little runny, and sweating it out made me feel much better! we were doing bouncy blockers and i got through once, and i just thought “i’m so glad i skated tonight, this feels great.” i forgot how sweaty bouncy blockers makes ya. i also really enjoyed that drill we do where we sprint back and forth, doing whatever stop or knee fall jen tells us at the ends. i did slam my left foot into the wall pretty hard one time and it hurt toe for a while. i was hoping it wasn’t really bad and i’d lose my toe nail, haha.
we had just enough girls to scrimmage, and since liberty was out, jen ran practice off her typed up notes and instruction. i gingerly volunteered to jam, and man did i blow myself out of the water. i probably sound like i’m totally full of myself, but i was genuinely really surprised at my performance. i think my core must be stronger (lol my mom even complimented me on it during our visit yesterday), because i found it easier to stay up when getting hit, and i felt much more agile on my skates trying to get through the pack. and i’m very pleased with my endurance – in the past i would get really winded before i’d even make it to my scoring pass, if i ever got a scoring pass! last night making it around the track didnt phase me. i jammed twice and did feel a little more spent the second time, but nowhere near as exhausted as i would have in the past.
i still got knocked out a lot, but i just focused on bouncing back up as fast as i could. i need to work on stopping as quickly as possible when i get knocked out, instead of sliding around.
i woke up with a very sore throat this morning, so i called off work. i had wanted to yesterday, but actually got called in early because my coworker called off. i hope i am feeling 100% for thursdays practice!

i’d like to start with something that made me happy the other day at the gym. i finally got a knee support, because my right knee bothers me when i run on the treadmill for too long, but i feel like i could go much farther if it weren’t for the knee pain. well i was correct in assuming this! i wore it the other day and easily ran another whole mile, with no knee pain. i felt awesome 🙂 this takes me up to 3 miles running with no stopping, so i think it’s safe to say that my endurance is back to where it was when i was considering doing a 5k. maybe i will meet that goal this year!
now, another gym related note. when is the last time anyone has heard the song fergalicious by fergie? i totally forgot it existed, until i heard it at the gym. haha…
oh and also, i was doing a workout this week that goes 10 burpees, 30 second squat hold, 10 star jumps, 30 second plank, repeat 10 times. and god, i still hate those blasted squat holds! but i didnt have trouble with the burpees, and i was thinking during them, hmmm… doing burpees makes me feel like i could do anything. kind of like a superhero, lol. i dunno. i shared this sentiment with mark and he just laughs at the name burpees. alright, squat thrusts if you will! 😛
anywho, onto practice last night. it felt good to be skating again after a league meeting tuesday, where many goals and plans for this year were laid out. inspiring & hopeful! this is going to be a kick ass year for the radicals.
when we were skating backwards, i saw this girl my hellody from dutchland and thought whoa – that reminds me of how figure skaters skate backwards really fast when theyre getting ready to do a jump thing. i used to watch figure skating with my mom when i was younger a lot. i hope someday i can skate backwards that well. my hellody has been to a few of our practices to get in some extra skate time lately. i love her name, as i love any sanrio character of course x)
we did endless jammer, where theres 2 packs on the track equidistant and the jammer has to get through both. well on my turn i couldnt get through my first one 😦 my second turn, i got through one but not the other, cuz burger was in the other. i thought again, “ugh, i dont know what makes me think i could be a jammer….” must erase negative thoughts! if i’m ever to have a hope of accomplishing what i want. i’m getting the positively derby cd in the mail next week, so we’ll see what positive self talk can do. i used to, but got away from it. silly shark legs!
we also did a drill where we sprinted to the other end of the rink, 180ed, sprinted halfway, plough stopped, and sprinted to the end and baseball slid. then we did some sort of calisthenic together before starting it all over. it was definitely tiring due to the jack knifes, and squats, but i felt fine. i even noticed that i was getting to the end first, more than once! that surprised the shit outa me, and of course made me feel proud of myself. i’m so glad my endurance is back. and somehow with eating some crappy food the past 2 weeks, i have managed to maintain my weight.
RDWC starts sunday, and my wellness coach emailed me about some concerns she had about the diet they posted. she thinks if i were to follow it, i would be coming in way below my calorie suggestion levels daily, and it doesn’t include enough protein for a very active person like myself. now mark is a skeptic of the herbalife shakes i’ve been using, and thinks she is just trying to get me to keep buying from her. but i had just put another order in when she brought up these concerns, so i dont agree with him. i mean, if you can’t trust your wellness coach, who can you trust?
but seriously, my plan with the rdwc had already changed from last years go. last year i did not cheat at all, i stuck to the meal plan precicely with no cheats, and ended up losing about 15 lbs, toning muscles, and getting to where i wanted to be endurance-wise. so of course i felt complete success from doing it and would recomend it to anyone who asked.
am i looking to lose another 15 lbs this time around? no, that would make me underweight for my height. i’m looking to tone up and get stronger. and really, everyone is different, they have different nutritional needs. so i had planned on doing my herbalife shakes for breakfast during the work week, and follow the diet – just a little looser. perhaps not giving up all sugars, just refined ones of course. i mean i have to deviate anyway since i am vegetarian now, but they mainly stress that you just follow the guidelines in making better diet choices. so i think i’ll still do that, and just focus on getting enough protein.
so there you have it! now i’ve eaten some sweets today, so i’m off to the gym for a good sweat sesh 🙂

we did real pyramids on the big track for the first time since i’ve been back to practice on thursday. i was really excited, i’ve been waiting for that to kind of gauge my endurance to see if i’m back to the level i was at at the end of the summer. my goal from the jump start the new year challenge was to get back to that point – and it seems i have met that goal 🙂 we did 2-4 and then 4-2 in opposite direction. we were in two groups, fast and faster, i was in fast. i was psyched to see that i did not get all winded and huff and puff by the ends of my laps. i felt really good!
we did some timing drills for knocking the jammer out and turning around, and i learned what long blocking is.
its just basically a hello kitty move where your goal is to slow down ur opponent, not necessarily hit her with force. kinda wrap yourself around her front to push them out. thats gonna take a little more practice for me at least! i kept hip checking.
oh and i got mum to buy me gumballs when i was back there last weekend, along with some green astro nuts, as my nuts are pretty damn old. i was so excited to have gumballs like all the cool kids haha, it seems lots of girls got them for xmas. renee said she likes them but u do have to get used to them since theyre rounded, if ur not used to rounded toe stops, which i’m not. walking on them is easy, and popping up on them was fine, but i did notice i was wobbling when i’d try my running starts during pyramids. that’s kinda skeery cuz what if i just wobbled and toppled right over and snapped my ankle! i’m sure i will get used to them though. overall i love em. mal said she ordered em too.
liberty announced the winners of elections. courtney is staying our treasurer, and burger is new skater rep. we have a league meeting tuesday, which is good cuz we need to have a year start meeting, but i wish i could get skate time in too! x)

sock derby

last nights practice was, to my dismay, mostly off-skates. i have really been wanting another endurance heavy practice to see where i’m at more. but last night started off all geared up minus skates, no sneakers.
we did a bunch of the exercises from RDW as a group, after sprinting around the track in our socks for a little bit. kinda hurt my tootsies!
by the end of the night, though they felt weird. we spent all night doing sock derby, practicing the things we’ve been working on in just our sock. liberty said if we can do it that way, and understand it, we can do it in our skates. it sure looked silly! after a while though, it didnt feel as goofy. i kept hoping we’d put our skates on though so i could get a good workout. we finally did 10 minutes to 11. boy did my feet feel fat, they were all swollen. normally that part happens after the skates have been on for a while.
by the end of the night i felt like i might be getting blisters, but today i feel fine. sock derby. who knew?

thursday’s practice wasn’t much of a workout, but thats okay. kitty broke down the things we’ve been working on and explained them a lot. i’m glad, because of course i zone out at any given moment when people are talking, so the more often i hear it the more likely i am to grasp it.
it was try out night and one girl came, and freak is back as well. so liberty was down the end with them most of the night. on the small track we did 2-4 pyramids with partner. like me and mj went together, touching the whole time, and stayed inside doing calisthenics while ginger and mal did thier laps. so sorta like partner pyramids but with an actual partner. we did them in normal and opposite directions. being on the inside doing opposite direction sucked. i felt like if i picked up my left foot i’d kick mj, so i just coasted around the corners :/
we did a sort of simon says thing, and then the 2 on 1s, and 3 on 1s where the blockers hit the jammer out and skate backwards to force her to come in behind them. the other blocker makes sure she stays in play, skating backwards within 10 feet of her, or in the 3 on 1, 2 blockers fall back together and one keeps them in play.
i kind of wanted to have an endurance practice again, but oh well. i hope on tuesday we do that backwards skating weave!
tomorrow is the final day of my jump start the new year challenge. i will do my last weigh in, take after pictures, and measurements. i wonder if i have any chance of winning? probably not. i’m sure there are a lot of people competing who had a lot more weight to lose than me, and were on the shakes so they did. i know one dude posted last week that he’d lost 15 lbs already. i’ll be lucky if i did that. my goal on ichange was 10 lbs, and i passed that a little while ago and made a new goal, 5 more lbs. we’ll see. the prize is $200 for most weight loss, and $75 for most lean muscle gained, and lord knows i could use the money!
the roller derby workout challenge starts the 29th. i will miss my granola bars and peanut butter with added sugar! i am looking forward to seeing what this year’s prizes are…