This sport discovered me last June while I was at a friends birthday party. I can almost count the number of times I have skated since jr high on my fingers & I hadn't ever even heard of roller derby before.
While slowly skating around the rink with my kids at above mentioned party, a lady skated up & asked if I would be interested in roller derby. The birthday girl & I decided to give it a go.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into!
Our first practice was the following week & so I looked it up on the internet & learned a little.
After a few practices I felt like I had been run over several times.
Muscles I didn't know I had hurt. I got some amazing blisters on my feet.
I had some very colorful bruises on my body.
Yet, somehow I was totally hooked!
It felt good to make my body really move again. I love pushing myself to learn more & be able to do more.
When I was a kid I so badly wanted to learn how to skate backwards. I would watch those who could with envy. It took me about a month, but now I too can skate backwards.
I can also hold my own on those fun speed skate songs.
We are working on building a team still & I have yet to come up with a decent derby name,
so for now I am still a wanna-be derby girl.
My friend & I did watch Whip It. We were amused & slightly terrified of what we had gotten ourselves into.
I now own my own skates & lots of knee high socks.
One of the best parts is the way my brain shuts off while I'm skating.
I don't worry about anything. I can't. I'm too busy trying to stay upright.
Especially since falling only adds pain to more places.
It makes my head such a peaceful place to be.
I still hurt like crazy after a good practice even though it's been almost 4 months. In fact this week I learned you haven't really worked your core until you have worked it with skates on your feet.
Just try doing leg lifts with those heavy bad boys on!
I still have some impressive blisters & will continue to have bruises.
My hubby is starting to see changes in my body. Just a little slimming (YEAH!!) in my hips, thighs & waist. I'm sure if I could weigh myself I could see some changes there too.
I can't wait for practice again on Tuesday!