Two weeks ago, I went to my first in person derby bout. While some of the rules are still a little lost on me, it was so exciting to watch. The women looked so strong and badass! I have miles to go before I’ll be in the running to be on a team, but I can’t wait for the day that I feel as strong and badass as they look.
Since I last wrote, I’ve had a few more Derby 101 classes. We’ve practiced stuff that I never dreamed of doing on skates before.
First- running on toe stops. What the what?! I’d seen our coaches do this during practices and in the few derby bouts I’d seen. It looked so cool. I didn’t think I’d be trying it so soon. Yet, there we were, tip toeing around on our toe stops, eventually trying to run a couple steps. I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’ve got a good start.
Second- hopping on skates. Our coaches set up lines of cones (both short and medium sized) and we practice one and two foot hopping over them while skating. It was one of the scariest things I’ve attempted while skating! I fell a few times, but I was able to hop over some of the cone lines on both one and two skates a couple times. With some more practice, I’ll conquer this fear and get a lot better at it.
I did miss a practice where they introduced backwards skating. At our last practice, we worked on it some more, so I was able to try it. It is so hard! Time to work on my leg muscles a bit more!
In the mean time, I’ll be trying to get extra skate time in at any rink I can find!