Climbing Mt. Everest on Roller Skates

I have past the halfway point of Derby 101 and man, do I have a lot of thoughts and feelings.

First of all, I have officially been skating for over 8 weeks now. This past weekend at practice, we began our endurance training. We worked on our 25 in 5 (25 laps in 5 minutes). I had heard of this requirement before, so I knew it was coming and I knew that it was not a simple task, but I was ready to try it.

It’s incredible that 8 weeks ago, I couldn’t skate for 5 minutes without falling. This weekend, I was able to knock out over half of the laps that were required. I also had a lot of energy left afterwards, which tells me that I didn’t try hard enough in my laps. Not that I’d be able to get all 25, but I could have done a couple more. Next time, I’ll do better.

My confidence is much higher now than it was 8 weeks ago, regarding skating. I’m getting more comfortable with speed, the falling is happening less, and I’m having a blast with some of the drills. I’m really enjoying skating.

However, I’m having a really hard time not comparing myself to the other skaters at practice.

I have a goal of making it onto a Boston home team. I definitely understand that this is not an easy undertaking. This will take a lot of work. I want it so bad. I know all of the things I need to do to make this happen and I’ve even accepted that it is *more than likely* not going to happen this cycle. I really am fine with that.

It’s so hard to stare at the mountain in front of me and not fall apart in its presence. I’m working on staying positive. I’m listening to my coaches and taking their advice. I’m trying to get on my skates more than once a week. I’m going to include weight training to my daily routines.

I’m trying to stop listening to my brain and just do the thing.

But for now, I’m going to smile and stand on my left foot to work on my balance. Everest can’t be tackled in one day. If I can make it this far in 8 weeks, where will I be in another 8 weeks?


If anyone has any off-skates advice for a newbie skater, please throw them at me.