Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Non-Denominational Winter Celebration...

So it's been a little while since I posted. December has been a whirlwind of obscenely busy days at work, and crazy busy nights and weekends.
The first session with the Red Rockettes (my new league/home <3) ended with a nice practice. I was able to try a little light hitting and work those weaves. I think I will be loosening my trucks a little more to see if I can gain more agility, but I really just need to work on that muscle memory to get my feet and knees working together.
I want to wish all my bloggy friends (belated) Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Yule, Happy Christmas, and/or Kwanzaa. I have a rant about these holidays, but I will keep it to myself. I will just say one thing...THERE IS NO WAR ON CHRISTMAS! Get over it fundamentals, non-Christians are not trying to take away your holiday or ruin it for you.
There. Mini-rant over.

Next session with my lovely derby friends starts on January 6. I hope I can actually still skate when we get going, I have been nursing a bizarre knee injury for three weeks now. I don't even know what I did, but it grinds like gravel every time I bend my knee, so I've been offskates since last practice. Any of my local friends/family is welcome to come skate with us, all skating levels are welcome and it's not super expensive.
Love to you all, I have much Christmas Eve business to attend to, Santa plans for a pretty good Morning for my girls, but I better get his cookies ready!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gleeful skating has returned!

No, I don't watch TV while I skate. After all the drama that has been happening in the derby world here in good old Salt Lake City, I finally got a chance to skate seriously. Not just "go to the rink and hope you're doing it right," but skate on the track with other ladies and play roller derby.
Through a friend, I gained an invitation to skate for an evening with our local recreational league the Red Rockettes. It was the most fun I have had in a very long time. The girls were welcoming and helpful. I did pace lines, scissors, and one legged glides (well, I TRIED one legged glides). I was allowed to actually skate in a scrimmage! Nobody hit me, as I am not nearly stable enough to take a hit just yet. I almost managed to keep up with the pack. I was able to receive a whip from one of the ladies who has been skating for years. I had so much fun, my faith in the sport has been renewed. I remember why I wanted to do this in the first place. I have made the decision that I will not be trying out for any of the competitive leagues for at least a full season, I am going to skate with the recreational league where there is less pressure to learn fast and more help to learn it right. It does help that this will be less of a time commitment and less expensive than skating in a competitive league. It does help that these people went out of their way to treat my friend nicely after she was thrown out of SCDG with no explanation. It does help that the warehouse they skate in is about six minutes from my house.
I'm back baby! I am still in love with the sport and actually get to play the freaking game! I will figure out what my next step is at the end of the season. I want to see how all the SCDG drama plays out, how WRD handles it, and if it is at all feasible for me to go to Ogden (the next closest league) three to four times a week.
All I know is that I love derby and I will play the game. Screw anyone who tries to stop me! Muahahahaha!