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!


  1. Im so glad you are getting to finally play the game. That's what it's all about. Screw those other girls. Their hearts aren't in the game anymore, they don't deserve you. I bet once it all pans out, you will have the skills you need to take it to the next level and join a league full of awesome girls. Heart your face!

  2. The more I learn about what was happening @ SCDG the happier I am that I didn't make it. I love, love, love the leaders of the Rockettes, and I can learn at my own pace. No pressure, no drama! So excited!

  3. This is wonderful news! I'm so happy for you!

    At the end of the day you have to be happy, and if people or circumstances/drama is taking away that happy you need to move on. I'm thrilled to hear you've made that move.

    try loosening your trucks just a smidge more for your one leg glides... I found it helped me be able to adjust my balance more on my right (weak) leg.

  4. Thanks for the tip. I actually was informed that I should loosen my rear trucks a bit at said practice. Once I overcame the wobbly bit of adjusting to newly adjusted skates, I noticed my crossovers were smoother. The one legged glides is really more of the same confidence issue for me, but maybe now that I've adjusted them again I will be able to trust them more. Yay! Skating!