I found this great post about being Fresh Meat. Check it out: Fresh to Death: Three Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was Fresh Meat.
So much of it I am trying to adapt to my life at this point. More training and better eating on top of my everyday life. Creating a schedule to follow each week definitely helps me out to become more motivated and not become lazy (which I tend to be in this chilly winter season). I am quite excited for my long weekend and since I am alone with my furbabies this Easter, I will have plenty of time to get my workout on!
A few things that I have been specifically trying to tackle is loosening up my hip flexors, strengthening my knees, and working my way up to big girl push ups (I can really only do one at this point).
I also find I spend so much time of my day sitting, as I sit and type all day at work then come home mentally exhausted and all I want to do is relax on the couch. So now I am trying to add a bit of stretches and exercises that I can do for a few minutes at my desk everyday to help loosen up my muscles and minimize back pain from sitting so long.
Below are a few links that have some tips and tricks to help out with a few of these issues.
I feel that there are so many aspects of myself that no one word could really describe who I am. It took me months to find a name that I really loved and to be honest I didn’t even think it up. My house was littered with sticky notes filled with words that I liked and felt represented me as a person. It definitely gave me time to reflect on myself for sure. In the end it came down to my last name, which most people accidently pronounce as steer when they first read it out loud, with this my fellow derby gurl suggested Steer Clear. I loved it right away, but decided to sleep on it overnight. Of course I couldn’t get it out of my head all night so it became a clear (ha ha) choice, Steer Clear is my name! I always find life has an interesting way of figuring things out and this is just another example.
If you need any help picking out your Derby name here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Make it Memorable. Find a name that the audience can easily remember and come back to cheer for you time and time again!
2. Do you want it PG? As an active volunteer in my community, I work with kids who are at a very influential age. Also I would love to have my Godson’s cheer for me as well (without getting in trouble from their mom). So I stuck to something on the PG side.
3. Avoid Similarity. You don’t want to be getting confused with other skaters, especially on your own team.
4. Test it Out. Try it out on your Derby team, friends and family to see how they feel. Remember though your choice is final.
5. Get Registered. Don’t forget to register so that no one else scoops up the name before you do!
Why not go out on a limb? That is where the fruit is!
There are many reasons why I love Roller Derby. First of all it is an awesome way to exercise and motivate yourself to get fit. It also is a great way to meet many awesome hardworking people. Derby requires all your focus at practices (and of course at bouts as well), so you have no time to dwell on other issues going on in your life e.g. work problems etc. When you’re doing something that difficult, you can’t afford 13 seconds of dwelling because in that time someone will either out-skate you or knock you to the ground. After practice you suddenly realize two hours went by where you weren’t worried about the things that keep you up at night. In addition with all the extra dopamine pouring into your brain it makes you feel naturally happy. Derby makes you step out of the box and push yourself to get better. It gives you increased confidence in your daily life and the initiative to work harder.At each challenge that you succeed in Derby it makes you feel like you can conquer the world and there is no better feeling than this. Personally, I can not get enough of Roller Derby! From the moment I started I loved it, even though I could barely skate. Now I am starting to fly around the track! And I couldn’t be more proud and happy to be apart of something so awesome. Now off to watch some Whip it!
by Jessica Stere
It has been about six months since I have first tried Roller Derby. At the moment I am working on my minimum requirements to be able to play in a scrimmage. So far Roller Derby has been such a blast and I have already met such great people who are energetic and truly one of a kind! Roller Derby has been such an amazing discovery for me, as I like to be physically active and part of a team, but have not had the chance to join much since moving. Every time I come home from practice I am beaming with delight (even when I was so sore I could barely move)!
My Derby Story:
I have a friend who was in Derby and kept telling me how awesome the group is and how great of a sport Derby really was. I was on the fence about it for a long time, not sure if it really was the sport for me, since I had no skating capabilities at all. During a night of volunteering for the festival in town I had a chance to talk to one of the Derby Coaches in town. He immediately asked if I was interested and told me all about Derby and how to play. I left the night with his business card. I kept the card on my nightstand on my bedside table before I approached my friend interested in trying it out.
My first practice: As the derby season had just ended my first practice was very quiet with only a few members present. I feel that this was a good thing for me as I would be described as Bambi learning to walk on ice like mentioned before no skating capabilities at all. The very first thing you learn in Derby is how to fall properly (onto your protective pads), that way you don’t hurt yourself. This I did pretty well with only a few falls that hurt because I was not in Derby stance.
It took a few weeks before I became more excited and less nervous to go to attend. Even at the beginning, the adrenaline after each practice was pretty high. I fell in love with skating! Now I am working hard to get better and become more fit.
Design by Jessica Stere
If you are interested in Derby and want to know more, you can visit rollergirl.ca