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Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Oh confidence! Where art thou?"

Confidence is one huge thing I'm lacking BIG TIME in this sport. Maybe that's why I can't do my 25 in 5, my crossovers, t-stops, etc. I'm so f*$%@ing scared of myself and think I can't do this. I thought the same thing when I first started.

"What? Derby? Like actually maintaining balance on skates while people hit me and vice versa? Wait... BEING on skates?!?!?!?! Hell no!"

But despite my reluctance at the beginning (and my crap in my pants fear), here I am, actually skating around pretty darn good for someone who never skated before.But yet, I keep holding myself back. WHY?!

I'm so tired of holding myself back, after watching my team mates at our last bout go into it with only 9 skaters against a WFTDA team, I wanna be out there with them, not on the sidelines taking pictures. I got to do some hitting at my last practice and it felt amazing, my Coach (which also happens to be my fiance) said the grin on my face everytime I hit that pad and stayed up was great. Made me feel good and made me want this more.

So look out derby world... I'm coming for it with a vengeance! I wanna be out there with my sisters!

Any other seasoned vets got some good pointers to help me along the way?

Friday, April 6, 2012


That's what they call noobs like myself, freshmeat. We're the ones who are just starting out and haven't passed our WFTDA assessments. First off, let me introduce myself. My derby name is Flashpoint (or will be since I'm still considered fresh meat), I started skating about 2 months ago. Not just skating derby, skating PERIOD. I've never been on skates until a friend of mine suggested checking this out. I was terrified my first day. Barely inching along, holding on to a shopping cart. Watching the Vets skate around, do 180's and come up on their toestops, give whips, and do all the other tricks of the trade, I thought to myself. "There's no way in hell I'll ever get that good." But, despite my lack of confidence, I decided to come back a second time.

This time around, one of the vets came up to me and took the cart away. Nooooo! Not my precious shopping cart that gave me what little stability I had. I'd grown to love that thing in the 2 short hours I spent with it last practice. I was ready to give it a name for Christssake! But she said I couldn't get attached to it, damn her. I also know that she will likely let out quite the big chuckle when she reads that previous line. So back to falling it was. I got good use out of my borrowed knee pads, but as practice continued, I noticed I was falling less and less. That's when a tiny glimmer of hope started to shine through. I can actually do this! I immediately told my fiance I was ready to get off the borrowed gear.

"What?! I thought you wanted to try it out some first before you made that commitment." he stated.

"Well, I did babe. I tried it out and I know I wanna do it."

"Fiiine." He said grudgingly (he was not pleased). He obviously must've thought I was just gonna throw my hands in the air and say "the hell with this shiz!" Oh my was he ever WRONG.

As soon as our tax return came in, I was online ordering my rookie package. I was so excited when it came in and it's been hard to keep me off them. I've had a few injuries along the way, including a painful tailbone injury. But I'm determined to get better and become a monster! Looking forward to continuing my journey in derby.

Are you wondering about my meanie fiance who was completely against me doing this? Well, he came to one practice with me and got HOOKED. He and my little guy (spark plug) now come to every practice with me, and my fiance was just asked to be our new freshmeat coach (yes, MY coach :-/)

Here they are bossing the girls around on the track.
Family that plays together, stays together

Life, love, & derby,