Is it worth it?

It’s been said that in derby it’s not a matter of IF you get injured, but WHEN. As a new skater, you think that it won’t happen to you. Much like the euphoric stage of a relationship, you deny the actual risks. It won’t happen to me, it can’t happen to me. Then reality slaps you in the face when your first teammate goes down. And your left wondering is it worth the risk.

Major injuries like the three tib/fib breaks we have experienced on our team can be a life-changing event for the player. Not only does it put your day-to-day life on hold and drastically change that, but the medical bills and missed work can wreck havoc on ones personal finances.

Even minor injuries can leave you on the side lines and medical expenses spent at physical therapy, the chiropractor or like me, I ended up having weekly massages to keep my shin splints at bay can really add up.

“Is it worth the risk?” I was asked this question by a co-worker I was talking to about the most recent injury and it’s a question I have thought long and hard about. My answer is yes, playing derby for me is worth the risk.

Derby has given me a hobby, a support system and a means of exercise that I have longed for most of my life. I know that I have a group of women who hold me accountable, encourage me to push myself and are there to catch me if I fall.

Afterall, in reality nothing comes without risk and I could break my leg falling down the stairs or letting my dogs out one morning. At least a derby leg break gives you some street cred and makes a fun story to tell the grandkids.

So I will lace up my skates, try to quiet the worrisome part of my brain and hope to skate another injury free day.

We’re Cupcakes

So, its been almost 2 weeks since my return from Rollercon. And I think I have finally been able to comprehend and digest everything that I witnessed and learned. For those of you that don’t know what Rollercon is, it is a national roller derby convention that takes place in Las Vegas. Imagine 3000 derby peeps in one place for 5 days and you can only imagine the craziness that went on.

Here are the top 10 things I learned from Rollercon.

10) Mustaches make everything more hilarious.

While I am sure the whole mustache reference has a lewd sexual meaning behind it, I haven’t laughed this hard with a group of friends in years and yes, Kit E and Netty make an impressive Tom Selleck and Burt Renyolds.

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9) There are people who know more about derby than you, but you may know more than others as well and information should be shared.

Some of my greatest learning moments were from the other skaters in the on-skate classes I took. Veteran skaters are such a wealth of knowledge and their willingness to help us newbs out, is so valuable.

My greatest learning moment was from SooKee Tsujimoto. She was in an advance pivoting class and she taught me more about my role as a pivot and actually performed a backwards whip on me and it was AMAZING!!!!

8) Love for Honey Badger is universal.

If you haven’t seen this video you must watch it, it’s HILARIOUS!!!

I met the most interesting people because of my honey badger t-shirt and anyone who loves the Honey Badger is OK in my book.

7) Your hero may need some encouragement every now and then.

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Boller is my favorite Maiden. I admire how effortless she looks when she skates and hope to some day skate like her.  Despite her natural abilities she can use some words of encouragement every now and then.  Especially when pelvic thrusts are involved.

6) Family friendly isn’t so bad.

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I am glad our league doesn’t have names like this that I have to try to explain to my kids.

5) There are derby girls and derby athletes.

There is a whole derby subculture that exists.  It’s crazy and wild and there are those that live derby in every aspect of their life.  There are also a segment of the derby world that are serious athletes.  All I can say is that as this sport grows there will be an interesting divide between the derby athletes and the derby girls.

4) Crazy shit in GR, is nothing to some in the world.

I have seen things I will never be able to unsee.  EVER!  The Rollercon Black and Blue Ball was an experience that is not for the faint of heart and I am still trying to sort out some stuff that I saw.

3) Good Friends are Blessings.

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God bless the friend that will spend 5 solid days in a 300 square foot hotel room with you and your equipment that smells like a goat and your sensitive digestive system and still call you the next day to talk because they miss your company. If you have this person in your life, go buy them lunch or flowers or something because they are rare and you should treasure them!

2) No matter how you pack it, it all gets home.

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While my packing method makes Kellie twitch, both of our bags made it home proving that you really don’t need to spend more than 5 minutes packing for your flight home.

1) We may be Maidens, but we are cupcakes.

In the derby world we are cupcakes and that is ok.  We may be sweet and mild mannered, but we’ll kick your ass on the track and there is nothing wrong with that.