I really suck at keeping up with what’s been going on in my derbyverse. Actually, I don’t feel that bad ‘cause the only practice I haven’t been to in the last two weeks was travel team on Sunday every other Monday and Wednesday has been cancelled—that is, until yesterday. After all the snow and ice and more snow and melting and refreezing, the warehouse was a bit of a swamp. Some of our lovely Hooligans took on the task of drying things up and creating what looks like a slip and slide over our banked track to keep it from getting wet again. So we were finally able to practice as a league yesterday and 8ish of us showed. Deuces came so that was great—she’s been really awesome with focusing on specific skills and overall strength and endurance.
Last night we did a brief pace line with blocking and quick break aways. Then we split into two groups: one group of 7 went to the flat track to complete 100 laps in 20 minutes, the second group of 8 stayed on the banked track with her to work on blocking. We did hip checks, hip checks with cross overs, shoulder and tri blocks with cross overs. I got to work with KaPOWski for most drills which was sweet because we actually wailed on each other—as per Deuces instructions. It really is building my confidence to work with more and more season vets, to push myself to get to their level and try to knock them on their ass.
Our group finished the blocking drills and switched to the flat track for our 100 in 20 minutes. We decided to break down the 100 into 4 sets of 25 laps. Karen had the timer to keep track of our progress. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be and shouting out lap numbers kept me motivated. Karen and I were pretty much neck and neck throughout the 100 laps and we finished out at solid 19:37.
Under 20, but room for improvement. Ideally, wouldn’t want to be on all 93s doing this next time, but all in all I was pleased with that time. We finished out practice with some intense core building—running in place with jump turns and jumping side to side. Then we did planks, push-ups, mountain climbers, crunches, and leg lifts. OOOOWEEE. I was feeling the burn for sure.
Overall, I am really happy with the way practices are going and I’m ready to get back into consistent derby time multiple days a week. This Saturday will be my first official travel team game. We’re going head-to-head with local rivals South Jersey Derby Girls on our banked track Saturday. Doors at 4. Whistle at 5. Be there or be somewhere else watching/doing derby!