Tuesday, June 19, 2012
First night of the Bonnie D Stroir clinic was last night. I think I have a derby crush on this lady! She's (her team) won nationals twice (TWICE) and she was the national top scoring jammer twice (TWICE!). She is more of a superstar to me than any other model/actress/athlete. I got to do drills with this lady! I got to hug her neck and take pictures and hear her wisdom and watch her skate by while I tried my hardest to do whatever task she requested. She was at our rink in our dinky little town. Stuff like this just doesn't happen in my life!! I'm still swooning a bit!
Without going into exact details of the drills, I'm going to give some of the high points I learned.
#1 Don't kick the puppy! Be nice to yourself inside and out and celebrate all successes no matter how little. Be hungry, yet satisfied. Say "Thank You" to compliments. (Hmmmm, sounds a bit like what I've learned here on spark!)
#2 If you keep your feet moving, you will be okay.
#3 Put yourself out there in practice. Do things that make you uncomfortable. Don't let things happen for the first time in a bout.
#4 Not too happy, not too sad. Stay in the mid ZONE!
#5 Make the other team say "Wait, What?".
#6 Smear them!!
I loved all the new things I learned but I have to say seeing some of our veterans trying some new things was interesting to watch. Made me feel more like an equal than before I guess. We're all human with things we are good at and things we have to try hard to figure out. So what that I fall way more than them, I get back up every time and I learn from the mistakes. If you don't fall...you aren't in derby or you're not trying hard enough!