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Bouting as a borrowed skater.

Friday, May 11, 2012

I haven't blogged in a while, so this might be a long one.

Saturday I bouted for a team other than my own as a borrowed skater. I have to say it was awesome because I was the most experienced girl out on the track. While we were completely slaughtered (final score 338-40) it was still a lot of fun. And I got to jam. You're probably thinking, "Oh my god, how can she be so positive when the bout was such a landslide?"

It's simple, the team I was bouting for had 3-6 months of experience. Everyone who was seasoned was a borrowed skater. For a team that was so new, they were just happy to play. And they never gave up! Despite being knocked around they kept on fighting!

I got to jam though. It was thrilling and makes me rethink my mind set of I only want to block. Turns out, when push comes to shove, I'm pretty agile. I never jam to the point I try to avoid it at practice, but this season I've been pushing myself and trying to become more agile. So watching our jammers in the first half of the bout I realized that I was much more stable and agile than them.

The whole game when I blocked I only played offense. When you're losing that badly it's more important just to get some points on the board in my opinion. It was frustrating because I kept making holes, but the jammers weren't taking them. At one point I had actually cleared 3 blockers out of bounds, but the jammer still couldn't get through.

So that's when I decided to jam. I'm proud to say that I put 25 of those 40 points up on the board. Considering I only jammed 3 or 4 times, I think that's pretty good.

I think I was also a positive influence on the girls. They were amazed on Saturday morning when they were all going to lounge out by the pool that I went for a 2.5mile run. We got into this whole discussion about how I count calories too. I would love to see the derby community get out of the mind set that anyone can play derby means we don't need to treat our bodies the same way athletes do. I don't know, maybe my team is the only one that eats poorly.

What sucked was when I got home I came down with strep throat, so I was sick in bed on Tuesday and Wednesday. That means going into this weekends bout with my own team I only practiced one day this week. ://
Since the antibiotics kicked in, and I was feeling better today, I did do the P90X Plyometrics DVD. I dislike how squeaky my floor is, but it's such a good workout!

I'm hoping tomorrow will bring a little cooler weather so I can run mid day like I like to. I guess it's getting to the season where I need to start doing my runs around 8 or 9 am. And tomorrow night we're staying with my fiancées brother so I'll get to do my Saturday morning run through Old Town Sacramento! I really am excited about that.

Anyway, this blogs been long enough. Wish me luck at Saturdays bout! emoticon
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    You should get out of your comfort zone! I learn so much more by trying crazy stuff that in theory shouldn't work.
    2197 days ago
    You should get out of your comfort zone! I learn so much more by trying crazy stuff that in theory shouldn't work.
    2197 days ago
    25 out of 40! Man, you're a jamming machine! And you must have been good, no offence to the rest of your team, but if they were that inexperience, you must have been thinking fast and very agile. I haven't been scrimming at practise the last two times, (been practising score tracking for NSOs) but reading your blog makes me think I need to get out of my comfort zone too. EXCELLENT job.
    2202 days ago
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