I feel like I’ve done a lot of difficult things in my life. And like everyone, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. But I can honestly say nothing strengthened me the way my first game on a banked track did.
It was hard. I can’t think of an English word to express just how hard it was.
There were muscles I used that I had never used before, the rules were different, it was MUCH more fast paced, and I skated against an amazing team (read: extremely good skaters).
Needless to say, most of my time was spent getting hit down and doing my best to get up as fast as I could. I think in a span of 2 minutes, I got knocked down, on average, 5-8 times. Try doing jumping squats straight for 10 minutes that still won’t compare to what I went through.
BUT! I’m SO glad I put myself through that. I’ve graduated from a competitive school with a difficult degree, published papers through a difficult grad school program, gotten a dance degree from a great dance academy, etc, etc. In short, I’m used to succeeding. This was the first time I was challenged in a way I’d never been before.
And the most beautiful thing about derby is the women around you. They will NEVER laugh at you for not being…uhh, less than stellar, we’ll say. They will go out of their way to help you, even if they’re on a different team.
In short, even though I came home bruised beyond belief, and sore for 5 days, I came out a stronger, happier woman. Proud that I can actually take a loss in a very self-winning manner. That’s just one of the great perks of being on the NPDD team!