Get Skates, Wear Skates, Fly: Finding my Feet

angela

Hello again all you lovely derby peeps, Fresh Meat, and fellow Cherubs (as we’re known as).  The last few weeks have absolutely flown by and I can’t believe how far I have come on in my journey to becoming an Angel.

The clocks have changed, it’s dark and cold outside, but I look forward to getting myself out to go to training.

After the first training session it took another week for my muscles to recover from the torture I willingly put myself through!  Still aching in places I didn’t know I could ache I kitted up and got ready for week two.  The second session was just as awesome as week one, an equally hard workout too.  By the time we got to week three, we’d learned so much.  We’ve even progressed to warming up on skates!

I feel like I have come along so far since first putting on skates.  I’ve learned how to stop and fall safely, remembering to keep my arms and legs tucked in.  It’s a bit alien throwing yourself on the floor, but then again it’s not exactly commonplace to hear someone shout at you, “get those legs wider” when trying to nail double knee falls, haha!  Thanks to falling I’ve even gained my first trophy bruise on my hip too.  I didn’t want to fall straight onto my butt, so somehow managed to fling myself on my side in some sort of baseball slide.  Falling small is hard!

I think I’ve just about mastered sticky skating (it’s all in the butt, apparently) and can skate a lap now at reasonable speed.  Last week we attempted our “best effort laps”, basically skating hard for 5 minutes non-stop.  I managed a respectable 19 and a half (don’t forget that half).  Not bad for someone who thought they couldn’t even stand on 8 wheels less than a month ago.

I really enjoy asking the Angels and more experienced Cherubs for tips and advice on how they manage to do certain moves.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but I am grateful for the range of advice so I have plenty of opportunities to find what works for me.

Slowly but surely I am learning more about my skates.  It’s useful to know things like what your trucks are and how they work when you move your feet and body.  I’ve been brave enough to loosen mine a notch and I’ll be getting some softer cushions soon.  Even with such a small adjustment I’ve found I can feel the movement in my skates more, so my agility for things like weaving has become much better.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve made lots of new friends.  It’s a shame that some of the lovely people I met in week one didn’t come back or have dropped out since, but roller derby isn’t for everyone and that’s ok.  Personally, I love it just as much as I did in week one and can’t wait till I can do all the things!

I am still in awe at all the amazing talent and skills that surround me and feel very lucky to be part of my new derby family.

Roll on the next few weeks! :D

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