Anonymous asked: Hi! I love your blog. I just recently saw Whip It and it inspired me to try out derby. That probably sounds lame... I'm not expecting it to be all glamorous, but it sounds like the best thing on earth. Problem is, I can barely skate at all. Do you have any tips for training BEFORE looking into tryouts?
I meant to have this up earlier this week but I was at a wedding last night so that ate up all of my energy and spare time this week. (No one noticed the bruises, so that’s awesome.) But today is tryouts day for Bay Area, so as a tryouts survivor, here’s some brief things to think about when trying out for a derby league. - Bring everything you need. Tryouts usually require copies of...
I think I have figured out the system for my right ankle: - start with Bengay Cold Therapy — I was given this to review so I’ve been using it for the past few weeks to really test it out. It’s primarily menthol-based, thus it’s very refreshing and minty; you really get the cool tingly sensation. The scent goes away pretty quickly, so I’m comfortable using it before...
BAD tryouts are coming up this Saturday, and so while I’ll have a more tryout-specific post later, here’s my number one advice point for derby girls in their first year. Be kind to yourself. Take care of your body. Eat right, stop smoking (if you do smoke), cut back on drinking, get good sleep. Invest in epsom salts, band-aids, wraps for your feet, glucosamine for your joints,...
I have a family wedding to go to this week that I’ve been anticipating and prepping for for months. Just got my hair did, my brows did, going to get a scrub’n’color, need my nails did, shoes on the way from Zappos, taking time off work. I’m wearing a dress that comes just to the knee. I fell hard on my left leg yesterday at practice. Oh, RIGHT. BRUISES.
Never Mind the Blockers, it's Tex Pistol.:... →
texpistol: I’ve been having a Weird Knee Thing, and a friend of mine who is currently in PT for a Mangled Knee Thing (basically, everything that ends in -CL) suggested that it might be hamstring-related. This is because skaters tend to have overdeveloped quads relative to hamstrings, and the ham-bone’s… I had a whole big post going and then my browser crashed. BOO. Exercises I...
The Big O →
Oh snap! I totally need to go to this — I miss Eugene and I won’t be able to make it to Portland for Regionals this year (boooo).
stupidest hurt body part ever
Last weekend at the Golden Bowl, after the BAD Girls beat Texas, I was cheering, leaping over the barrier, and wedging my way up against the track to get a high-five, when I felt a sharp pain in my chest. Being a bit of a hypochondriac, my first thought was, Oh, GOD, am I having a derby-induced heart attack? (And not from skating?) Then I realized no, I just tweaked my left pectoral muscle. I...
Are Crunches Worth the Effort? →
I am all decked out in my bout-wear for work today. That means bling rings, bling bracelet, gold eyeshadow, gold doorknocker earrings, black and gold nail polish, shirt and hoodie, and I’ve got my gold sequin headband in my purse. There are STILL TICKETS AVAILABLE online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/186764 3-Day passes and Friday tickets are available until 3 pm...
i really do love my job
Me: I have to go straight to Oakland from work tomorrow. Coworker: Oh, that’s right, it’s your big tournament! Me: Yes, so I have to wear all of my derby black and gold to work tomorrow. Coworker: If you need bat wings, I have some in my desk. For real. You can totally wear them. And then she opened her desk and there are costume bat wings in there. (COME TO THE GOLDEN BOWL. WEAR...
Bay Area Derby Girls Roll On This Weekend, July... →
thefemme-menace asked: Hey! I just found your blog and its super cool. Im a newbie with the Charlotte Roller Girls. :) Derby name is The Femme-Menace. :)
First Year Things I Wish I Had Known: Demanda Riot... →
The pivot cups on my right skate are totally thrashed and need to be replaced. I also need new bushings because mine are probably too hard and don’t give me the compression I need while keeping my trucks loose. I’m irritated with myself for not noticing earlier (but I didn’t know to look at my pivot cups), because what if that’s what screwed up my ankle, just by having...
B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls Present The Golden Bowl →
Dudes. This is one week away! Get your tickets now!
Guess who got a shiny doctor’s note saying she’s clear to skate? (“Do you need it to say anything else?” “Can you specifically say I’m cleared for full-contact skating?”)
Bay Area Derby Last Jam Footage (by 13th Generation Productions)
Last roundup at the Cal Skate roller rink in... →
Oh, bummer — I only went to the Milpitas rink once (K and I got completely lost trying to find it, plus it was chaotic and dark with bad music), but losing a skating rink sucks no matter what.
8 Reasons You Shouldn't Play Roller Derby |... →