I know: most people checking in thought they were gonna find out what happened to Annie and Kerry as soon as Coraline arrived at the ICU. And I had fully planed on presenting that excerpt, except… well, I’ve been sitting on this video for a week and yesterday I thought it would be a good idea to get off my ass and edit it for proper consumption between watching episodes of The Defenders. By the way, while I know Jessica Jones is a fictional character, I want to kanoodle with Krysten Ritter in the worse way. And she knits and crochets as well, so she’s got that going for her.
So you’re gonna get that excerpt tomorrow. Today you get my look at my last freshie practice, where I have dipped into the Disney for the title, though unfortunately I don’t come off at all looking like Go Go: I’m more like Honey Lemon ’cause I have a big purse and science is my thing. But I need to get this out because after a week I cannot sit on it any longer.
As always it’s have video, will travel, and I was set up. This came the night after a totally ass busting cardio session and everyone was feeling it–something I allude to in the intro below–
We did a quick thirty laps of cardio, though mine weren’t fast. I was last off the track and suffering from a lot of back pain. I mentioned in my last derby post that Shux said my posture was bad and I was “tits over skates” a bit, and that can lead to a bit of back pain, so tonight I’ll do what I can to get that posture right. That and work on my core, which is gonna help.
So… for a while I’ve been anticipating we’d do another 27/5 (skate twenty-seven lap in five or fewer minutes) and sure enough, that was the first hour of the night. With six of us ready to do one, it was time to get two skaters on the track at the same time and let us have at it. Panzer timed one skater and I timed the other, and unlike the first time everyone did five laps and got their final time after it was over.
First up were Laura and Jackie. Both have done this before so it wasn’t unknown territory to either. And having done this before you know what sort of hell awaits, so you just suck it up and go at it. For reference, Laura is on the left side of the screen being timed by me and Jackie is being timed by Panzer.
27/5 One: Laura and Jackie.
Next up were Ashly (or is it Sarah?) and Mary. This was Mary’s first time at only her second freshie practice, much like what happened with me, but Mary is in a hell of a lot better shape than I was when I did my first 27/5. For reference I timed Ashly on the left side, and Panzer timed Mary on the right.
27/5 Two: Ashly and Mary.
A long last it was my turn and, like the first time, I did mine with Erica on the other side of the track. The first time I did this I wore rentals so I anticipated I’d do better on my own skates: in fact, it was my goal to break at least 20 laps in five minutes. And I knew I could do it. I just knew it.
Annnnnnd… well, watch for yourselves. Erica’s starting on the left, I’m on the right.
27/5 Three: Erica and me.
My final time was 7:18 for 27 laps, and it was all I could do to keep from melting down. I didn’t improve at all: I managed only 18 laps in that time, which was the same thing I did on rental eight weeks earlier. For a bit there I felt like a certain incestuous drunk queen stripped naked and forced to march through a angry screaming crowd. With my teammates around me I felt like I was on my own Skate of Shame and all I needed was a nun with a bell…
I did meltdown later: it was Crying Time all the way on the drive from the rink to the apartment, and I don’t hide that fact. This was probably one of the most ego-shattering moments I’ve ever experienced and it almost got me to the point where I wanted to quit.
See, there are two rules in Derby. Let me show you:
Yeah, you just don’t walk away because you had a bad night. You think about what you did wrong and work on making it right. I heard from a number of my teammates in the aftermath of this 27/5 and they had their own horror stories about their own struggles to certify, so as I said on my Facebook wall, I’m not the last derby woman to cry over a bad practice and I certainly won’t be the last.
It’s all about getting up and doing it all again. And doing it better next time.
In relation to this–I did some checking on my skate due to something I was told early Wednesday morning, and after some research I’m taking a different track on my hardware. Let me just say, setting up your skates for optimal performance is not all that different from setting up a race car for a track. Good thing I know how to do that…
Enough of this sobby bullshit. Onward.
We did a lot of 180 transitions and toe stops. Sort of working at our own speed. I’ve had to cut this into two parts because the video was too big unedited to upload to YouTube–and I had four of my teammates–Erica, Ashly, Mary, and Jackie–decide to leave a message. It’s the last minute of this first one if you just wanna jump to the end.
Start of transitions/toe stops:
And here we have the end of the Great Transition/Toe Stop practice, one where I spent a good deal of it on the far side of the rink talking to Panzer about stuff… and things.
One thing I learned from these two videos is that I’m far too timid on those transitions. I need to get a little more speed behind me before I turn and stop, because you may not be inching along on the track in the middle of a jam, right? Right. You know it.
You might say, however, well, what if you are zipping along and you fall? Isn’t it gonna hurt? Answer: yeah, it likely will. But guess what? It’s not about falling–
It’s about how fast you get back up.