Tomorrow night will mark the end of an off-season. Roller derby practice with the Lansing Derby Vixens will be on again. Two nights and one morning a week, I will be back on the track. I was just putting away some laundry this morning and saw my full drawer of derby clothes….#pumped.
I am looking forward to it. I am a little scared.
I am not super confident. I know it seems that I am but I swear before every practice I wonder if this is going to be the time I realize I am not cut out for this sport. Ask my wife.
She knows because I am always telling her just how awful I played…well, sometimes I come back to the bench breathlessly rambling about some feat I completed that she didn’t see.
*gasp* Oh, my gosh. *gasp* Did you SEE me jump over that girl who fell, spin around and keep skating? *gasp*
What?! No. *gulp water*
It was awesome. *gasp* I don’t even know how it happened! *plops down on bench* *gasp*
Most of the time, in my own slightly neurotic perfectionist mindset, I am evaluating some skill I did not quite grasp. I surprise myself with my ability to get very frustrated with myself – especially since I am typically so even keeled.
With the season opening, I am getting a little anxious. Can I really derby? Am I really strong enough, smart enough and athletic enough to play this challenging sport? It seems highly unlikely and very challenging.
Just like other challenges in my life, I have made some resolutions for the 2012 Lansing Derby Vixens Season.
1. Skate very low.
2. Get up very fast.
3. Stay focused – practice like you play.
4. Play inside the lines – No track cutting.
5. Hit with my whole body – from shoulder to hip.
6. Eat like an athlete.
I tend to eat like roller derby gives me a green light on everything within reach. In some ways it does. I can eat without gaining weight. My activity level is apparently high enough for me to eat as unhealthy as I have been. My body is thinner than ever. Unfortunately, I am not as strong as I could be but I imagine with more focus, I could be a beast.
Not unlike this guy.
I can derby. So far, I have proven that much.
Am I willing to give my body the respect it deserves for allowing me to participate in such an amazing sport by fueling it sufficiently?
We shall see.
Skate. Hit. Win.
PS – I have been pinning all sorts of healthy things on Pinterest on my I’m An Athlete Board. Check it out!