Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CCRD's first Meat & Greet...I'd call it a success

Not even 2 years old yet, this league is still trying to figure out the best way to grow our family.
Location, as everybody knows, is key.  A league in a college town has a better chance of finding interested people.  Being in a large city, with close suburbs, is also an advantage.  Having public transportation, a year-round population, and a local roller rink are also huge advantages when trying to create a roller derby league.

We don't really have any of those things.  Our league is really trying to make something out of nothing...no rink, no true public transportation, no large population, and not a lot of year rounders who are...um...of major physical activity age.  Yes, i said it...Cape Cod is full of old people and it's no secret that trying to find someone under the age of 80 is like finding a needle in a haystack. (I don't mean that to sound rude...it's just a fact.)
But somehow, we managed to pull a few out of the haystack last night!!

Last night's event was meant to give folks a better idea of what they should expect, if they decided to join roller derby on Cape Cod.  A no-stress, no-commitment look at a practice.  A chance to ask questions and meet the ladies who have joined and stuck around, so far.  Basically, to see if it looked like it could fit into their lives.
We had about 30 people show up!!  Amazing!  Just promoting through facebook and some flyers at local businesses around the Cape, we found quite a few curious people.
Even better, 11 of them stayed to check out loaner gear (which could use some beefing up if anyone out there has any old roller blading/skating pads/helmets or roller skates they'd like to donate!?)  A third of them!
These ladies will now begin practice with us on Friday! Yes, it happens that quickly.  Friday they will get oriented with safety and basic stance and form.  They are now 'Fresh Meat' and will continue to learn the basics until they are cleared for contact...and more.  It's really an amazing journey.  It's so different for every single skater.
I'm sure a few of them will decide it's too much...time, money, bruising...but I will continue to have respect for any person who just laces up, even for one practice, instead of letting fear get the best of them.  Sure, I understand that life is hard and there are times you have to step back and say, 'you know what...I can't afford to get hurt...this is not for me.'  but that's not fear...that's common sense...and a lack of common sense is my number one major pet peeve.
I'm also sure a few of them will have natural talent and move quickly into the upper levels of skating.
As I said...every skater will have a different experience.

While our original plan was to do this every month, I'm not sure we can keep up, if the turn out continues to be so impressive.  So, if you missed this one, but you're still sitting on that fence, please keep up on our fan page for notification of the next event.

Guess who forgot her camera...ME!  But, to be fair, Lynne didn't bring hers either.  However, she did snap a couple on her phone (which also has a better camera than mine...I won't subject you to my blurry 'what is that supposed to be?' shots).
So many guests!!


We had some snacks.  Normally, I wouldn't bother to mention them separately, but Emma Getcha made this veggie platter...







So, here are your take-aways from this post:
*First Meat & Greet ('meat' because now those who have signed up are now called 'Fresh Meat') was such a success, we may have to skip having one as soon as next month, so keep up with our fan page for updates on that:  CCRD FAN PAGE
*If you have any quad roller skates, skate pads, and/or helmets collecting dust (or if you see any) please consider donating to Cape Cod Roller Derby.  We are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to getting people started.  We have no rink and therefore no rental skates or place for 'non-derbys' to practice.  And we have no skate local skate shop that can help with ROLLER skating needs. You can message us or post to our fan page if you have any leads.
*Emma Getcha is a wiz with the veggies!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

No skating for 4 weeks!?

I can't believe it's been a month since I put my skates on for a full-on skating experience.  I did the 20 minute skate around on that basketball court; and, I actually did my lower body workout with my skates on last week.  The Triton plates on my skates are so freaking heavy!!
The in-laws had us out for dinner almost every night, and a few lunches thrown in, for 2 weeks.  I managed a couple of running (jogging) sessions in there, but not enough to offset the burgers, beers, and birthday dinner steak (hubby's birthday, not mine).
So, here I am.  Back at square one.  My top priority, on a personal level, is to be ready for the 5K at the end of October.  Thrown in, is my top priority for the league, which is to have a successful new recruit night on Monday.  October, for me, will be planned based on what happens Monday.  I'm not ready to get back to skating twice a week yet.  I haven't actually taken my month off for fitness!  I took a month off to run around with my in-laws and now I'm fighting a cold.  It's getting a little depressing, for sure.
But, enough 'oh, whoa is me' nonsense!  I've got a plan for October.  If we get enough new skaters on Monday, I'm hoping to get back to skating once a month.  I have my workouts for the month all planned out.
Here's a major problem this time of year: seasonal treats at my job.  This is when all the fun holiday stuff comes in...pumpkin ice cream and chocolate covered coconut almonds are pretty irresistible to me.  When Thanksgiving and Christmas get closer, we'll start in with the egg nog ice cream, all the delicious candies and cookies...not to mention corn pudding and au gratin Brussels sprouts!
But I have a plan!!  I'm sticking to my 'no sweets and treats' plan.  But, in order to go all out, yet not feel like I'm missing out on all the fun, I'm buying the seasonal stuff so I don't miss out.  And it's going in my freezer in the basement.  And Christmas Day, my gift will be a gigantic basket of all the goodies I've resisted!  Sounds weird, probably.  I know 'rewarding' myself with food is a bad idea...but it's not a reward.  It's a way for me to say 'hey.  you don't need that.  You have that at home.  you can try it later...just wait.'

Anyway...back to derby...
*I haven't skated in a month
*I've still been active with the league as far as planning our Meat&Greet
*Hoping to be back in October for once a week...possibly as a helper with Fresh Meat coaching
*5K on October 26...I'm 7 days (about 2 weeks) from the end of the C25K program
*And...I went to practice last Monday for a pre-practice meeting and stayed to take some pics...
Drills

More drills

water break with the night's leader, Boom Boom Kitty

Boom Boom gets in on the suicides

Emma Getcha...that's no lie!

It's hard to get a non-blurry shot of Mini D. Molish!

Smack Frost loves suicides, too!

Cah Ma Suture...pre-...um, ankle incident :(
Yes, it's true.  We had another ankle break.  Tamie, aka Cah Ma Suture, took a nasty fall, breaking and dislocating her ankle.  Roller derby is no joke.  It's full contact.  It's rough and tumble.  It is not for the weak!

Last but not least...your friendly reminders:
Monday is our new recruit night.  We're trying something different this month.  Come on down, check out a practice and see if it sparks that fire in your belly. You can also put some cookies in your belly while you are there.  It's a FREE informational event!!  Here's our facebook link: CHECK IT OUT!
Here's a link for the 5K I'm running too...if you're interested: HALLOWEEN HUSTLE (costumes encouraged!)

That's all I've got for now.  Stay tuned for my next post re-capping our Meat & Greet night!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

No derby: Week one

Well, it's been a week of no derby.  And when i say 'no derby' I mean simply that i have not been to practice since a week ago yesterday.  I am scared to pull myself out of the loop completely, and I'm lucky enough to have league founders that have seen the blood, sweat, and tears that I've put into the league and are willing to keep my voice active, if not my skates.
I have been to the park to skate on the basketball courts once.  When we first started, we would do some renegade skating on the tennis courts...until, little by little, we were prohibited from skating on the precious tennis courts.  Skating on basketball courts is like skating on the open road.  Cracks, rocks, and patches of grass to dodge.  And, no easy way to get used to transitioning, when the outdoor wheels necessary for skating on such a surface offer little movement when turning...at least, in my amateur opinion. After 20 minutes, I decided I'd just get my workout in and ran around the track for 30 minutes.
I don't want to lose what little skill I had, but not skating for a month (or more) could prove to be a big mistake!
But, I want to get myself used to my new schedule before throwing derby back in full-force.
It's a tricky position.  I'm starting to feel like my old self...but, still feel like I would regret quitting derby altogether.
This is both good and bad news, of course.
I won't lie...I was partially hoping I wouldn't miss it at all.  Just go back to my life before roller derby, when I could come home from work and just workout and then relax for the rest of the evening.  Because, as lazy as that makes me sound, I do enjoy it.
But there's still that part of me that wants to feel that rush of playing the game.  It's fun!!
The next two weeks will be full of activities with my visiting in-laws.  Not a lot of time for much more.
One week down...time to start looking at a real timetable for my return, and how to execute it smoothly.
One of my favorite shots from the bout.