In 2010 I completed Fresh Meat with Canberra Roller Derby League, but shortly after passing my White Star the fertility specialist advised that I was losing weight too fast and the training was putting too much pressure on my system. (Who would have thought that derby training 6 months after major stomach surgery would put pressure on your system!?!) He said if I wanted to get pregnant I needed to go easy on myself.
I stopped training. I really missed the regular skating and the friends I’d started to make. But I needed to do everything I could to make our dream come true. Before I called it a day I introduced derby to Dave Mackie. While I took a step back he launched himself into the world of Canberra derby.
Four years on, we have a (nearly) 2 year old and Dave is a full on Derby Photographer.
A month or two ago Dave tagged me in a post on Facebook about the Varsity Derby League‘s Fresh Meat training.
To say I was excited was an understatement. I immediately talked to HUBBY about going along to the training information session. We both agreed that it might be a good opportunity to get out and mix with a crowd that was unlikely to dribble on me, throw food at me and can form a sentence. (May have missed the mark there… *jokes*!)
I went along to the information session, filled in my forms, attended the information skate session and impatiently waited for Freshies to start.
Freshies has been under way now for 2 weeks and I’m hooked all over again. I’m totally loving having some where to be 2 nights a week that is so far removed from what I do on a daily basis that it’s like getting a mini vacation (a mini vacation that rivals Survivor – but these days a vacay is a vacay!)
Most days post training I’m hurting all over and walking like I’m 197, but I’m doing so with a poop-eating grin on my face. Last week I was really excited as my first derby bruise came up on the back of my hand (sad but true).
There’s just something so cool and liberating about being able to go fast, in a circle. I just wish I could listen to Guns n’ Roses at the same time and then I would totally be back in 1993 at the local ice-skating rink. *le sigh*
I have no idea where all this is going to lead… I hope to pass my White Star again when assessment comes up in 6 weeks time. I had thought about being on Team Zebra (referee) but I’m wavering on that the more I get to know my fellow freshies.
But that’s a decision for a later date, right now I’m just enjoying it and marveling at the fact that I can no longer do a hip check.
Seriously, I look like Elaine dancing when I try and do a hip check – what’s wrong with me??? For those of you too young to know the reference *shudder* he’s a YouTube clip…
PS. For those wondering my Derby name is…. <drum roll> Miss Gnomer.