What an amazing year this has been. Another 3 months have passed into my year of goals and looking back on my first posts on fitness and nutrition in January, I can’t believe how far I’ve come. It’s really quite fascinating, actually.
From my original list…
In my initial post my desire was to do a 6-minute mile come December. While I have no idea if I’m even close to this, running has become so much of a lifestyle that I’m getting up on my days off too go for a run, just because. WTF is wrong with me??
In August I competed in a 5k where I placed third in my division. I trained hard for that one, running at least 12k a week in preparation. After that race, I changed up my routine, now only doing 6k once a week in the coulees of my city (these aren’t tiny hills). I’ve worked up to being able to continue a running pace going up the hills without stopping. Go me! As the weather is turning I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up the pace. But I hope to!
Increase core strength
**Ahem** 5 minute plank. Yeh, I did that.
I really have to stress the values of a strong core to all roller derby players. The changes I’ve seen in my balance and stability have been huge! Suck it up, do those planks, do those situps. I don’t care if you can only do it for 5 seconds. It will make you a better skater in the end. Not only that but my core strength is balanced. I can hold a side plank on either side, where a few months ago my left side was extremely weak.
Work the pipes
A couple of weeks ago I was at the counter of the cafeteria where I worked and as I reached for my plate of food, my friend noticed my arm definition. She asked what my secret was… weights. Weights. More weights. And pushups.
The new fitness plan that I started at the end of August has been focusing specifically on upper body strength. Three times a week I’m cursing and shaking and sweating because it’s the most challenging thing I’ve done without someone else there to keep me motivated. I’m seeing improvement and working up the ladder of free weights (Started at 8 lbs; up to 12lbs in each arm now, woot!).
Have a penalty-free game
I think I’m going to throw this one out the window. While in the last three months I’ve improved with my penalty awareness and what I’m doing, there’s just some things you can’t control. However, I WILL focus on fewer track cuts.
Be a more aggressive jammer
Thanks to Stitch Rip Her hitting me off the line, trying to force me out of bounds every time we faced each other in the last scrimmage I played in, I’ve come to realize it’s not necessarily about being more aggressive, but using hits strategically to put you in a better position; whether that means knocking a jammer out-of-bounds before entering the back of the pack, or stomping through a wall at the front to get me out. This last month I’ve had some great “AHA” moments, mixing jamming, hitting and strategy. It’s a good thing!
Knock a bitch down
Within these last three months I’ve learned to trust my skates and edges WAY more than I ever have. With that confidence has come greater speed and timing, which is what girls like me count on to deliver those crushers. It’s coming along!
Jump the apex
Myself and Bones O Fury are working up to this. I admit, I have an inner fear. I’m timid. I’m unsure. And even watching my coach do it over and over again, I just can’t get takeoff, air time and landing to all mesh at once to complete one legally. BLAAAAH This one’s taking more time than I thought.
Check! Always room for improvement, but I can do them pretty instinctively now.
Check! Sometimes I over-rotate, but I got them!
I know you can be a great derby player no matter your gear, but OMFG I love my gumball toestops. Again, always room for improvement, but I’m definitely confident!
Enjoy the ride
Even mixed with some frustration, every day I’m thankful for what derby brings in friendship, knowledge and fitness.
In the last 3 months, I’ve added some derby goals…
Knee position, weight distribution & transfer, body position, edging. I’ve been really focusing on these this month since realizing how upright my lower body was when I skated. Every practice I’m integrating my own edging drilling and stretching to improve this. I’m happy to say after doing some tight outside edges at practice last night, I’m seeing tons of improvement.
Keeping my chest up as I enter the pack.
Maintaining speed going into the pack.
These were my initial goals set back in January…
• Eat breakfast – even if it’s a slice of dry toast, eat SOMETHING
I’ve been eating breakfast every morning for about 2 months. And GOOD breakfast’s too… oatmeal with fresh fruit or homemade smoothies and whole wheat toast.
• Replace my favourite sugar/salty snacks with trail mix
I have my days where I emotionally down a cup or two of sour gummies, but have basically cut out all my extra snacking. On top of that, I’ve switched to black coffee and am no longer depending on the morning cream and sugar fixed I needed in coffee.
• Replace pop with cranberry juice, energy drink or water.
I can’t remember when I last had pop. I don’t even really drink juice (unless in a smoothie) or energy drink either.
• Drink at least 3 bottles of water a day.
I probably drink 2-3 litres of water a day now.
• Cut out alcohol.
I don’t desire it or crave it but will drink it on special occasions.
So all-in-all I feel I’m right on track with all my goals. It’s a really good feeling! I haven’t remained focused like this with such a long-term goal in like, ever. The team is coming into it’s busiest season yet, playing four games from now until December. It will be an interesting time to see if I can keep everything balanced.