We didnt see no stinkin’ signs

Long story short…

Skated at the tennis club; got kicked out.

Skated on the pristine asphalt at the new westside highschool; didn’t get kicked out and had a great skate.

There’s a roundabout in the parking lot that, according to Maude LoBrowski, is close to the size of a derby track. We practiced on that and I think in total I got at least 2.5 hours of skating in today. My crossovers feel great and after some coaching from Maude I was easily accelerating through the corners.

All the ladies did great! We’re gonna kick some serious ass. I’m feeling pretty confident now. I’m laughing that I even questioned I could do this.

Name change and practice jitters

My first choice of a name was similar to another derby girl’s name in Vancouver. Etiquette says to contact the owner of the name and get written permission to use the similar name.

So I found Barra Couga on Facebook and fired her off a message. The answer I got back was no, but she was flattered at the fact we had chosen similar names and encouraged me to try again.

So I did…

Again and again and again.

But I had tons of trouble coming up with a new one.

I confided in a few people who I knew had a way with puns and words and would do my new name justice.

Several were tossed around. I shall keep them quiet for now in case I need a backup name plan, but this name came from the husband who knows my favourite candy.

New name….

Cherri Blaster

Love it on so many levels!

Onto other things….
Started taking Caltrate… Seemed like an obvious thing to do.
Today is our first skate together as a group. Which means today is the day I make the decision if I’m going to be on a team or stay on the sidelines and coach, ref or just serve on the board.

I’m pretty confident in my skills but I’m still curious how I’m going to compare with the rest of the girls and if I’m going to be able to keep up. I suck at guessing ages, but of the girls I’ve met, I think I’m the oldest so far. I’m curious how I’ll fit into the pack and where my role will be.

I should mention that very few people know my involvement so far. I’ve told my students (who think it’s cool) my family (who think I’m crazy but supportive) and one friend (who would always support me regardless). No offense to those I didn’t confide in as I have several close friends I would have loved to share this with. But I suppose fear of failure is weighing heavily on me and I felt no point in sharing something that may not come to fruition.

Once I find out if and where I fit in with the group, I’m coming out to everyone as a derby girl and this blog will go public.

I’ll post after practice…

Snow Day • Name Day

Snow has hit the ground hence no practice for me tonight.

I’m kind of overly obsessed with practice right now because going all winter without being on skates is worrying me. Yes, I’m pretty comfy on them, but have no idea how balanced I’ll stay with 9 other girls in a close pack around me… Not to mention hitting.

Falls are part of the deal; totally get that. But if I can learn to throw my weight to avoid a fall, I’d prefer that.

So with snow on the ground and me snuggled under a blanket, let’s talk names. Derby girls get to pick a kick-ass name. It’s kind of the perk to the deal to pick an alter ego. I don’t know about my counterparts, but see me at work and you’d have no idea I’d be into derby. Having an alter ego is going to be one of the funnest parts. So I threw a couple around with the help of the husband…

Martini Mauler
Martini Mayhem

People think they’re funny when they call me Martini. (My real name is Martina) So the name kind of fits I suppose. But right now I don’t really see my role as a mauler or causing mayhem in derby. I think my body will be more built for speed so I’ve picked a kick-ass animal combo that I think says me….

Wait for it…

Barra Cougar

Barracuda’s (it’s a fish y’all; the kind that killed Nemo’s family and the cause of his gimpy fin?) have wicked teeth, as I have been told I have a mean set of incisors. Plus they are fast, lean and tend to frenzy feed in packs… Seems obvious.

Cougar… Well, they are slender, agile and I like kitties. It’s also a bit of a pun on my age… And no, I won’t be bringing home 20-somethings from derby to live up to the ‘other’ part of that name. (unless your name is Ben Pouliot or Carey Price and you reside in Montreal hahahaha)

So there you have it… Call me #6 Barra Cougar of the Deathbridge Derby Dames!

Haters can suck it.

PS if you looked in the right upperish corner of the blog you see I already had my name publicized. But I figured I’d post a method to my name-choosing-madness since this is MY diary. Suck it again, haters.

Shopping for safety

The weather turned kind of crappy when I got home so thoughts of skating after work were kiboshed. Instead I took my oldest boy out to the 2 skate shops in town, Bert and Macs, then Walmart for shopping for new pads.

My current knee and elbow pads are pretty cheap (they’re my kid’s actually) and don’t fit me well so wanted something a bit better.

Thanks to a tip from one of the girl’s on Sunday, she saw some Tony Hawk pads at Walmart for $20. After coming up empty handed at the other stores (one didn’t have their stock in yet and the other recommended to check some product on http://www.redprotection.com which they can order in) I decided to go with the $20 set until I really know what I want and need.

I decided my current wrist guards will suit me until I talk to one of the girls to see if they will be okay.

I consider myself lucky because I already have the skates and helmet. A lot of these girls are having to put a huge amount of coin for equipment before getting started. Wheels and bearings, however, I may have to invest in.

The knee pads are great! Very comfy and they fit my skinny legs. My elbow pad straps will need to be altered a bit so they fit tighter. I’m very happy with my purchase, but debating if I should rip off the Tony Hawk label and customize the knee pads with something more fun.

Snow is in the forecast. Ugh. I just want to SKATE!

Training day and contact has been made

I managed to skate over 9 kms today without winding myself and only suffered one fall… stupid pine cone on the path. Luckily I fell onto grass rolled out of it without injury. Rocks and debris are my biggest obstacles right now, so practicing technique will have to wait until the paths are cleaner.

Attended my first meeting tonight as well. I felt a little out of place because these gals have been working on getting this going for a while. But I’m eager to help and pretty fucking excited to throw my energy into something new, actually. Funding raising, a benefit and practice is the priority right now. They’re letting me in so I gotta remember to pay my club dues.