Cue the obligatory goal setting for New Year’s Eve

Considering I started skating in March, I’m pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished this year. (Cue bullet points)

  • Joined the board.
  • Passed my benchmarks.
  • Negotiated some space for us to skate in.
  • Created a recruitment campaign that increased our numbers in skaters.
  • Became fresh meat coach.
  • Played in one scrimmage and 2 bouts.
  • Was the top scorer in one of those bouts.
  • Only missed one practice since the start of official practice.
  • Started a derby blog!

And some things I’m not so proud of…

  • Getting called out for not putting enough effort in at practice.
  • Getting involved in derby drama.

Despite the bad, it’s been a really good 3/4’s of a year as far as derby is concerned. I’ve learned a lot and I’m so proud of my teammates and fresh meat gals who are growing right along with me. As I’m writing this on the eve of the New Year, I figured I’d take the opportunity to set some fitness & derby goals (let’s be clear, these are NOT resolutions. I hate those) for 2011.

Fitness Goals

Keep running

During the December practice hiatus I’ve managed to get up to 12 miles a week on the treadmill (19 km for you metric types). Continuing that pace while doing 2 derby practices a week is unlikely. But I’d like to continue running to help increase my stamina to complete a six-minute-mile by the end of 2011. (For reference, I do a 10 minute mile right now) This is a big goal and I’m now kinda regretting I said it. But you’ll hold me accountable and keep me motivated, right readers?

Increase core strength

I’ve seen an amazing change in my torso this past year. All those sit-ups I push the gals through during meat grinder at practice has made a difference in my stability as a skater. Plus I’m now sporting a 2-pack, which I never thought I’d see again, and I wish to increase the two to a four. That means I have to change the style of sit-ups I do to focus on the other stomach muscle groups.

Work the pipes

At the start of 2010, the waddle under my arm would flap in the wind when I lifted it to show someone where the beach was. I don’t know how it’s happened, but that waddle has disappeared and now a bicep appears as I point in the beach’s general direction. I like it. No specific goal in mind, except maybe to arm wrestle Nixxi by the end of the year and not lose in 5 seconds.

Derby Goals

Have a penalty-free game

I almost did it last year, with only one penalty in our home opener. But it may be tough because of my next couple of goals…

Be a more aggressive jammer

This includes throwing some hits on my way out of the pack instead of trying to skate around blockers and getting in the way of the opposing jammers more. Our coach, Bradass, has been great at helping me set goals during each jam to help me work on this.

Knock a bitch down

I know hitting isn’t my strength. I don’t know if it ever will be. But I’d love to be able to give at least one bone-crushing hit that seriously fucks up one or several opposing team members during a game. It’s going to take a lot of work on my part to accomplish this one.

Jump the apex

This is a move where you maybe have one or two blockers in front of you holding the inside line. Instead of trying to go around or depending on your blockers to clear a path, you jump over one of the corners on the inside, passing the players and land again in-bounds. It’s about a 3-4 ft length jump and I’ve only ever done it once in practice with a stationary blocker.

Backwards crossovers

Good ones. Not ones where I’m sticking my ass out to stay balanced.

Fast tomahawks

I can do them at a slow/medium speed. But I’d love to do them at my full-tilt-jammer-speed so I can stop faster when I get hit out of bounds.

Toestop running

You’d think with me being mostly a jammer, I’d have this down by now.

Nope.

I’m still having trouble finding my centre of gravity when I go into a sprint and I’m either timid, only taking two steps, or I lean too far and fall forward. Perhaps an increase in core strength will help me with this.

Enjoy the ride

I’ve had some friends and family gently ask, in a roundabout-sort-of-way, “When are you going to give this up?” The short answer is, “When it stops being fun.” The fun factor may end tomorrow or it may happen 5 years from now. But until that happens, I’m going to continue challenging myself.

Who wants to join the ride with me? Derby player or not, I invite you to write your own goals for the year. If you’re a blogger or Facebook note writer, etc, and want to help keep each other motivated, post your link down below as a reply. Let’s keep tabs on each other to help achieve our goals!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, READERS!

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Getting my multi-media on…

First things first…

I must remind you about our next home game, January 15 versus the Gnarlies Angels of Rossland, BC. If you’re hovering around the Lethbridge area, I expect you there! You can get presale tickets starting in January at Blueprint Records (519 4 Ave. South) and Steel Sass (258 – 13 St. South)

Next!

I’ve acquired some video footage and, with this being my week off work, have finally had the chance to put a couple of somethings together.

The first one is another compilation of our first home game versus the Missfits of Mayhem. Unfortunately, the audio is being lame when I embed the video (aka I’m illegally using some Bouncing Souls for background music), so please click HERE to view the video in our page’s feature window & hopefully the audio will work. (If you’re trying to spot me, I’m number 6.)

Next is a short video of me in 3 jams at my last game versus the Gas City Rollers of Medicine Hat. Even though in this footage I’m getting taken out a couple of times, it was a breakthrough game for me, scoring 54 of the 94 points! I couldn’t have done that without my blockers!

Cherri Jams

And now…

Some EYE CANDY courtesy of the Philly Roller Girls. This will be a nice segue into my next post coming soon, talking about my training & derby goals for 2011. Enjoy the tasteful nudity! 😉

Mark Your Calendars! Get Your Tickets!

January 15, 2011!!!!!!!!!

The Gnarliest Angels will be braving the mountain passes to come to beautiful Lethbridge, Alberta!

Lethbridge Exhibition, North Pavilion, starts at 7 p.m.

Yup... I'm the devil!

You know what’s even more cool? My derby wife, Betty Believit will be making her derby debut in the rookie scrimmage!!!! (She told me so this morning and I’m soooooo proud of her!!!!)

You know what else is awesome? A bunch of other gals will be making their rookie debut! If you don’t come out for us, come out for the gals that are about to pop their derby cherry! We’re inviting gals from all over to play in the rookie game so you’ll be able to see talent not only from our crew, but from other leagues as well!

You know what’s awesomer? Our after party… that will likely include epic moments like this…

After party at Bo Diddly's with the Missfits of Mayhem

We will be bringing back the penalty wheel, karaoke and maybe some more surprises! Possibly Nixxi Knox will put her arm wrestling title up for grabs too.

Arm wrestling on a bar speaker... because we're classy like that.

You don’t want to miss it! Pre-sale tickets will be available at STEEL SASS (258 – 13 St. North) and BLUEPRINT RECORDS (519 – 4 Ave. South) or from your favourite derby girl this week! (Makes a great stocking stuffer) All ages, licensed event; kids 10 and under free!

SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!

Hello, I’m bored!

Our team is on hiatus.

Not in a bad way, though any time off skates is super shitty, but in a we-lost-our-venue way. Our local car dealerships have decided to move their vehicle inventory indoors during the bitter months, which essentially leaves us out in the cold.

I went through various emotional stages when our leave of absence began:

STAGE ONE: Missing the gals.
The minute I walked out the door after our last practice, I was immediately on Facebook, begging for reassurance we wouldn’t be separated until our next practice till January. Neediness set in.

STAGE TWO: S.A.D.
Skating Affective Disorder. Much like how some miss the sun in the winter which then affects their moods, I began to feel utterly depressed the fact I wouldn’t be wearing my skates, let alone skating in them. I debated wearing them while watching TV, just to make sure the boots would stay formed to my feet. Sadness set in.

STAGE THREE: Fitness obsession.
Taking a hiatus during the most popular season to eat had me stressed out. The last thing I want is to turn soft after how hard I’ve been training. Solution: running the treadmill. Three times a week.

Ugh.

The good news is I’m super-impressed at how my body’s responding to the change in training. Derby’s made me a way stronger runner. Acceptance set in.

STAGE FOUR: Finding reasons to go to Calgary.
Lloyd’s Roller Rink plays nasty music, is a bit pricey and covered in kids. Yet I tried to find any excuse to get to Calgary to skate there. (Yes, we have to go to Ikea TODAY!) I wasn’t the only one… 4 other dames and one future ref was also there when I arrived. Relief set in.

STAGE FIVE: Finding a place to skate.
Can I just say a HUGE shoutout to the Village of Nobleford who have taken a chance on us crazy skaters and let us hang in their community centre? Can I also give a HUGE shoutout to Betty Believit for convincing them to give us a chance to skate on their wood floors?

We had our first skate there last night… It was a little slick, it was a little small, but for $20/hour, we’ll take it! I only hope our wheels keep the floors damage-free so they will let us continue.

So all-in-all, I’m surviving the the hiatus. And the good news is, it will be over sooner than later, because…

We have our next bout to plan!!!!!

January 15! North Pavilion! 7 pm start!
Deathbridge Derby Dames vs Gnarlies Angels from Rossland, BC
AND
Black and White Rookie Scrimmage!
Tickets $10!

Please search ‘Deathbridge Derby Dames bs vs Gnarlies Angels on Facebook for all event details! I’ll post a poster soon too!!

I’m so excited! I hope to see you there!!

Behind the scenes

Gas City Rollers vs the Deathbridge Derby Dames • Nov. 27, 2010 • Final Score 114-94 for Gas City

A fantastic game, with a bunch of fantastic gals. Thanks to the Gas City jammers for keeping up with my countdown to beer as I rolled up to the line 😉

Game plus’s… I came away uninjured, even after a highlight-reel worthy crash into the crowd.
Game minus’s… I still need to work on being more aggressive. And we lost.

But enough of that… The game story in pictures…

(Special thanks to the always talented Susan Knight (her Facebook) and Medi Lizous for the fantastic pics. More can be found on their Facebook profiles. Friend them!)

Lining up for gear check! (I'm number 6 on the left!)

We love our fresh meat fans!

We love our fresh meat merch girls!!!

Sapphic belting out our National Anthem

The amazing Nixxi Knox and her fuzzy boots!

Riff Raff checking her gear while the rest of the team watches the jam.

My intro lap! (Pretty badass, dontcha think?)

I think this may have been the first jam of the night!

The lovely Dreamy (Dream Whip) setting up to help me through the pack!

PILEUP!

Hooten Annie and Domino Brasco about to make some Cherri jam!

Viv the Shiv giving me the LEAD JAM signal.

The amazing BF Bam Bam, who was our bench coach at our first home game! So fun to play against!

Trying to squeeze through. Pretty sure I got taken out on this one.

Andi Linquent giggles during her bench time 😉

Skunky and Rebbles, post game!

My favourite photo of the night. Group hug after the game!