Happy birthday blog!

I can’t believe it’s been a year!

Tomorrow will mark the anniversary of when I attended my first derby organization meeting. While some who I met that night have moved on to other activities in their life, there are others who were at that meeting that I’m so very happy to be still skating with today.

Never in my life have I met so many women, in such a short span of time. Never in my life have I been surrounded by such amazing women, whose backgrounds have a wider span than a thousand hands. Never in my life have I seen so many women work so hard together towards a common goal, with such dedication and determination. Never in my life have I connected with so many women, not only gals in my league, but women from neighbouring leagues and then worldwide through this blog and Twitter & Facebook.

An equally surprising new set of family I’ve encountered are the derby boys. The zebras, coaches, helpers & even derby widows who are a part of our league and from other leagues are a special breed within themselves. They are like our big brothers and little brothers (depending on their size while on skates ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). They fix our furnaces (thanks again Hugh Johnson), make sure all our cars start & leave the parking lot safely after -30 late-night practices, are always willing to volunteer to clean fresh meat gear & set up the track and finally, give us skating tips & put up with our girlpack mentality when they travel out on the town with us.

I am so honoured to have met you all!

Reading through my first couple posts I’m depressed to remember at this point last year I was skating outside. With ominous piles of snow still looming on my front lawn the sloth-like feelings are overbearing my desire to skate.

Unfortunately, we only have three scheduled practices this month. So short of a major chinook coming in and melting all the snow, or more trips to Medicine Hat for practice, I’m wheeless for a while.

The good news is tonight the team is officially starting our dryland practices, which will focus on core strength, among other things. Super excited to get started on that because, afterall, bikini season is coming!!!

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