Thursday, May 26, 2011

guess what?

great news to report on the blog... i am a bit late, but sooo much has happened in the last week and i wanted to soak it all in. i found out that i was going to get to take my assessment test for derby on tuesday... i found this out on monday... wow. i was so freaked! i went home that monday night and changed my wheels so that i could practice a bit outside. i tried to take it easy because i didn't want to hurt myself right before assessment!! tuesday at work i was super nervous. it was hard not to think about what i would be doing later that night. i tried to drink a lot of water so that i would be plenty hydrated. then, 5 o'clock came. since i live so far from our practice space, i usually hang with my mom or samantha until practice... since this was such an important day, i decided i would go there early.... i got there a little before 6 and i was supposed to be there at 7... hahaha. i just listened to music in my car for a bit and finally headed inside to catch the tail end of the figure skating practice. becka was in there too, so i was glad that i wasn't the only person super early. one by one, the other girls showed up.. before i knew it, the assessment had begun. all in all, it think i did pretty well... it lasted a whopping 3 hours! after the assessment, we all went to chili's for a well deserved beer... plus, we were pretty hungry! i went home with my nerves on edge... we had no idea when we would find out if we passed or not... i woke up and my stomach was in knots... all day, i kept checking facebook.... checking my email... finally... around 4pm... we got the email. i passed! i was so relieved and thankful. i passed my assessment after about a month of fresh meat practices. i still feel there is a lot i have to learn. i also really need to work on my endurance. i get tired pretty easily. i have let myself get out of shape. :(

we found out that we would be getting to play in a mock bout on saturday. there would be 2 teams... the hippies vs. the punks. i was put in as a hippie. oh crap! i had to pick a name. i already knew what number i wanted. (11-5) which is my birthday... i had tons of ideas for names rolling around in my head as well as a running list on my iPhone notepad... dave really wanted me to go with hot knife betty.... for some reason, i just couldn't commit to it, so i put my 4 favorite names up for vote. deathly harlow won by a landslide! one of our veteran skaters made an awesome suggestion to all of us though, see the below youtube video... now that would be an awesome name, although, i believe it is taken....


honey badger doesn't give a shit!!! 

the bout was saturday... as the weekend creeped up on me, i took friday off of work (more on that in a different post) and mentally tried to prepare myself for the bout. i got my shirt ready... dave helped with the stencils as usual (thanks babe!) and i tried to relax. i cleaned a lot on saturday and listened to dead reckoning (sookie stackhouse book) on my iPhone. finally, it was time to head out there.... dave couldn't come because he had to work. i went to my mom and dad's before.. my dad had a real bad cold, so they weren't going to be able to make it, but they fed me pizza and we talked a lot before i headed to the skating rink. 

when i got there, fellow hippies were already there. we claimed a 'dressing room' and got to work helping to set the track. that's hard work! finally, it was time to go get our gear on. at this point, i was a nervous wreck!! after everyone was suited up, we went out and warmed up. after warming up our muscles, we stretched... then it was time for the game!! they played the national anthem, we had a moment of silence for a derby sister's loss of her mother and then, we lined up for the refs to check our gear. i had to tighten my helmet, it was a bit too lose... then, we lined up again for the line up... i was one of the last ones. some of the girls thought it would be cool to throw flowers to the crowd since we were hippies. i thought it was an awesome idea!!! i was still so nervous, so i looked really mean and focoused, but i was really scared shitless!! they called my new derby name and i skated out and threw my flowers. it was such an empowering feeling... wow! such a rush. we all got to play all the positions... so i got to jam. omg... i messed up though.. not only did my feet feel like bricks, but i cut the track and was called to the penalty box... too bad i didn't realize... i just kept skating.. i was in the moment.. when i finally realized the ref was trying to get me to go to the penalty box. DUH. oops. i felt so stupid!!! i served my time in the box and when i was finally able to return to the track, i scored like maybe 4 point. whew.. at least i redeemed myself... kind of. hahaha. we lost pretty bad but i think that we learned a lot while we were out there. a lot of our time was spent in the penalty box for cutting the track and what not.. i just think we were all so excited!!it was a great night and i feel like i gained several points of experience in derby. below are some photos from red hot rage and mitch mccasland who were gracious enough to share with us.

about to hand out my hippie flowers photo by mitch mccasland
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team zebra photo by red hot rage

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photo by red hot rage

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photo by red hot rage

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photo by red hot rage

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photo by red hot rage

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photo by red hot rage

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photo by red hot rage

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photo by red hot rage

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photo by red hot rage

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photo by jay flowers

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photo by jay flowers

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photo by jay flowers

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photo by jay flowers

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photo by jay flowers

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photo by jay flowers

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photo by jay flowers

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photo by jay flowers

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photo by jay flowers

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photo by red hot rage

photo by mitch mccasland


ps... i hope you photographers don't mind that i used your images. i did credit you and really appreciate and admire your lovely work. in a lot of ways, these photos also help me figure out some of the things i was doing wrong, so again, THANK YOU!!!

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