Super Hero Strength= Roller Derby
Monday, November 03, 2014
At the age of 55yr I needed to added more exercise and made the choice to join Cherry City Derby Girls. I spent 2wks in "boot camp", working out, watching videos, and learning about derby. However, at the end of the 2wks. I was asked not to skate because my balance was so bad. I spent a month working out while everyone else skated. I sat on the sidelines and watched them do what I wanted to do so badly.
I was finally given the go ahead to put my skates on only to discover that I was not able to go even 6ft. without losing control. I spent a couple weeks in tears every week because it felt like I was skating on ice with roller skates not ice skates. One night a team skater suggested using her outdoor wheels (softer, squishy) which give a new skater better traction. We put them on and I was able to skate around the entire track.
After a year and 1/2 while I'm not the fastest or most amazing skater I'm still there. I have fallen a couple times and for this old body falling leaves me sore for several days later. I am back to being scared of falling and have let it rule my skating.
I was given an award at our annual banquet and it simply says "Derby or Die Trying". I need to remember what it felt like to take a whip from my trainer, remember how it feels to hear all my teammates cheer me on from the inside track.
My lesson to myself and I'm saying this to oREO Speedswaggin Lvl1 roller derby girl. You are strong, you are capable, you are one bad Derby Girl and its time to show the new girls who you are. You don't give up or give in so put those skates on and skate unafraid.
PS: Your dad didn't teach you to give up. He taught you to get back on the horse and show him who it boss.