10 weeks in!!! This is crazy! The weeks have flown by it’s unbelieveable, I really feel awesome about derby right now. If you’d have told me at the taster session that I’d be where i am now, in only 10 sessions, I’d have laughed! The progress I’ve made and change I’ve seen and felt in myself are mega (do people still use ‘mega’ no?! oh well I’m bringing it back!) I know I still have a long loooong way to go on my derby journey but that’s all the better I don’t want it to end there will always be new things to learn and skills to improve on, not to mention more games to watch and people to meet!
Aaaaanywho enough of my derby loving rambling let’s get down to business - week ten bitcheeees!! This weeks session was purely skills training; find our weaknesses and improve on them ready for our assessment in 2 weeks (and to improve in general). We split into 2 smaller groups again this week and divided the hall with the curtain :)
- T-stops > Ok this may seem back to basics but oooft as ridiculous as this seems I was better at these in the early weeks than I am now :S something is amiss! So we were practising these with our right foot and our left! My left foot although scary to do wasn’t bad, I seem to stop quicker but a whole not noisier duh-duh-duh-duh you know the noise?! rubber on hard floor squeaking. Right foot is hit and miss sometimes I glide elegently to a stop other times I wobble to a slow down… practise practise practise! I know I have it in me my body is just being IGNORANT!!
- Plough stops > keep you feet closer together when you start your plow stop, really push your heels out and stay in a good low stance. If you listen to all that advice you are on the way to achieving a plough stop *thumbs up* if you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I’ve continuously struggled with these but I’ve kept at it and I’m proud to say I’m getting it :D WOOOOOOO!!
- Weaving > after last weeks serious sticky skate session (aliteration intended) weaving went pretty well, still takes me a few goes to get the rhythym but once I have it wooop I’m weaving like it’s nobodys buisness!
- Stepping (forward, backwards, sideways) > *headbutts wall* oooooh how I despise stepping! I’m still having issues with rolling forwards/backwards when I’m standing still, so stepping = roll roll roll! We had a couple of sticks (broomsicks to be more accurate hehe) lay down as a cross + on the floor so we could step around it, to the left, forward, right, back and repeat. Or if you’re me take a few mins to get one foot over then roll backwards yell at my feet then stumble the other foot across….. not so good! HOWEVER!! this week is full of positives (don’t you love those days!) got some great advice which I shall share with you lovelies! Keep low(yes this should be obvious by now) but it really helps keep your core strong and stable, but this next bit really has helped me with stepping like mad! MEGA help one would say (still tryna bring it back) keep your weight in your heels, feel where your heels are landing, an unusual thing in derby. But WOW did it help! I was stepping over so much better then I got told to lift my knees up high instead of leaning forward then lifting the other foot but to lift the leg up first then move it forward…this makes sense to me but it is extremely hard to explain :s oh well I tried :p
- Hopping > hopping whilst moving forward from one foot to the other over circle cones, didn’t find this tooooo difficult but I seem to have a tendency of gaining speed as I do it?! any advice on maintaining a controlable speed would be welcomed?!
- Jumping > SQUEEEEEEE been so eager to get to this point you have no idea!!! I JUMPED OVER A HUMAN BEING!!! not a standing one of course, a lying down brave one hahaha mind over matter :D they watched as we jumped some circle cones and decided we could clear them….they were right! HUZZAH! Even jumped over a higher obstacle, 2 bags on top of eachother. Seen a video clip of me doing this I def need to tidy it up but I’m proud none the less :D *proud glow* get low, jump upwards but also tuck your legs up it gives you more height and most importantly get low when you land; more stability and if you fall…less distance to the ground ;p
- Suicides > failed miserably at these tonight haha I tried but I really just cocked up, it was for a bit of fun at the end of training getting both groups back together, but oooft I was terrible felt I let my team down a bit but sometimes that’s gonna happen, no one was mad everyone messes up at some point.
- Free skate > we’ve had a little free skate at the end of a fair few sessions but I’ve chosen to mention this one as I shot some duuuuucks!! HELL YEAH! you know when you crouch down and stick one leg out in front and hold onto it, shooting ducks, or at least I know it as that. Yes I fell over instead of getting back up from it, but still…half way there :D
I fell over a lot this week, the most I have in any of the ten weeks, not complaining just stating a fact. Was very tired and the floor knew it!hahaha
Have to give some credit to our head Zeeb for the pic tonight, he’d made a few of my fellow fresh meat and me a ‘derby effect’ photo, mine was the two pics on the right; from my first week in fresh meat, and the night after my tenth session (a taster night for the next fres meat!!!!!) I’ve added the pic on the far left which is from the taster session. All I can say is wow, I don’t know if it really shows in the pics but my level of happiness has increased tenfold due to derby, I am the happiest I have been in a very long time. DERBY LOVE <3