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Archive for May, 2012

Break a skate lace. Replace it. Wish it had broken during pyramids to give you an excuse to skip a few laps. Consider cleaning your bearings and your wheels. End up not cleaning your bearings or wheels. Wash your pads and leave them out in the sun (if available). Buy new footless tights. Wonder if […]

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Maybe I should change the name of this blog from Little Anecdote to the above. I get so emotional, baby!  Okay, I mostly wanted you to start your long weekend with that video, with a hat tip to Sagiterrorist (my former teammate and doppelgänger). I maintain that it’s better to get my derby emotions out […]

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Playing with the big girls

After a few closed weeks, travel team waitlist skaters were allowed to skate in the travel team scrimmage hour last night. There are currently 27 people on travel team – 20 on the Wheels of Justice charter, and 7 on Axles of Annihilation only. So I guess they needed people for Wheels to beat up. […]

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You’ve heard all the basic advice before – drink plenty of water, don’t eat anything out of the ordinary, and don’t wear black.  You’ve planned for all this practical stuff. What else? Relax. Take some deep breaths, throughout the day and throughout the tryout. You got this. Visualize. See yourself performing the skills correctly and how […]

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Last night, all the Betties had one-on-one meetings with captains. I don’t know how everyone else’s went (geez, why didn’t I stay to gossip more?), but I got some feedback about my performance, and I an opportunity to bring up any issues. My feedback – I’m often the last line of defense, so when I’m […]

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The Betties beat GNR again this weekend, 175-129. Once again, it wasn’t even that close. Scald Eagle likes to score 30-point jams at the end of a game whether her team is down by 100, 80, or 27. And I can’t say I blame her – the people love it! And once in a while, […]

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For the last few months, I’ve really been beating myself up –  mostly emotionally, and especially in a derby context.  I’ve been of the mind that I’m not very good at roller derby. That’s stupid. My captains want to win games, and the Betties are good at winning. They’re not going to roster and play me if […]

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