|The Charmers didn’t come away with a win in our April bout against the Dollys. But we also didn’t come away with a case of the sads because it was still such a great game. The gap wasn’t as big as the previous bout and it felt so great to be back on skates again. I didn’t feel like it was my best game, I seemed a little hesitant but I think that’s expected after such a long break and with an ankle that’s not 100%. I was really proud to see my wife Razorbec out there on track with me even if she did lure me into performing stop block. It was also an awesome first for SSRD as it was our first home game without any ring-ins for our skaters or refs. I’m so proud of how far the league has come over the last 2 years and very glad to have been a part of it.
In the last 4 minutes of the bout, like an idiot, I took another nasty tumble onto my arse(nel). It’s still tender now and taking a subsequent fall on it two weeks later at training probably has not helped either…I’m so frustrated that I have developed the bad habit of falling backwards after so much time doing it the right way. It has been theorised that perhaps I am being extra protective of my glass ankle which is why I’m showing a preference or going back instead of to the front or side. Or perhaps my new compression pants were making me feel overly confident, nay invincible, which lead me to attempt an ill fated triple axel jump. Either may be true but I better snap out of it soon because I’m tired of sitting on cushions and groaning every time I get out of a chair (which I may or may not have done long before I hurt my bum).
After seeing this bouts photos and comparing them to past bouts I am now officially convinced there is no such thing as a blocker glamour shot, at least not in full blocking flight.
When I first started bouting I was a little(a lot) more self conscious, a little(a lot) more worried about what I would look like on track. I would always ask myself if my thighs looked too big, if my back fat was obvious or if my mouth-guard was making me look like a cave woman. In the last few months I have finally come to the realisation that I don’t really care anymore. Sure it would be nice to have a photo taken as a graceful jammer making my way around the track. Honestly though, would I want to sacrifice going for a massive and potentially effective block with face screwed up and double chin ahoy for the sake of a nice photo? Hell No. I would rather pay the iron price for letting that shit interrupt my game.
At the end of the day, the satisfaction from playing a really good game lasts a shit load longer than that of seeing a pretty picture.
Having said that, I am on the weight loss and fitness train again in anticipation of TGSS. Being off skates for 8 weeks, without exercise takes it’s toll on your body. This time I’m opting not for “the 12 week challenge” but am using “my fitness pal” instead. It’s a free service to track exercise and food It’s a bit more realistic than the 12 week challenge and I’m actually enjoying tracking my food properly. If anyone else out there is using it or wants to try it with me give me a yell because I can always use more motivation and support :)
Speaking of TGSS, The Great Southern Slam is now less than 4 weeks away. The nerves are starting to set in. I know It’s going to be tough but I’m pretty sure it’s also going to be extremely rewarding. The atmosphere at training at the moment is great. Everyone is pulling together and putting in enormous effort. This is my first interstate bout with the league and I’m really looking forward to it as a bonding experience. I thought it was a big event last time but I know this year is going to be mental ! Bring it on ladies !
In other news I finally put aside some time to update the new South Sea Roller Derby website. I’m pretty satisfied with it, it’s a lot brighter than my last attempt. No doubt in another 2 years I’ll want to remake it again.. If I’m still on skates that is… *hump wood*.
On that note I bid you farewell. I will try to get in another post before I leave for TGSS and/or at TGSS and/or just after TGSS. but totally before I bugger off to Japan.
p.s I will eventually tire of using game of thrones puns and references, but probably not until season 2 ends :p