I did it!
After 6 months of skating with the Derby Justice League, cheap skate night at the rink, and on the bike paths, I finally got to tryout for the league and I passed!
I’m now officially a “prospect” on the league, which means I can now participate in practices and trainings. I still plan to keep reffing if time will allow, as I love my DJL crew. Between practice, DJL, and the upcoming Bettie Fit off-skates workouts (oh yeah, and work) my schedule will be packed! I’ll have to see how this works out. I already know that my work schedule won’t let me do all of it all the time, but I can at least do some of it most of the time.
The first day included the minimum skills that I already knew I could do, plus some I hadn’t done before, specifically hockey stops and power slides. I did better than I thought at some things and not as well as I know I could have on other things. But that’s how it goes, right? I did get some good feedback on my plow stops and also my hip bumps. That was good to hear because I had so little experience with contact prior to about a month ago.
The scrimmage was a challenge. My main goal was to skate safe and not be a hazard to other people. Based on the fact that I wasn’t pulled out part way through, I think I succeeded at that. I tried to look around, stay with someone, help my jammer, block their jammer…OMG. There is sooooo much happening at once. I need a few more sets of eyeballs. I also realized how two minutes can feel so long when you’re skating in a jam, yet so short when you’re trying to catch your breath after the last one.
Overall, lots to improve on but I’m proud of myself. I did something new even though it was scary. I took feedback and tried to use it. I got knocked around and kept getting up. I was told by a pretty heavy hitter that I don’t go down easily (at least not in the first half). I’m proud that I fed and hydrated myself well enough to get through the weekend without any issues (no headaches and minimal dizziness). I’m also happy that with all the knocking around, I only have a few bruises and soreness–no sharp pain anywhere, no limping.
Mostly I’m proud that I kept working on being a better skater and learning the game when I could have shrugged and walked away in January when I got sick. Or maybe I couldn’t. I tend to be stubborn when I put my mind to something.
Now comes the good part where I get to attend practices and learn how to do better!