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February 28, 2018

Somewhere between my “Good practice”and my first intra league bout something shifted.   It wasn’t only a mental shift, but an all around acceptance of where I was and where I could go from there.  In my mind there was only one direction: up. 

Derby stops...

February 28, 2018

I am a big proponent of failing gracefully and in a productive way, but sometimes it’s just simply not that easy to accept that this is the way things work. In order to succeed, you must fail many, many times.  Even a rose has a whole bunch of dirt to push through befo...

February 26, 2018

     I was still pretty shocked I had retained all of the skills necessary to pass my MST only two practices back, and it spoke to the importance of good skill development beyond just simple athleticism.  I had a lot of building to get back up to the endurance level I...

December 4, 2017

The first time I laced up my skates after my injury it was like spending time with an old friend.  Almost 4 months to the day that I broke my foot I returned for open skate.  I was greeted by the same warmth and smiles that were there the very first day I ever showed u...

November 6, 2017

Everybody heard it.  There was an audible pop and then I came tumbling to the floor.  And I think the most frustrating thing about it was that I wasn't on skates, no cool story, and was in our off season.  It happened barefoot on a gym floor during a warm-up.  Ugh....

October 23, 2017

How many times have you packed your workout clothes for vacation only to reflect when you return they were just taking up much needed space for souvenirs and shoes? Well, I have done it many times having been bit hard by the vacation bug the minute I land out of my nor...

April 28, 2017

We all land hard at some point in our derby career. Knee pads are one of those staple protective items that you don't want to skimp on. They protect your joints from impact, and the older you get, the more likely your knees will become a barometer, as you start to feel...

April 24, 2017

Me: I’m sorry.

Shisa Beast:  There is no ‘I’m sorry’ in Derby. 

Ahhhhh.  So refreshing.   In this world of political correctness and way-too-easily offended snowflakes, derby offers a venue to just be human and let that id and ego hold hands and play for awhile.   O...

April 11, 2017


   My first practice was so exciting, I felt like I had found my long lost sport.  I couldn’t wait to skate again.  Many girls who start roller derby have come from other sports or would probably consider themselves athletic in nature, but this is not my story....

April 4, 2017

Wheels tend to be the first upgrade skaters make, but with so many options on the market, you'll need to be armed with a few numbers and basic concepts of physics.


The number followed by "A" refers to the durometer of the polyurethane, or hardness. A higher numb...

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