Blister Count – 4
Bruises – 0
Many of you know WNST is a big fan of the Charm City Roller Girls and, if you have been to any of the bouts at DuBurns arena, you know we are not alone. The Derby Girls make a great night out for the family with a cheap ticket, cheap eats, lots of entertainment and genuine athleticism. It’s much different from the roller derby you may remember from TV. These bouts are played to win, with intense offensive and defensive strategy. Think of it a little bit like a football game with a line of scrimmage in constant motion.
I’ve decided to see what roller derby’s about from the inside. I’ve joined the Skater Tots. The Tots are the women preparing for the Roller Girls open tryouts in October. Thursday was my first day back in skates in almost ten years. The Tots gather for informal open skates twice a week at Skateland in Putty Hill plus there are skills workshop about twice a month.
My goal was to meet some of the other girls and test my balance and endurance. I felt pretty good about not falling and getting my crossover back until I took my rentals off at the end of the night. CARNAGE! That achy spot on my right ankle was a quarter-sized spot of skin slowly being rubbed away, plus a couple other random blisters. Another more formal practice on Saturday and I can barely walk, despite thinking I am in pretty decent shape.
I am sure there will be more humbling experiences to come. I’ll be stocking up on Band-Aids and Neosporin.