killabrew wrote:Being a zebra, our skills are different (and in many ways) weaker than derby girls. But damn, she's spot on! Hit the gym, repeatedly, quit smoking (I want to and will put forth serious effort if someone wants to join me), READ THE FUCKING RULES!, and think about how you can manipulate them to your advantage. If you haven't seen the end of the merby bout during Spring Roll, look it up and check out their strategy. Us refs have been discussing it (8 pages so far of discussion) on the wftda boards. Some teams have entire committees tasked with strategy.
Be strong, then get stronger!
Ida Backoff wrote:For those newer skaters who are not yet doing some serious cross training let me tell you a story.
Two Junes ago there were these ladies named Nell and Mel who would lecture us after every practice-workout outside of skating ladies, you just cant skate ladies, ride your bike, run, hit the gym ladies. Ida said, "whatever, my fat ass is lucky to be skating at all, this is the most activity I have done in my life" and I could not keep up and fell out and they shook there head and wondered if I would make it. A year later I skated my first B bout and a few bouts after but did not get a lot of game time, usually one every 6 lineups AT THE END OF THE SEASON! I did this with doing some cardio two of the days I did not skate and some targeted weights.
This year when we had our first bout the derby wife said, did you see how worn out we were, tired? I went back and looked at the bout again through those eyes and said shit she is right and decided to make change. I have lost 10% of my body weight since the first bout of 2012. I am 5lbs away from my first benchmark goal of 200lbs- I was 238 on New Years Day. I am stronger, I can endure more on the track, and I am fighting my ass off to be in every other lineup up for each A game. I am not there yet but I hope to be soon. What all of this training is also doing is getting me in a better mindset. I can push myself harder, I am trying things I used to say "I can't do". I am happier, I do not bring as much garbage to the track because I am getting it out in the gym, which I think makes my teammates happier with me when we skate.
I am not trying to preach, but cross training makes all of the difference in the world and covers at least two things on the list! Not only will you reap the rewards but I think your teammates will too!
YES!! I really want to do WoW on the non-derby days. It is kind of expensive, but I believe that Michael and April wouldn't turn anyone away. If you're interested in doing this with me, please let me know. Two summer's ago, I did WoW and lost 30 pounds over 2 months.
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