No matter how confident a skater may sound, she is lying when she says, “Oh no. It doesn’t hurt that badly. I’ll be fine!”
In her head and heart she is seriously wondering what is going to happen when she puts her skates on. She is honestly worried that she will not be able to push, turn or stop. Even if she can, can she cut? Juke? Thrust? Can she be an effective derby player, not just an effective roller skater?
I hobbled from my car to the rink. I hobbled through the rink to the locker room area. I did my best to tell everyone I was ok, just a little slip at graduation – nothing to fear! Inside though, I was absolutely trembling of what was to come.
I already have deep-seated fear issues from my injury last October that I have been diligently working on uprooting. Now I have a new injury? On the other side of my leg? That can be agitated from slipping in dress shoes? Well damn.
My team mates are awesome.
My coach, Jocelyn Bassler, told me to just be honest if it hurt too much. Captain Laverne N Surly told me to let Shots know if I needed a break during the game and not to feel ashamed about it.
Treasure Chest told me to ‘fuck it, man. Just go for it’.
She shrugged at me, as she does, and continued to gear up. I made the decision right then to do as she said.
I wrapped up the knee (Using some of the capsaicin in the mix which ended up being more burny than I EVER expected) and I gave it a shot. I drank my 24 Prepare/Hydrate mix to give me that spark of “Whatever! I have so much energy that I can do anything!” and I found out quickly that if I stayed low in PROPER derby position .. It really didn’t hurt. So much that even if I popped up for a quick move, it still didn’t hurt! Ok. Ok. I can do this. No fear. Aggression.
And then something even more amazing happened. The Dutchland All Stars clicked. We played like the team we can be. The defensive blocking was absolutely spot on. The offensive blocking was appropriate and controlled. The Cape Fear Roller Girls were awesome to play. Everyone had fun. Everyone played solid, hard-hitting derby.
Did shit happen during the game? Yes. It’s a high impact sport on roller skates. People get knocked around a bit. But there were not tempers flaring, which is the way I prefer my roller derby. I prefer it hard, fast and FUN.
I had my best bout in months. I had maybe my best bout EVER. I only got to jam seven times during the bout, but (with my family looking on) I was able to focus in to the strength and power that I know I have. I was able to score 70 points. I was able to get lead jammer 86% of my jams. I was able to juke and accelerate past opposing blockers. I was able to power through on starts, and take advantage of holes on my way through the pack.
Cape Fear had some awesome positional blocking and definitely played with my head on a few jams. They had some great heavy-hitters and some awesome recycling. They definitely kept me on my toes (and many times, on my behind). I felt like, for the first time in a long time, I was just really good at avoiding the hits coming at me, or rolling off the ones that hit, or absorbing hits as I worked towards the middle of the track.
It’s been a while since I felt very confident in my ability to misdirect my motion, or roll off of a hit to SUCCESSFULLY take advantage of a hole, but on Saturday I did it. It was also fantastic to hear (every time I passed the bench when she wasn’t on the floor) Treasure Chest yelling: “You got this!” “One more lap!” “You’re faster than her!” “Push!” “Don’t you call it!”
My team mates did a lot of amazing stuff too – I have to throw a shout out to Marie Antiothreat who, in a moment of amazing awareness (with just herself an Bayou on the track in a power jam situation) – was able to knock the jammer out of bounds at the edge of the engagement zone so hard that the jammer fell. This gave Marie the opportunity to not just run back TO the pack, but she was able to Mohawk along the inside line PAST the entire Cape Fear team to force the jammer almost 20 feet BEHIND the pack. It was pretty glorious, I have to say.
So this was Saturday against Cape Fear. It was a great confidence boost for going into Spring Roll (which the goal there is – HAVE FUN). I know that my quick twitch endurance is not what it should be (these injuries have really halted my plyometric routine) but I am focusing on getting that stronger currently.
I also have to say that this time around I was on my usual routine of tabs (Multivitamin, Cell Activator, Herbalifeline, Total Control and 2x a day dose of Niteworks) and I felt a definite alertness difference. I didn’t even need the LiftOff that I had made for the second half. My long endurance was fantastic. My short burst was still very good – I just forget that when my short burst is good it means I push harder.
So sites are set on Spring Roll. Nutrition is getting a bump this week (less carbs, more protein, more veggies) and I guess we’ll see what happens next!
I’ve done a series of articles in the past through the Examiner.com site about how to overcome lethargy and it’s a very very difficult thing to do. I wanted to revisit the topic and since I’m sitting here, partially wishing that my practice would be cancelled due to icy conditions, I thought this would be a great time to remind myself to ….
Rule #1: DO IT ANYWAY
Even if practice were to get cancelled tonight, that would just mean that I would have to go to the gym and get a workout that way. The rules of physics apply to our bodies as much as they do to inanimate objects. A body in motion stays in motion, while a body at rest … you get the picture. You don’t feel like it? TOUGH! There are plenty of people who don’t feel like it and are doing it anyway.
Rule #2: Nutrition nutrition nutrition
Sure you may think that Red Bull is going to make you peppy for the rest of the day, but what happens when you crash out because of the blood sugar drop? The only way to truly fend off lethargy is to have awesome nutrition and keep that carb count LOW. If you’re not taking multivitamins 3 times a day, if you’re not eating protein-intense mini-meals throughout the day, if you’re not drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water a day… you really need to REBOOT the way you think about your diet!!
Rule #3: Sleep Now
You only slept 5 hours last night? Well no WONDER you’re lethargic! Why are you not sleeping much? If you find that you wake constantly through the night, your mattress, pillows or other support could be in need of updating.
Do you snore? Perhaps your septum is deviated and it’s blocking your air flow.
You just find that you have too much on your mind? End each day by writing down the five things that you need to do the next day, so that you have a plan when you wake up. Also, creating a daily routine and writing it down can help your nerves tremendously.
You work out super late and are too amped up? Make sure you are doing something for recovery when you’re done your workout, include sugar so that your blood sugar will drop and result in you getting tired. You can also get used to taking some calming herbs like chamomile, valerian root and jujube. (PS Herbalife has some great natural calming remedies that I can attest to their amazingness.)
Rule #4: Positive Thinking
What? Positive thinking? I’m going to ‘ think positively; about not being tired?
By maintaining a good and healthy attitude during everyday life, you will be naturally energized. Haven’t you noticed that happier people tend to have more energy? It’s cyclical! They’re happy because they have energy to use in happiness and they have energy to use because the happiness creates it!
Don’t believe me? For the next 7 days I challenge you to not complain and every time you hear anyone say anything negative, make it a point to move away from their negative energy. For the next 7 days do positive affirmations and be very self-aware. Every time you think anything negative or start to complain, stop yourself in your tracks and say to yourself “I will have a positive attitude.”
Maybe you think it sounds silly, but I have tons of energy thanks to doing all of the things on this list. So… I may be silly, but I can be super productive!
Feel free to leave comments below on what some of your favorite ways are to maintain energy or over come lethargy!!!