Derby Bout

Image by Athena Photography
Remember how I took up roller derby?

Last night the Best Husband Ever and I attended our first derby bout with some friends.  It was awesome.  The team I'm now officially a member of lost, but it was super fun to watch.  

People that I've told I'm doing derby have responded with some mixture of shock, horror, and awe.  They think that, I believe, that I'm already doing the high-contact aspect of the sport. 

Let me set the record straight -- I'm not.  The league requires participants to go through rigorous training, and you have to pass rigorous tests (both written and on wheels) before being allowed to even practice scrimmaging, much less skate in a bout.  So I'm not body checking anyone.  What I am doing is getting comfortable on my skates, drilling, practicing planned falls, and doing my share of unplanned falling, too. 

It rocks.  And I'm already musing if it's possible to roller skate and dance with my hoop at the same time . . . 

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