Archive for March, 2014

Friday 3/28, Saturday 3/29

Friday – Spin @ Cherry Creek Athletic Club.  (This is where Die works.  She let me visit.  Holy crap is it fancy!)

Saturday – Insanity Max Interval Plyo.  My left knee is hurting again – I can’t squat too deep. I KT taped it.  

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Wed 3/26 & Thurs 3/27

Wed – 2hr League Practice, 1hr FC practice

Thurs – Insanity Core Cardio & Balance (this is a recovery workout)

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Wed 3/19 – Tues 3/25

Wednesday, 3-19

  • 3 hr practice

Thursday, 3-20

  • ran 2 hr practice

Friday, 3-21

  • off

Saturday, 3-22

  • Bout

Sunday, 3-23

  • 1 hr practice
  • 1 hr scrimmage

Monday, 3-24

  • off

Tuesday, 3-25

  • Insanity Sports DVD (1hr)



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Sun 3/16 – Tues 3/18

  • Sun – FC practice, TT32 scrimmage, SBS
  • Mon – off
  • Tues – off (job interview)

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Friday, March 14-Saturday March 15

Friday – “off.”  Walked O’Reilly

Saturday – Insanity Max Cardio Circuit & Cardio Abs (65 mins of hell)

I really wanted to stay in bed this morning and pout.  Or finish my book.  I’m proud of myself for getting up and doing Insanity, and a tough one at that.  

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Thursday, March 13

“Restorative”  (Easy) Yoga

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Tuesday March 11 – Wednesday March 12


  • Insanity Max Interval Plyometrics (:55 minutes!  OMG!)


  • Misto “14” practice
  • Hr Fight Club Practice

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Thurs March 6 – Mon March 10

Thursday, March 6: Off

Friday, March 7: Insanity Cardio Recovery

Saturday, March 8: Reffed 6hrs

Sunday, March 9: 1hr Fight Club Practice, 1hr TT scrimmage

Monday, March 10: Ran LM practice, 1hr Contender Practice

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Double Threats, via Kamikaze Kitten

Double Threats, via Kamikaze Kitten

I’m not sure I’m experienced enough to comment on Kami’s idea regarding “AL,” but there are a couple of parts of this article I liked and that I think apply to playing derby, not just being a “Double Threat.”

1) Self-Talk.  I learned this from Raven LunaChic.  In 2013, the Contenders played PPDD’s Slamazons.  It was my first bout as Captain, and the first bout where I was in the primary jammer rotation.  We didn’t have She Who, Ho J, or Pippi, and I was feeling pressured to succeed.  I went to the penalty box four times as the jammer.  Oi.  Raven handed me the jammer panty and said “CALM DOWN.”  I went “oh.  ok.  calm down.”  And I did and I played fine the rest of the game.

2) Step One: Self Assess.  Step Two: Adjust.  I would break it down a bit more, to:

  • Step One: Be Aware.  Know what helps you succeed and what makes you struggle.
  • Step Two: Self-Assess.  If you are struggling (or succeeding), be able to identify why.
  • Step Three: Adjust.  And the more quickly you are able to do so, the better.

For me, I now know I jam better when I am calm.  At a recent home team bout, I had four jammer penalties in the first half.  I kept wracking my brain between jams, but I couldn’t figure out what was up.  I wasn’t stressed about the game, so I didn’t need to calm down, what was it?  At half time, two people approached me separately, but with the same advice.  (Gaygan and Dave Wood.)  They both told me to calm down.  Huh.  I realized I had indeed been playing frantically.  We were missing our three strongest skaters: Misto, Cass, and Bob.  I felt more pressure to play well, and as always: the pressure led to epic failure.  I calmed down the second half and played fine.

So.  Step One: I know that I jam well when calm.  Step Two: I am still working on being aware of this happening.  Step Three: I am able to adjust, but need to work on step two so that I can adjust more quickly.

In terms of blocking…  I’m still on Step One.  I don’t really know what I do when I block well, or what’s missing when I struggle.  For jamming: I need to quickly self-asses what’s interfering with success when I struggle.  (I’m still torn–maybe Kami is right and it is a two-step process.  I just feel like I know what it is, I’m just not always able to ID when it’s happening…)

So, I need to work on: becoming aware of why I block well/why I don’t and

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Wednesday, March 5

  • 2 hour Nona Practice
  • 1 hour Fight Club Practice

Energy level is pretty low.  Worried I’m not eating enough.  

Food Today:

  • 1 egg, 1 egg white, english muffin
  • apple, greek yogurt
  • Chicken, white rice, broccoli
  • Superfood Salad, Summer Roll
  • banana
  • Protein Shake (16 oz Coconut Milk, 2 scoops Vanilla Designer Whey)
  • Kind Bar

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