Start saving for that ticket to Barcelona

Barcelona announced as the host of first-ever World Roller Games in 2017

Start saving for that ticket to Barcelona. In 2017, they’re going to host the first-ever World Roller Games. according to this article.

And, apparently, there is an International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS).

This is amazing.

FIRS has ten roller disciples, one of which is roller derby. The others are:

  • Speed skating
  • Artistic (jam) skating
  • Rink hockey
  • Inline hockey
  • Inline downhill
  • Skateboarding*
  • Inline freestyle
  • Inline alpine

But we all know roller derby is the best one, right? 😉

This is actually a really cool thing that exists, and it gives you ideas for ways to cross-train that still involve skating. (Maybe not inline downhill. That sounds terrifying.) We do something like inline freestyle when we hang out at the skate park (Chicks in Bowls, anyone?), which has been wicked fun, even if a different kind of risky than derby. And I know of a guy who does a speed skating clinic down in Massachusetts that a number of Boston area skaters go to.

Anyone else out there do any of these? I’d love to hear from you as I’m super curious about the rest of these roller sports!

*I’ve actually toyed with the idea of picking up skateboarding, and this article from XO Jane makes me feel like I’m never too old and never too female to pick up the sport. Maybe I’ll do that this summer?

Baby steps

There’s about a million articles out there about changing your current habits (or creating new ones). Write on a calendar, make a gold star chart, set yourself reminders, et cetera, et cetera. And for anyone who’s trying to reach a new goal or build a new habit, I highly recommend to try them all out! See what works for you and what doesn’t. What I swear by might not work for you, and what doesn’t work at all for me might be just the thing for you.

(I like to treat life like one big science experiment, personally. Try all the things!)

Try all the things

(Man, I love science experiments.)

I think that the one thing that every successful new goal setting method has in common, though, is to take baby steps. You can’t expect yourself to just wake up and be able to run a 5k. (Well, okay. Maybe you can. I certainly can’t.) You’re not going to master calculus overnight. A sweater will not be the first thing you knit*.

I am not good at setting goals and actually remembering to do them. I’m absent-minded and I have to write it down in five places if I need to get something done. I’m terrible at habits–I set an alarm to go off at 9:30PM every day to remind me to take my Lantus, and I still manage to forget once in a while. You’d think I’d remember to take my life-sustaining medication, right? Nope. I am that level of absent-minded.

But I’m trying a new thing. Well, it’s not that new–it’s something people have been saying forever. Do it first thing in the morning. And I’ve always been like “I have no time in the morning; I’m slow and I get into work at 7:30.” (I’m really good at excuses.)

So this is cool because it has three effects: one, I’m getting out of bed ten minutes sooner by hitting snooze one less time. Two, I’m starting off my day with a little bit of exercise. And three, I’m actually getting in my small baby steps routine of side planks, lunges, and push-ups.

I shouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch. I think I’ve only been doing this for a week or so. My derby league has been focusing a lot on conditioning, since we don’t have a skating space right now. We didn’t focus much on off-skates exercise last season. And not that I’m complaining (I would so much rather skate than run), but we definitely do need more of that. It’s only going to help us if we get better at cardio, agility, and strength training. And some of the strength training we’ve been doing has made me realize how much I need to work more on my own.

I’ve always had a hard time with lunges. I have trouble with my form and it causes my inner thigh muscles to tie themselves in knots. So I don’t do as many lunges as I should because they’re difficult, when really I need to suck it up and do more so that they become less difficult. I asked the head coach what I should do to fix this, and he said that just doing a few every day will help for now. That’s my top priority right now. The push-ups and side planks I’ve added because I’ve lost a lot of the strength that I had built up at the end of last season, and I really miss being able to do a set of twenty push-ups.

Man, I am really starting to regret letting my end-of-season fitness go to waste…

*Actually, a sweater was the first actual project I knit. I didn’t know what gauge was and knit something three sizes too big for me. I don’t recommend doing it that way.

Catching up, now that I have a minute to breathe

Phew! Just to give you an idea of what’s been going on at my day job lately:

1. Had a work trip to spend a week in the UK with two days notice.
2. Had many days in the past few weeks where I’ve had to be up at 3AM for meetings (!)
3. Big push to get stuff done as we’re long past some deadlines resulting in aforementioned 3AM meetings and too much overtime for my liking.

In my personal life:

1. Snow. Lots of snow. All the snow.
2. We lack a skateable practice space right now, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t practicing:

(That’s me in the blue tights. I think my plank form needs work…)
3. Some, um, snafus with my health care coverage and diabetes supplies I paid $400 for a month supply of Humalog recently. Any Canadians want to marry me so that I can get in on your health care system?

I’m aiming to resume a regular blogging schedule. I think things have calmed down enough for that. I miss this blog!

In case you’re wondering where I’ve been…

Yes, this is another case of “real life is getting in the way.” I’ve had all the things going on at my day job lately–and by “all the things” I really do mean that; last week I had to get up at 3AM for meetings Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and at 5AM on Thursday. This is not the first time this has happened, but it is the first time I’ve had to do it so much in one week. It’s Saturday and my sleep schedule is still messed up.

As I once put it on Facebook: #internationaldepartmentproblems

So I need to take a little hiatus until this blows over (which I’m hoping will be very soon! It’s stressful having to work the normal working hours of another time zone).