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The Myth of Seasons and Rules

20 Dec

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I continually hear two things from people who play derby.  1)”Why can’t roller derby have a season like every other sport?” and 2)”No other sport has a rule book like this”.  I am here to debunk both of these statements.  I think perhaps they come from the throws of derby folks who have discovered team sports as adults.  This is not their fault, I speculate it is because the majority or derby players are women and so many women were not brought up to play sports like men have been.  It seems it is often a compulsory activity for boys, sign them up for some team sport, whether it’s baseball, soccer, football or hockey, doesn’t matter.  It also doesn’t matter how long you do it for, you still learn the universal lessons of being involved in a team sport, even if you only play for a couple of seasons.  Look, I am generally speaking from personal experience here.

Things were like this for me when I was growing up, and I suspect I was in a transitional generation when it came to sports.  You could play rec league whatever, or you could play travel.  I did both, and as a girl child I got conflicting messages from my coaches.  On the rec league we got the much more laid back opinion that sports were not serious for girls, just something to be done for fun.  If you didn’t make it to practice or had some other things to do, it was cool.  Now my travel team coaches had a much different perspective, sports were super serious, practice was not an option, and you must be committed if you wanted to get anywhere.  What were the prizes we played for?  College recruitment of course! And if we worked hard enough and were ever so lucky enough, money to go to college.

When I say it was a time of transition, what I mean is that you could easily play your sport for whatever season it was assigned and do whatever the rest of the year.  As I grew older though, it became increasingly difficult to keep up if you did that.  Sure, you’d be fine in your little home town bubble, but home town heroes didn’t get recruited anymore.  Slowly but surely I started out playing softball first in the spring, the designated “season”, then I joined the travel team, and my summers got sucked up too.  All of a sudden that wasn’t good enough anymore either, because you know, they play year round in California and Florida.  So “fall ball” came into my world.  And before I knew it I was in the indoor training center all winter, and well so much for the “season” of softball.

Now go ask the parents of any kid who seriously plays a sport.  There are no such thing as seasons if you want to compete.  Sorry.  That doesn’t mean you can’t be a big fish in your small pond.  It just means you have to be on your game almost year round to play with the big kids.  So to me the question is not why there cannot be a season.  Because there can be, but someone, somewhere will always push the envelope and you will need to decide if you want to keep up, or you want to take a break.  That is totally up to you.  It is NOT up to the sport to be held back, nor is it up to you, that the folks who want to play more should be confined to a season.  Sorry, as long as there are people who want to keep getting better, there will always be opportunities to play out of “season”.

As far as the rule book goes, I dare you to go read the rules from another sport.  I know because every season I read the high school softball rule book, and guess what?  It’s long and complex and every year things change! GASP!  This is the nature of every sport.  Not just derby, it evolves.  Rules change for many reasons, sport watchability, safety, time, you name it.  Do you know how long baseball has been played in this country? At least since 1791.  Do you think if you looked at a rule book, even from ten years ago it would be the same as today?  Oh heck no! Players change, equipment improves, training evolves, venues change, and well so do the rules.

So next time someone complains about seasons or the rules of derby, just remember that this sure as hell is not the first sport to come along to evolve, it’s just the nature of sport to do so.  If you don’t like it you will get left in the dust of change.

Oh and while we are at it…playing a game once a month is NOTHING.  Try playing four or five games in a day, then get up at six AM the next day to do it all over again, then come complain to me, I MIGHT be sympathetic.

Let the Journey Begin

16 Sep

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Since I am 27 days from my due date, it feels like it’s time to start really honing in on things and getting ready for this baby.  I coached my last derby games, and have begun my informal leave of absence.  I still plan on being active on the board of directors and coaching committee, but I need to stop being committed to practice attendance because I could be having a baby any time now.  In the meantime I have a lot to do to get ready.

I still have to set up the nursery, although, at least it is painted.  I have the bassinet constructed and in our new bedroom, but I still need to put together the changing table, organize baby clothes and supplies, and figure out the car seat situation.  Our house is still in a general state of chaos because of the construction so we are working on organizing everything, not just the baby room.  We also need to get ready for winter which is sneaking up on us, as it does so often in Tahoe.

If that is not enough, Mike is working full time and I have opened my new fitness center.  I spend most days there, signing up members, and planning events and classes, and all the million tasks that go along with business ownership.  So for a time, derby will take a back seat.  It’s nearly impossible for me to keep my hands out of it though, so I certainly won’t be disappearing from the league anytime soon.  I plan on returning to skating as soon as I can post birth.

As far as my fitness and activity level, well I worked out diligently through my second trimester, and I really felt good.  Once the lease was signed for the business, I started devoting inordinate amounts of time to that and my regimen fell off.  Mind you I was hauling fitness equipment around almost every day, and wasn’t inactive by any means.  I was, as of last week, still attending up to three practices a week, leading off skate once a week, and skating as much as possible, I just wasn’t as active in the gym as I had been.

Now that my fitness center is up and running, and awesome, and I am actually finding myself looking for things to do during the day, I plan on returning to gym duty.  Especially since I will likely be attending fewer practices.  I am aiming for one practice a week for now.  So today is day one of getting back on my gym routine.

I started with a 40 minute brisk paced incline walk on the treadmill.  My cardio has definitely suffered through this pregnancy, and I know some if it is due to the baby requiring more oxygen, and sitting on my lungs at times, but some of it is just plain de-training.  Running is a real challenge and even walking, now in my third trimester, can be tough, mainly because I feel like he is bouncing on my bladder.  The bouncing is horrible, not just the baby, but my boobs, and everything else.  I feel like the fat kid again, and I can’t wait to be able to work off some of this jiggle.

When I look in the mirror I can still see my muscles are there, but they are all covered in a layer of fat.  I am hoping that breastfeeding and working out can help me shed this layer fairly quickly.   After my treadmill time I did a strength training routine that composed mainly of large muscle groups in high reps, low weight range.  Because I’ve been off for a while, I didn’t push it too hard, and I now have something to build from.  Here is what I did today, belly and all:

Squats 2 sets 15 reps – bar 45#

Deadlifts 2 sets 15 reps – 30#(15# on each side)

Side Step Ups – 2 sets 15 reps – 20#(holding 10# on each side)

Lat Pull Downs – 2 sets 15 reps – 40#

Bench Press – 2 sets 15 reps – bar 45#

Standing Shoulder Press – 2 sets 15 reps – 20# (10# on each side)

This is all pretty light for me, but since I’m just working to maintain, not gain, and I’m 36 weeks pregnant I’m taking it easy and listening to my body.  I’ve been finishing up with a quick prenatal yoga routine from YouTube.

So I figure now is as good as anytime to start thinking about my journey postpartum.  As of today I have gained 30 lbs.  Babycenter.com says my baby weighs about 6 lbs now and I may lose up to 12 pounds of placenta, blood, and amniotic fluid.  So that leaves me with 12 pounds to loose to get back to my pre baby weight.  That’s not too bad.  Even being 146 pounds is not really that crazy for me, it’s a pretty standard de-trained weight for me.  The fact that I weight 4 pounds more now than I weighted at my highest fat kid weight is crazy too.  I can’t imagine being this big, sans baby.  It’s so hard to do the things I love, my thighs rub together uncomfortably and my arms jiggle.  I’m just so much happier being fit, and I am so happy I know that now, and know it is achievable.  I was finally able to wear a bra without underwire, and not be self conscious in a bathing suit, I actually had a visible six pack.

So as I was walking on the treadmill I decided I want to do the Ironman next year.  I have all the resources at my disposal and I watched some inspirational stories on TV today that prove to me I can do it.  In short I look forward to this journey, the new challenge of motherhood, and returning to all the activities I loved so much before, and new challenges. I’m pretty excited for this next chapter of life!

The Struggle is Real

12 Sep

I want to scream!  I’m filled up with anxiety, and disappointment, when things aren’t going my way.  Mostly because I am so full of hope and anticipation and I see a league full of people looking to me to make things happen.  This is my daily struggle with trying to make things happen for my roller derby league.  This time of year can be especially stressful, as the days shorten, and we skate in the dark, cold, autumish evenings, I stew.

How on Goddesses’ green earth am I going to find us an indoor practice space for the winter?  I have worked so hard, recruiting skaters all summer, raising them up right, to love derby and all it’s caveats.  Now, I need to find us a new home and I am constantly met with brick walls.  To be fair, I say I, but it’s we, and us, and all of the league who work hard to make this league exist and thrive.  It’s all those people who I worry for, including, selfishly myself, because I fucking love derby.  I want to play and compete so badly.  And, I want to do it here, where I live, in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, is that so unreasonable?

I try desperately to keep my cool, as we are told, “No” time and time again.  I don’t understand why.  I wrote a beautiful facilities proposal, I dressed professionally, I was polite, I explained we are adult men and women who want to play a highly organized sport, but I barely get the word roller derby out of my mouth and I can see their eyes go wide and their palms sweat.  I am tormented by misconceptions, and stereotyping.  I also have seen the dark side of community bureaucracy, I have no power and they have it all.  All these facilities, and public spaces we pay taxes for or off limits because of someone or some groups’ power and control issues.   The real burner is that in this time of economic struggle in our community due to the national economic climate and few lousy snow years, we have built this thing, this league that is self sustaining and thriving and willing to pay for space in a struggling rec department or city building, or anywhere for that matter.

On top of our willingness to pay for space and time, is the fact that we are a fantastic organization.  Not to toot my own horn or anything, but we are.  Sierra Regional Roller Derby is a sports league founded by women on solid principals of improving the quality of life for it’s members through sport, while contributing to our community.  I didn’t know these were such hated principals.  To be fair, it’s not just derby I’ve had this issue with.  Trying to find practice and game space for my high school softball team has been a struggle as well.  Forget about trying to organize anything for the kids outside of the school setting, I have thought about it, and cringed at the idea because of the response I get from the Tahoe City PUD to even using a field for a game.  This is why I think things are really broken.

All these organizations that are supposed to be bettering the lives of the citizens through sports and recreation are really letting us down.  I have to say there have been some within the organizations who have tried to help us, so they are not all bad eggs.  The unfortunate thing is, if I wasn’t such a stubborn mule, I would have quit trying long ago.  So in that vein I just need to say these things, here and now and get them out in the open so there is no misunderstanding.

1) We WILL NOT fuck up your floor.  You know who will?  That kid playing basketball with rocks stuck in the tread of his shoes.

2) We ARE NOT out of control freaks on skates.  As a matter of fact, it is likely I skate better than you walk…yeah I’m not kidding.  Our new skaters are pensive and controlled as well, because we train them correctly.  We don’t just push people out there on eight wheels and say “GO! Play this really fucking complicated game, with tons of rules, on skates.”  So no, we will not crash into the wall…sorry to let you down.

3) I’m sick of having to justify what we do.  Yes, we are a membership based organization, and yes, we do charitable stuff, but really isn’t it enough that we are a sports organization?  Why do we have to do all this other stuff to be valid?  No other sport has to do that.  You try and organize a sports league and see how easy that is, I dare you.  Even a ping pong league takes work.

4) I’m gonna say it, and you are not going to like it.  Most of the people in charge are entrenched management and are stale, unwilling to embrace change, and ARE NOT athletes themselves, maybe they never were, or maybe they have forgotten.  I find it sad, and sick, that because you don’t understand something you would shut it down so quickly.  If you took the time to talk to someone who was into derby you may start to understand, but you don’t, and you should be ashamed.  What if it was your daughter or grand child?  Wouldn’t you want them to have the opportunity to pursue their passion?  Wouldn’t you fight for it?

5) Sports are empowering, inspirational, motivational, and so many other positives, I could go on for days.  Derby is the greatest example of this.  I have personally seen lives transformed by derby.  Heck, my life was transformed by it.  Telling any group of people that their sport of choice is not worthy of the use of a space but sport x,y,z are OK, is discrimination, plain and simple.  If there is some sort of stereotyping going on about the type of person that plays derby, well no one has said that to my face, but I suspect it exists.

6) It’s been said a thousand times before but derby is NOT anymore dangerous or violent than any other sport.  Learn the game people, before you judge.  I’ve played volleyball and softball my whole life as well as been a and am a skateboarder and snowboarder, I have sustained WAY more injuries in my other sports than derby.  I have also seen way more injuries in my other sports than derby.  In softball I have broken my nose, almost all my fingers, had chronic quad muscle injuries, and elbow tendonitis.  Same for volleyball, considering they are similar ball sports, it’s not really surprising.  Volleyball also contributed to my knee bursitis.  In Snowboarding I broke my wrists three times, and had a concussion.  Skateboarding was mainly scrapes and scratches, but I wear protective gear, just like IN DERBY.  If you want to hear my list of witnessed injuries, well it’s HUGE.  Here are some especially memorable ones : I saw a softball hit someone in the hand, break her finger, exposed bone.  Tib/Fib break on a kid skateboarding, more exposed bone.  Volleyball, I have witnessed some of the grossest shoulder displacements I have ever seen, like your arm is backward dude….ugh.  But, I digress, the point is NO it is not anymore dangerous than any traditional sport, and we wear full protective gear.

At the time of this writing I am exhausted, and deflated, and I’m sick of begging.  I am grateful for what we have, and outdoor practice space in Truckee as long as the weather holds, and two hours a week in Incline.  The reality, though, is we cannot grow our league on that.  We need three solid practice days a week for the multiple levels of practice we need to hold, in an indoor space.  I won’t give up, I will keep bugging the crap out people in my most professional manner.  I get beat down too though, and to hear a yes would rest my heart so.  It’s a thankless job, but I’m not in it for the thanks, I’m in it because I love the sport, and I know other people will too if they just give it a chance.

I’m Not Perfect…My Adventures in Prenatal Fitness, and Life.

11 Jul

     It’s been a difficult road to navigate, this pregnancy thing.  First off, being a fitness professional and an athlete and watching your waistline expand is exceedingly stressful!  I think we all have these preconceived notions about what we will do and not do while we are pregnant, and what kind of a parent we will be.  Some of that has gone out the window for me, but I never judged others, so to be fair, I think I get a get out of jail free card on that one.  I kind of always knew, I could never relate to what other people go through because everyone’s situations are so uniquely different.  So here are 5 of my successes and 5 of my failures (read: things to improve on) so far in pregnancy and fitness.

Successes:

1) I’m still working out regularly and staying active.  For safety and sanity I have reduced my training load and volume from 3-5 days in the gym to 2-3 days a week.  I’m now skating 1-2 times a week, as opposed to 2-4 times a week.  I have cut my sets down to 2, and I’m not doing a bunch of extra cardio-interval training.  I can still see my muscles, mind you they are covered in a layer of fat now, it’s like before I started cutting, but they are there.  I am at least maintaining.

2) I am eating relatively well.  Nothing had gone off the crazy end in the kitchen, mainly I attribute this to a long standing lifestyle.  There is no way in hell I could have tried to become healthy while pregnant, I don’t recommend it.  At least for me, I was so crazy with hormones the first couple of months, and also sick, I’m glad I already had an established routine.  

3) I’m remaining as active as I can in my responsibilities; SGF&A, SRRD and derby.  I’ve attended a WFTDA ref clinic and been reffing and coaching and training as much as I can.  I’ve been working the adult league softball games in Tahoe City, and planning and negotiating for the future of SGF.

4) I’m not really scared of birth.  I feel strong, and prepared, like I was meant to do this…. most of the time.

5) I think we have a good thing going!  My life is stable and ready for this change, and my hubby is the best.  He will be a great dad and I will be the best mom I can be.  Our home is rad, what kid wouldn’t want to grow up in Tahoe.  And our families love and support us.

Failures (to be improved):

1) I let my hormones get the best of me sometime.  I’ve been getting depressed, it’s not so bad now, but I really struggled for a couple of months there.  It’s like I knew if I could only get off the couch I’d feel better, but It was really hard.  Thank god for my coaching job, it forced me out the door daily, and gave me some physical activity.

2) Sometimes I eat and drink things I know I shouldn’t.  Sushi, soft cheese, caffeine, a sip of wine, I’m sorry.  I really am!  I know people have strong opinions about these things on both sides of the spectrum. I don’t care to debate, I’m doing my best, considering the depression and god awful fatigue I am sometimes suffering from, it’s a constant struggle to remain sane.

3) I wish I was more productive.  I mean I still get a lot done but I feel guilty when I nap in the middle of the day, or ignore things because I’m easily stressed.  I should be promoting my training more, but I honestly feel a little embarrassed soliciting new clients when I’m so…..round. 

4) I wish I was giving more time to my spirituality and wellbeing.  I’ve been saying I would go to yoga, or practice meditation since day one.  I’ve not gone to one yoga class, and my meditation practice is sporadic at best.

5) I’m not helping enough with the house/home.  We are doing all this remodeling and my hubby has a bad back.  I should help more, even things like making dinner and making the bed would be a help.

Some of my fears are:

1) I am worried about the future of SRRD.  If I am not as available to keep it afloat, and do all the work will it continue to thrive?  Or am I being an over controlling worry wart?

2) I dream about playing derby and softball.  Will I be as good?  Will I be able to come back, harder, stronger, faster, better?  Or will it all be too much?

3) Am I over committing myself?  A new business venture, a new baby, the league.  It’s a lot, let’s pray for motivation not a break down!

     Only time will tell how this will all play out, but my sister says this will be my best year yet.  I just turned 33, on Tuesday, and 3 is my favorite number.  As she pointed out, two 3’s are pretty awesome!  Wish me luck!

Exercise, Sport and Fitness during Pregnancy

26 Dec

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So, this post has been brewing for a while.  Not to mention I was pretty sure I was pregnant about a week ago, I’m not, but I have been under a great deal of stress, and got a nasty cold that had me finding symptoms in everything.  I also had some strange back pain, and I have to admit, if pregnancy causes me to feel as crazy and shitty as I have for the last two weeks, goddess help me.  I am steadily on the mend now, and preparing to play in a tournament this weekend.  As a personal trainer who specializes in women’s fitness and sports performance it is inevitable that I have clients who either are or become pregnant.   This “condition” also befalls my team mates and players on the derby track.  This article is an examination on the perceptions, misconceptions, and truths of women in fitness, sports, and specifically Roller Derby as they pertain to pregnancy.

Before I educated myself, I truly believed that pregnancy was a death sentence when it came to physical fitness or even average body composition.  Pregnancy meant inability to lose weight, never having time to get fit or play sports once the baby came, and never having time to eat healthy to lose weight.  These misconception mainly came for the misguided musings of the women I grew up around, many of who yo-yo dieted and never really figured out how to take care of themselves, often using child-bearing as an excuse for poor eating habits and physical fitness.  I don’t envy the women of the 80’s and 90’s, they were bombarded by misconceptions in the media, and sold tons of BS products all the while dealing with the emergence of impossible body images as run way models and actresses they loved starved themselves, sometimes to death, and the invention of Photoshop (gasp!).

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Love this one of Britney, as if women don’t have enough body issues, let give them impossible body standards!

But I digress, in my CPT training I learned how to implement changes for a lifetime, how to make slow steady and permanent progress, and how to take care of your body through nutrition while getting the desired result of physical fitness.  I also learned that it’s great if women work out before, during and after pregnancy.  Most scholarly articles today have moved beyond the question “Is exercise safe for pregnant women and their babies?”, because it is, and onto more specific areas of discussion, like how much, how often, modality, etc.  The ACSM published an article in 2006 called Impact of Physical Activity during Pregnancy and Postpartum on Chronic Disease Risk , this article noted that, “the overwhelming results of most studies have shown few negative effects on the pregnancy of a healthy gravida, but rather, be beneficial to the maternal-fetal unit.”  That’s great, but guess what, most people DON’T read scholarly articles on fit pregnancy.  Do you know how I know this?  Because I have experienced, first hand, bias against women who work out during pregnancy.  Let me back track a bit here.

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     As I mentioned I train pregnant women on occasion, I have done my home work, and my clients have consulted with their doctors to make sure working out is safe for them, and if they have any limitations.  There are general guidelines that are in place for example with my pregnant clients I am overly concerned with hydration, prescribing light to moderate intensity (depending on pre pregnancy training status), generally we focus on maintenance not gains, and balance for the ever-growing belly.  These are just some of the general guidelines for pregnant clients, each client is a unique case, who gets special attention depending on what they need.  I am guilty of laughing with my pregnant clients about the back lash against pregnant women who train.  See CrossFit Mom and Fit Mom, just to get a taste of the hysteria.    We giggled because we were enlightened, because science told me and their doctors told them, they can do pretty much everything they did before getting pregnant with some limitations and modifications.  But, mostly we laughed because we were athletes, surrounded by other female athletes, that “got it” and because we live in Tahoe were you ski until your dead pretty much and fitness is no so much a lifestyle choice as it just is who you are, and we play derby, so we are progressive and alternative and empowering and STOP!

My world just exploded, because I’ve been told that someone I know, who is pregnant, should not be skating and especially not coaching.  What would people think?  There have already been rumblings, and comments made.  Oh God! I want to scream, should she crawl into a hole until she gives birth!  Waves of anger, confusion, and disbelief passed, onto a realization that it wasn’t that these people are bad people, they are just totally ignorant.  They don’t have an understanding of what women should and shouldn’t be doing as far as exercise during pregnancy, and they are victims of the public misconceptions about pregnant women and fitness.  Not only that but the broader social misconceptions and stigmas attached to pregnant women in general.  Then I got to thinking that those stigmas are passed along through our culture in very subtle ways, like our language, and our interactions.  As women in a groundbreaking female dominated sport, maybe it is time for us to start rethinking the way we treat our child-bearing sisters.

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 I have seen women return to skating and activity very recently after having a baby,  I have also seen a couple of these women play the BEST games of their lives after giving birth.  Ok, so hormones can do amazing things, and it is well know you get those special new momma hormones and they make you a little bit more super, but!  BUT, there is no way you could return to activity at the highest level unless you made a commitment to stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy.  I also know women who can skate better than most people can walk, seriously.  Would you say walking is unsafe for a pregnant women?  And, well, who asked your opinion anyway?  I mean, do you really think a woman would put herself or her unborn child in danger? I don’t think so.  Chances are she has talk to her doctor, and is making good decisions for her unique situation.  To some of us, myself included,  fitness and sport are VERY important, I wouldn’t want to miss any opportunity to play or train .  Not to mention the tremendous benefits like mood lifting endorphins.  Is there any doubt that a little exercise would help with the dreaded peripartum and postpartum depression?

Let’s start with our language.  Do you know what pregnancy is commonly refereed to in roller derby?  The nine month injury.  The negativity starts there, and seems to grow.  All I am asking  is this, let’s get educated.  As athletes, and as women, we owe it to ourselves and our sport to behave as athletes.  Athletes understand that we are passionate about our sport and the training it takes, and that you can’t just expect a pregnant athlete to stop being active, nor is it the right or healthy thing to do in most cases. We need to change our culture!  Pregnancy is not an injury, nor is it a career ender.  It is just a natural part of what are bodies are made to do as women.  It makes us uniquely adept at certain things, and makes us special as athletes as well.  If the universe intended us to be weak, why do we have such outstanding physical potential and why does it make us happier and healthier to explore it?  Because we are not biologically meant to be weak and inactive!  I implore my sisters in derby and in fitness to help people to know the truth about fit pregnancies, and to encourage the understanding that it is safe and healthy, especially with the help of fitness professionals and your doctor.

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The Big Revelation

18 Jul

Ok, so it’s time to post my before and after photos of myself. First, a little back story.   I have been diligently going to the gym for about three years now.  I got my certificate from LTCC in personal training about two years ago, and it has been less than a year since I passed my ACSM CPT exam.  So after a year of trial and error, ups and downs, and figuring out what works best for me I decided it was time to quit messing around.

I started off lifting heavy, and realized that did not totally work for me, as I was gaining muscle and looking good but not really performing like I wanted to on the track and in the field.  Roller Derby is a unique sport in that it pays to be strong and strength training really helps with injury prevention but you also need to be agile and have quite a bit of endurance.  I was a little discouraged at first because although I was strong I didn’t want to muscle my way through every pack, I needed to work on my footwork and agility.  I slipped, I will admit it, somewhere around the end of last summer.  I was disappointed by how the season was going, I was swamped in running the league and my job.  I slacked through the fall and the holiday’s.  I went to Hawaii in January and was in the worst shape I’ve been in several years.

I returned with a new view for my future.  Things were changing at work, and in my derby life.  I made the gym my refuge from the stressful things going on in the two areas of my life I felt so committed to.  In June everything came to a head, I finally made the big decision to leave my job to take on running my own business and the new league.  I said goodbye to the Tahoe Derby Dames and started up Sierra Regional Roller Derby.  I began Stay Gold Fitness for real, as my own business.  In the gym,  I tweaked my program to be more for muscular endurance by upping my reps to the 15 to 20 range.  I got serious about my diet, and tracking my food and workouts.  I use an app called Shape Up for my diet tracking, and iFit for creating and tracking workouts.   I made a commitment to try out for team USA in August.  My days now are committed to building my new business, and league, as well as focusing on myself as a player.  I spend countless hours watching roller derby (thank you wftda.tv) and honing my skills and fitness on the track and in the gym.  I just ran the Tahoe Tough Mudder with my SRRD teammates, kicked some ass and had a blast.  I am looking forward to Rollercon in a couple of weeks, and then try outs.  There are so many good things going on, and I am putting my best body forward.  So without further ado… start weight is 148 pounds, and current is 130.  Go Me!

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