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  • #46
    oh, and good luck.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by zoebird View Post
      i can't find descriptions of the hand signals yet. i'm sure it's on the WFTDA website somewhere.
      here it is, buried in the officials section. If you google it it comes right up
      "Grand Slam" has been changed to "pass point" and I don't really understand......... hopefully it's not on the test =D
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      • #48
        thanks for the link. I'm supposed to learn the hand signals for illegal blocks.

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        • #49
          our rules test is next sun, so i'd better get cracking on the old memorization!

          i stink at balancing on my right leg, so i'm going to spend some time just working on that this week, too.

          Pretty much got T-stops and plows in good working order, though -- at least on my left (using my right to stop) on the t-stop, and able to maintain the pace line ok, too. Good with shoulder blocks, stinky at hip blocks, doing ok with stepping left to right and right to left -- getting across the track laterally that is.

          Feeling good overall. Food is fine. I don't get hungry until after practice, which is good. Practice is currently 12:30-2:30 Sa and 12-2 Su (I can't make the tuesday practice), and I try to have big breakfast as close to that as I can (say 10:30). It usually lasts all the way through with no problems. Once practice switches to Mon 7-9 pm and Thurs 7-9 pm, I'm going to have to figure out what I need to do.

          Monday's won't be tough. Our schedule is such that I"m bringing Hawk home around 3, and can easily eat dinner with him around 5:30, and then start getting him toward bed. From there, DH will return (he'll be going to the gym Mon afternoons), and take over bed time duties and such while I head over to practice.

          Thursday is trickier because I'll be at work. I'll be bringing in lunch for us, and then Ryan will take hawk home. I teach at 1:15, 3 and 5:30, which means that my prime eating time will be taken up with yoga class. So, I can either eat at 6:30 or eat at 4:30. And eating at 4:30 would be tough because I'd have to bring extra food to work (along with usual work gear, derby gear, and lunch gear. . . and on the BUS.

          So, not sure how thursday is going to roll up, but I'm going to figure it out without using sandwiches. LOL

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          • #50
            oh, and . . .i am outta shape.

            i know i do my yoga (which has body weight stuff and works cardio nicely), and I do my sprints, and I walk around a lot (not as much as I used to, but still). Thing is, about an hour into practice, I think I'm going to puke.

            Last Sunday, I didn't feel that way until the end of practice, but today, I felt that way after the first hour. It's nearly tragic.

            Word from the girls is that it happens because it is energetic AND we are inefficient skaters (knew that already), so we are wasting a lot of energy as well. Their recommendation was to make sure we get endurance training, but also make sure that we do an extra cardio thingy.

            I'm not sure that's the way I want to go (concerned about overtraining), and I can't' make the tuesday (endurance) practice anyway. So, i'm coming up with 1. a routine to do at work that will help build certain muscle groups (i have a few ideas in mind based on some skate drills that we did to learn things like stride, balance, cross overs, etc); and 2. trying to get another skate in once a week that is "casual" and likely out-of-doors so that I can get more practice just being on the skates. I figure if do 30 mins each, we'll be in good shape.

            I wish I had a track that I simply had access to in the mid-day, as I'd go there and do my 25 in 5s -- since that's just sprinting -- and so that for 30 minutes, but I think a long-slow would be ok in the alternative.

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            • #51
              The puking is usually lactic buildup from anaerobic exercise. Yoga and walking don't work that system at all, but sprints do
              That and just getting used to the workout since being on skates is an odd, unnatural thing =)

              Practice was cancelled last week and I totally forgot about open skate on Sunday. Guess I'm going into assessments without having been on skates for a month =/
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              • #52
                i find that the long-slow skating works no problem, but once we start doing fast/quick stuff (like falls and getting up), ti's sprint-like, and since i'm expending too much energy being inefficient, i'm using more than i know.

                but, i'm sure it will get better.

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                • #53
                  Passed my assessments!
                  Mostly I was worried about the 25 in 5, but I managed 27.5 laps after being off skates for a month =)
                  I also aced the hand signals part of the writtens, hooray for flashcards
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                  • #54
                    awesome. i've got the hand signals down, i practiced them with my own arms, which helped me learn. it's ilke muscle memory. and i'm still studying away.

                    i'm missing out on practice this saturday -- no child care and DH has an important meeting.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                      awesome. i've got the hand signals down, i practiced them with my own arms, which helped me learn. it's ilke muscle memory. and i'm still studying away.

                      i'm missing out on practice this saturday -- no child care and DH has an important meeting.
                      I do that sometimes so I don't just memorize the person on my flashcard! There's a big difference between the picture in the rule book and when the refs are waving their arms at you
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                      • #56
                        i've noticed that. Many of them are easy -- i recognize them from the bouts and understand the meaning from that. Others are a bit tougher.

                        i hope I do well on the test. And I'm still nervous about our first team training on Monday.

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                        • #57
                          pulled back on derby this weekend. just decided it was too much, too soon.

                          first, i don't feel safe on skates yet. we should start league training tomorrow, with full contact and scrimmages. I am no where near ready for that. I also don't think I can make it through a full 2- hr practice yet.

                          second, i just don't have the time for practices, committee meetings, and everything else. It's just too much.

                          I need more time to learn the basics, and the casual skates that are related to the leagues can provide that space/time, and there's no commitment to it per se. I mean, if i have to skip one, then I have to skip one, you know? No big deal. But skipping a league practice is a pretty big deal. So, I can spend the year doing that -- just building skills.

                          I also still plan to do the NSO volunteering. I put my name in for that, so it should be no problem at all. That means I'll be committed to the bouts, but I'm ok with that because I go anyway.

                          Then, if things are different next year with kid, DH, and business -- if I feel I can make the commitment -- then I'll go through fresh meat again, but I'll feel better equipped to head into the league.

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                          • #58
                            oh, and i passed the test. it wasn't that tough, really. i just realized that team training starting tomorrow, being full contact and all -- it wouldn't be good for me. and when I looked at our family schedule, i realized that I'd only see DH one evening a week, and as it is i feel like we hardly have any time together, so i just knew that i needed to draw back and be home more.

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                            • #59
                              Hi Zoe. I thought your name looked familiar on here. i have seen you post on the Skatelog threads too. I did roller derby for a little while and it got to be too much for me physically and scheduling wise as well. I have alot of other things going on and derby is definitely a big committment as far as time goes. I love roller derby and the girls so I do the NSOing for my team too and im gonna volunteer for others as well. Its alot of fun Im glad to meet a fellow roller derbian!

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                              • #60
                                Cool, JLW!

                                I've been doing the NSO thing for one bout now, and training up for the second bout on 19 May. PSYCHED!

                                Not sure what my gig will be then, but all good.

                                I haven't skated in ages, because business has been awesome/busy!

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