Sunday, January 23, 2011

Roller Derby: Week 3

I'm super glad I enrolled in Derby Lite. By the end of this 12 week course, I will have definitely strengthened and tightened the muscles in my legs. I like that the organizer brings in different assisting instructors to share their roller derby experience. Last Monday two real roller derby chicks from the Windy City Rollers taught the class, Rose Feratu and Pominatrix came in and we basically got schooled. The entire two hour class they had us doing drills. Crossovers, left and right, duckwalks (running in skates), and swizzling (skating backward). I also learned the proper way to stop, as apparently I was doing it all wrong. I definitely felt the burn on the inside of my thighs. I may not lose any more weight from this class, as it is less intense cardio than a running, but I will definitely lose inches on my legs as skating can be a great strength cross-training

Training, School, and Writing

School is done! I completed my Master in Business Administration December 18, 2010. My institution holds one commencement ceremony in the spring, so I'm saving the fanfare for then. In a related development, I'm now a contributor for Why? It fills the open time in my schedule normally dedicated to schoolwork! And for fun, I actually like writing. Although I stand to make $1.50 on average per article, it's something to do while cooped up in the house in zero degree weather. I haven't been running on pavement since New Year's eve. The treadmill is unbelievably boring, and with all the new year resolutioners at my gym, I'm lucky to be able to snag one of the 'good' treadmills. My training for the Soldier Field 10 Mile is scheduled to start end of March. Hopefully by that time Chicago will be past the ice and snow. I can deal with the cold, just not the possibility of slipping, falling and injuring myself. My training plan so far:

The original plan I found online called for the longest run of 11 miles. I personally think it's anti-climactic to do a training run longer than the distance of the actual race. I altered the plan slightly, my longest run will be 8 or 9 miles, depending on how I feel that week. I also extended my training plan from 10 weeks to 11.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Derby Lite: Week 1

Happy New Year, a little late. The first Monday of the new year was spent at my first session of Derby Lite. To describe it in one word, it was awesome. The first hour of the class was spent listening to the instructor ramble on about the 'rules' of the course, then getting acquainted with our gear (skates, padding, helmets, etc.) The second hour was spent running through the basic drills. Let me tell you, I was incredibly sore the day after. Practicing falling and recovering is a great workout for the abs and arms. Also, there is an area of my quads that is sore. An area on the outside of my leg near my hip I obviously do not work hard while running. I'm very optimistic about this 12 week course. I feel it will be a great strength builder. Next priority is scoring some derby chick apparel. Anything with hot pink stripes or stars will do.
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