trying out yinzer derby.
After relocating back to the Pittsburgh area I’ve been debating over whether or not I wanted to try to join the Steel City Derby Demons. A pretty typical internal conversation with myself:
Do I want to dedicate the time it takes to do derby?
But, think of how much more in shape you were while you were practicing regularly!
Do I want to drive 30 minutes to the rink?
But, think of how much more badass your skillz can get!
What if I can’t keep up with a team of this size or skill level?
But, think about how cute your tush looks in glitter gold booty shorts!
So I finally decided to at least check out Steel City and see what it was like. No pressure. No commitment. Just being back on skates and making left turns.
All day yesterday I was so anxious about going to their practice. I was more nervous than my fresh meat try outs with Rocktown, which just happened to be exactly 2 years ago this week, weird. I was more nervous than bout days! I had seen Steel City skate in a couple bouts and was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to keep up at their practices. Especially after being off skates and my non-existant work outs during the last 4 months. I felt like a middle schooler going to a brand new high school where I knew no one and there were going to be big scary kids there. Who was I going to eat lunch with?! Or in derby’s case, I guess, who was going to be in my pack?!
Unlike my Rocktown Fresh Meat Try Outs, I was the only unfamiliar skater at this practice. I was super shaky as I signed the liability wavier and geared up. A few of the Steel City girls chatted with me and were super nice, obviously! Derby girls aren’t scary when you’re on their team.
The Romp N Roll rink was a little more slick than Funky’s, plus my nerves had me looking all Bambi on ice at first. I got warmed up and did laps with the team and felt a little more at ease. The rest of the practice went well and I was able to keep up for the most part with everything they did. I could definitely tell my endurance was suffering the most. However, I even survived scrimmaging!
I’m glad I settled on giving derby in Pittsburgh a try. I guess I’m on my way to being a part of Yinzer derby!
Categorised as: roller derby