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Overthinking Means Underperforming

I have grown quite a bit as a jammer over the last 5 years.  Just recently, I was thinking about my good bouts vs my bad bouts.  What was different about them?  Why did some bouts feel like a constant … Continue reading

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Be a Social Person, Not a Social Loafer

I spend a lot of time working out alone.  Sometimes it is hard to push myself when no one else is around.  So I love occasionally working out with a group.  It helps me stay accountable, push myself a little … Continue reading

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Offensive Derby Fans: When Do They Cross the Line?

The Minnesota All Stars played an away bout last Saturday. We were all excited to be traveling together for the weekend to play some derby. We even got surprised at the venue by some of our biggest fans from Minnesota … Continue reading

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Take Pride (And a Role) in Your League

Last weekend I participated in (part of) a leadership retreat for the Minnesota RollerGirls.  Seeing all of these strong leaders in a room together made me realize how important it is to step up and take on a league job … Continue reading

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Train For Your Sport: Roller Derby Agility Workout

Roller derby requires a lot of twisting, turning, and torquing.  We are never just skating in a forward direction the whole time.  Therefore, we should incorporate non-linear workouts into our fitness routines.  These types of workouts will help build strength … Continue reading

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Do You Have to Be Crazy to Play Derby? Maybe a Little…

I was recently visiting a friend with a very cute cat. At one point in the evening, I was petting the cat when he suddenly started biting and clawing me. Instead of getting angry or pushing the cat away (which … Continue reading

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Embrace Your Wild Imagination

During an especially grueling (and delightful) workout at AX Fitness, we were running sprints while starting from a plank position.  The sprints were fine – a familiar pain – but the planks were becoming more and more intense as my … Continue reading

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Fixed or Growth: What’s Your Derby Mindset?

Sometimes when I am at practice, I get embarrassed and frustrated when I don’t do well.  Maybe I can’t get through a hard 4-wall, or maybe I fall during a relatively simple footwork drill.  During these moments, sometimes I realize the … Continue reading

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The Material Aspect of Roller Derby Confidence

When I was competing in triathlons, I got to see some incredibly amazing road bikes. Some were worth more than my car (and probably lighter than my shoes). Although it was fun to “ooh” and “ahh” the bikes as I … Continue reading

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The More (or Less) You Know

During the derby season, sometimes you become bombarded (or obsessed) with learning what others think of your team. You could be constantly checking Flat Track Stats, reading bout prediction posts, or seeing comments posted on social media.  Although these might … Continue reading

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