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Combat those Winter Training Blues

Many of us are going through training blues right now – maybe it’s your off-season, maybe taking a break over the holidays, or maybe you just can’t stop eating Christmas cookies.  Whatever the reason, I tend to get a bit … Continue reading

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Let’s All Jump the Apex!

Some jammers (and blockers) jump the apex all of the time.  However, for me (as for many other skaters), it took me years before I could get myself to jump the apex.  It was scary, seemed impossible, and I could … Continue reading

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The Upside of Feeling Down: Dealing with Disappointment in Roller Derby

In roller derby, many situations can yield disappointment.  A few (of many) examples include: -You don’t pass your minimum skills requirements the first time -You don’t get drafted to a team -You don’t get rostered for a team -You get … Continue reading

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Junior Roller Derby. Think of the Children!

If you are currently an athlete, you probably have both good and bad memories from participation in youth sports. For some people, good experiences in youth sports are why they continue to love sports throughout their lives. Similarly, a bad … Continue reading

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Roller Derby – I Don’t Thank You Enough

This year, as I head to Champs with MNRG, I am thankful for my teammates, my coaches, and everyone else who has pushed me to improve. As a roller derby competitor, I am constantly striving to achieve my next goal, … Continue reading

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Read Between the (Stats) Lines

A lot of skaters get very hung up on the stats from a particular bout.  They pore over the spreadsheets, looking at every possible angle, checking out their PPJ, lead jammer percentage, points for/against, etc. And in case you were … Continue reading

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Looking Ahead: How Are You Preparing For Next Season?

I literally can’t even think of anything but playoffs.  I’ve been focusing so much on being mentally and physically prepared (as well as trying to maintain some semblance of being present at work) that I have not taken the time … Continue reading

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It’s All in Your Head: Reaching Beyond Fatigue

When I was in middle school, I decided to run cross country.  I wasn’t very good, but I was very competitive.  I have a clear memory of one particular race, where we had to go up this huge hill – … Continue reading

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Roller Derby Training: Make Yoga Work For You

As roller derby players, our bodies endure quite a bit of hard love. Not only do we skate hard, but we also hit each other hard. Between practice, cardio, plyometrics, and strength training, sometimes I feel like my body needs … Continue reading

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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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