I am finally PARTY POISON!

Posted: February 3, 2012 by partypoison723 in fresh meat, practice, roller derby

I passed my skills test and I want to yell it from the mountain tops!

I’ve never happily worked so hard for something I loved so much.

On Wednesday I finally did my 25 laps in 4 minutes and 59 seconds!

I honestly could not have done it without all the support and derby love from the skaters. Since my last skills test there was a month gap before the next freshie boot camp started and I figured if I could trim off about 3 minutes off my time in 3 months then 40 seconds in one month should not be a problem.

Stella Blue and I would meet up for one on one practices at 2 or sometimes 3 times a week, she told me to jog everyday for to build up my endurance, I was wearing my skates at home and working on my crossovers, and going to the local skate park every chance I could. As my second skills test came around the corner Stella let everyone know that I needed some help with contact drills since I was used to practices with just one or sometimes 2 other skaters. And to my surprise 13 girls came out to help me! Some were Vets and some were FAST girls. These girls are at the practice space 3 or 4 times a week and they came out yet another day to help me out. When they could be doing a ton of other things and they took time out of their day to help me out. That actually felt really awesome.

My second skills test I passed everything except the 25 laps in 5 minutes! We even did it again but I had the entire travel team skating behind me encouraging me, pushing me, and telling me when to crossover and it was intense! Still didn’t quite make it though. Almost! I thought I would be bummed after busting my behind to pass and still not making it. But I got a lot of words of encouragement from the travel team and who is better to give advice? Plus since many of them were so excited I had come so far it was hard to leave sad. I was actually pretty pumped to keep working at it!

I worked on my 25 in 5 some more and at one practice I had Anya Marx leading and Susan B. Bruisin behind me pushing me and yelling “How hard have you been working on this?! This is nothing, Claudia! How bad to you want this?!” But then I hit 5 minutes and 12 seconds and that was my best time!

Earlier this week Stella told me to try “speed skating” instead of derby stance a little and I don’t know if that was just it or something more but it shaved off those 12 seconds I had been lacking and I made it! I even texted my big DVS Dicer before I called my mom. Blasted it on facebook and got so many girls responding to how excited they were. Oh man. It feels great. GREAT!

I even had my first FAST girl practice last night and I know that most girls are nervous and I had been told that some girls went home feeling like they weren’t prepared for that and are pretty down about it. But I had worked WAY to hard to feel that I didn’t deserve to be there and even though I have a lot of learning to do nothing is going to get me down.

I’m finally a fast girl. I am finally Party Poison!


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