Friday, January 20, 2012

This Ain't No Game

Derby is a sport, and these ladies take it seriously!  What team sport have you ever played where you play 12 games a year, yet you practice 3 times a week - ALL YEAR LONG?!  And that is just the Derby practices, that doesn't include the jogging, weight lifting and other stuff these ladies do in addition to the regular practices.

We did a Fitness Test last night and it has left me feeling: inspired, weak, awestruck, and as with everything in derby, just a little embarrassed. ;)

In a nutshell, the fitness test was 7 stations that involved running, push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping.  They did the same test 4 months ago, and we'll do it again in 4 more months to see our progress. Cherri Blaster posted about the last test with explanations about each station.  If you want, you can read about it here.

I didn't expect to be stellar, but I'd forgotten how hard a simple push-up could be.  LOL.  If you read Cherri's results from 4 months ago, keep in mind, mine are nowhere near as good (Cherri is a machine!).  I don't have my results yet, but when I do I'll post them here just so I can find them again in 4 months.  The only ones that I can remember were 10 push-ups and 23 (I think!) sit-ups in a minute.  I wasn't too surprised by the push-ups (they were big kid push-ups from the toes) but I thought I could do more sit-ups than that.  I apparently have some work to do.  Oh and I scored a 4:0 on the Beep Test.  Apparently I'm good enough for the Canadian Military, but woefully behind most of the derby girls.

Derby is the first time in a long time that I've actually enjoyed exercising.  I look forward to practice every single time.  I haven't had to drag my ass there. I haven't tried to find excuses not to go.  I want to be there and I want to get better. I'll admit, part of it is that I don't want to be the "worst kid in class" and I don't want to embarrass myself.  But I am and I do and I'm working at getting past that.  But I also feel accountable to them. I don't want to let them down. I don't even know where this pressure is coming from because it isn't coming from the players - at least not consciously.  It is weird to be motivated by a source outside of myself, but maybe that is the trick (at least for me) to stay on track with exercise and hopefully it will be the start to a healthier lifestyle.

And god knows I could use a healthier lifestyle.  I was rushed to get there on time last night and I ended up eating a chocolate bar and an orange juice for dinner.  How's that for a good start to a fitness test?!

Pictures are from the Dethbridge Dames vs. Tar Sand Betties game back in October.


Stephanie V said...

Oh, that looks so scary. My test would just be staying upright! But I'd love the outfits :)
Good for you!

Amanda said...

The beep test haunts me from my skating years. I did TERRIBLE at it! I can't remember my score but it sucked.

Taryn said...

Wow, just read Cherri's post. That's a tough test. I do plank work to keep my abs strong for a bad back, and I can't imagine holding it for over 5 minutes! I am pleased (and exhausted!) when I can plank for 2 minutes!