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Rainy Days & Sister Wives – Boot Camp Day 12

I have to give it to our girls. What to do on a rainy day when your home rink is outside and there’s no warehouse willing (yet) to adopt you? Most teams (all sports) would easily call a rain day and that would be that.

But not our ever-adaptive Betties. They rally in the 9th hour (and truth be told, it’s probably why they win most of their bouts).

Dino found a large conference room at UCSB, Semper brought a projector and Viva furnished a strength training/plyo derby workout vid, “Roller Derby Workout with the Heart Attacks.”

I love how our Betties get stuff done! There doesn’t seem to be any problem they can’t resolve. From little stuff (rained out practice dates) to big stuff (throwing an absolutely successful outdoor fundraiser in the middle of December). To me, these things truly highlight how well they function as a team.

I often wonder what it’s like for them to be training a group of nuggets that are sure to change the tight team dynamic they’ve lovingly cultivated and achieved. This doesn’t mean it will change for the worse. But NO doubt, the team will be a different team with new members. Makes me think of the show Sister Wives (yeah, that’s right, I’m not too proud to admit watching weirdo polygamist reality TV).

In the last season of Sister Wives, there are three wives who have all been married to the same dude for like the last 16 years, and they are all about to accept a new wife into the clan. This is because their husband has decided to take on another one. They all believe and get behind this concept, but it doesn’t mean that it comes without its bumps. They believe, in the end, an additional wife will make them stronger, better, more capable, and yeah, one more set of hands can really help out with their enormous workload (three wives, two incomes, one husband and, like, a kazillion kids).

So, like the new Sister Wife who is about to get married into the clan, I want the Betties to like me. I want them to accept me. But I also feel protective of what they’ve managed to achieve before I, and all the other nuggets, arrived. I want to tread lightly and integrate at a natural pace. It’s weird because as tough and capable they are as individuals and as a team, there’s also this beautiful fragility amongst them. I so totally want to get to the point where I can be a full-fledged member of this team, and allthewhile, I want their bubble to stay protected. Does that make any sense?



Meanwhile, Back to our Rainy Day Workout . . .

The Heart Attack girls (from the Roller Derby Workout vid) were a little on the corny side (gotta love the coordinated neon bright leotard getups with matching skate wheels and laces), with their tagline for the video being, “You don’t have to be a roller derby girl to be a knockout, but it doesn’t hurt to train like one.” Alrighty, lol.

But big time props to them for producing it and getting it out there. The exercises were pretty standard, but definitely do the trick on a rainy day. And the music was actually pretty good for a low-budge production.

The workout is led by five derby girls: Shiv, Biodiesel, Go-Go, Estro Jen, and Punk N’ Da Trunk. All these gals reign from the Angel City Derby Girls in L.A., however, (except for Shiv) all of which seem not to be with the ACDG any longer.

My favorite was Punk because she was like a jacked up Barbie version of our own coach, Dita de los Muertos. I kept imagining she was really Dita in costume, sarcastically making fun of Barbie-type derby girls. As I was leg lunging, I was day-dreaming about Dita walking in on the set and kicking this girl’s ass. Is that terrible? I know derby girls are super supportive of one another, even after battling it out in a tense bout – all friends at the end. But my mind kept wandering off as I concocted some twisted derby version of Westside Story where MAK and Dita would skate in and physically/psychologically decimate the workout Barbie girls. Off the wall? It’s okay, I don’t deny it.


6 responses

  1. I have that dvd – I do it every now and then with my freshie clan and always whinge like a baby! My favourite is the abs girl – she is ridiculously strong.

    I know what you mean about wanting to both preserve and break into the bubble. I failed to make it into Adelaide Roller Derby league this year. They took very few people as they don’t want to expand the league. I can totally understand that they’re scared of opening up to more teams and changing the dynamic of the league but as someone on the outside I really would love to see the league accept more wannabes

    December 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

  2. stacylouise

    Our team is actually going to develop a new “B” league team because our current B team is ready to move up into the “A” league. This is a great way to let girls come up through the ranks and make room for everyone who’s serious about playing.

    In addition to this, the Betties are allowing us Nuggs to continue practicing with the team until we can pass assessments. Our team is only a couple years old, so they’re still interested in growing.

    They are an awesome bunch of women with huge hearts and a phenomenal love of the game. Because of this, and because of how incredibly nurturing they are, in turn it makes me appreciate this special “bubble” they’ve managed to cultivate. I don’t know many other derby teams but truly believe they’ve got something special going on.

    We were joking about Roller Derby Workout tonight at practice tonight – in particular Abs Girl, lol. She’s incredible. I said I thought for sure those abs were implants. 🙂

    December 23, 2010 at 8:05 pm

  3. Shiv & GoGo Gidget are both still with Angel City and are the captains of the All Star Travel Team!

    Punk N Da Trunk moved a few hours south recently to the San Diego Derby Dolls 🙂

    January 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

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  5. I have that roller derby workout DVD. I was pretty proud of myself that I got through about half of it before I collapsed the other night. Funny story, though? My six-year-old, Ruby, loves it. She asks me to put it on for her all the time and goes through the whole thing. Planks and all. AND she has a little stuffed pink poodle she named Go-go Gidget.

    February 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

    • Venus N. Vee


      February 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

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