Derby updates: Derby is pretty much consuming my life.
- We drafted a 3rd team, the Damagin’ Dames and got 2 great new players on our team.
- Our league is now a WFTDA Apprentice League. This is a big deal for a 7-month old league.
- We had our first intra-league scrimmage vs. the newbies from the Circle City Socialites. We WON! This is a super big deal for a bunch of people who had never really skated together and had zero idea what we were getting ourselves into.
- I bruised (and then re-bruised) my tailbone at the scrimmage. I also fell and bruised my hand pretty bad, but I’m okay. No serious injuries to report. Just a blow to the ego.
- We formed a travel team. I made the 20-skater roster. Our first practice was this past weekend and it was TOUGH, but fun.
- The first travel team bout is August 21 vs. The St. Chux Derby Chix (I’m in love with their logo). Only 14 out of the 20 players will dress, but I’ll be there whether I skate or not.
- Our next home bout is August 27 at the Savoy Rec Center. It’s my team (The ‘Paign) vs. the newly-formed Damagin’ Dames. I’ll let you know when tickets go on sale. I may or may not be skating.
Running updates: not much to report, since I’m not really running these days.
- I skipped a 5K last weekend due to my tailbone issues/lack of training.
- I’m signed up for the Run 4 Raley August 7. I should probably do some training so I don’t have a repeat of my last 5K debacle.
Life updates: you know, the stuff that *isn’t* running or derby
- I was without a washing machine for a week and a half. Mine broke and it took a while to get a new one. We got a top loader w/o an agitator. It makes weird noises, but at least I can wash my clothes. Too bad the laundry *still* isn’t caught up.
- Our Annual girls’ boat trip was a couple weekends ago. I took exactly one picture, which isn’t postable.
- Kim’s wedding was this past weekend. She looked amazing. It was a super fun time. I have *slightly* more pictures of this event. I’m not my usual camera-happy self these days.
- There’s a reason work is called “work.” I’ll leave it at that.
- I’m going to SoIL this weekend to visit my brother, sister-in-law, and niece. It’s been waaayyy too long since I’ve seen them.
- Maybe I’ll take a book. I think I’ve finished TWO books all year. I’m sadly behind on my reading.
- As you’ve probably noticed, I’m not blogging much these days. I’d make a bunch of excuses, but the truth is– I don’t really enjoy it anymore. I feel like there are plenty of other ways to track what I’m doing and the blog seems redundant.
- However, I’ve referred to blog posts REGULARLY to remember what I’ve done. So maybe I’ll continue posting “big” events.
- Or maybe not.
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. I suck at blogging. I have a bunch of Foto Friday posts I want to do, but I can never manage to actually *do* them on Friday. And I haven’t posted anything at all this month, so here’s a special Monday edition. Lucky you.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love my friends? I do. I love them for a lot of reasons, but I especially love the signs they made me for my big “events” last month.
Kim/Lindsey made the “Go Jill” signs for the half marathon. The signs are a bunch of inside jokes all rolled into one (and, really, wouldn’t be that funny if I explained them to you. Trust me on this one.) I honestly didn’t even “get” all of it when I saw Kim at Mile 11, but I L-O-V-E that she was there… with her trademark “cell phone” scream… and a sign!
The big signs were made by Nikki and Carrie for my Derby Debut. I especially liked the “signs on sticks.” It was awesome to see my friends holding these during the bout. Kyle was on the floor with the Bitch E. Rich #815 sign. Kim (and Donna?) made the smaller signs that say “Kill, Kill, Kill…, Bitch E. Rich likes it rough, and Bitch E. Rich is one bad mother F’er.” They had a bunch more of the smaller ones, but I think I misplaced them along the way.
My only regret is that I FAILed to get any pictures of my “fans” with the signs. Next time, fo sho.
The first-ever bout of the Twin City Derby Girls was last Friday. I was lucky enough to be part of this history-making event as a skater for the ‘Paign. Our team lost to the formidable Boneyard Bombshells, but it was a hella good time. Seriously. Most. Fun. Ever. I had a *lot* of crowd support– tons of friends and family were there to cheer me on and it was amazing.
For a quick introduction to derby (and some shots of me on TV!), check out this piece from the local news. It was amazing to see it post-bout. The whole bar was cheering! Words don’t do it justice, so let’s have some pictures, shall we?
A view from above. See that pink track? I helped lay it... along with two real-life rocket scientists (that's me in the pink helmet)!
We started the night with a slow motion jam to help explain the rules of the game to our legions of fans
My team, the 'Paign during introductions. It's possible I tripped a bit when my name got called...
Best.Fans.Ever. (separate post to come on the awesomeness of my fans)
Bitch E Rich in action
Lining up at the pivot line (the stripe on my helmet means I'm playing pivot, which means I line up at the front of the pack for the beginning of the jam.)
of course, I don't always stay in the front. Here I am yelling at another blocker that the jammer is coming through
getting ready to block (note how sideways my helmet panty is in this one... awesome!)
Blocking. Technically, she's blocking me, but this is the best "real" action shot of me
and of course there was an after-party!!
All photos (except the last two) by Alex Wild. He’s a wonderfully talented wildlife photographer who just happens to be married to one of our derby girls. He is just getting into sports photography and it’s a real treat to have him with us. You can see the rest of the pictures from the bout on his web site.
More derby awesomeness to come, I’m sure.
Has it really been over a month since I last mentioned roller derby? It’s almost like there’s nothing exciting going on. Au contraire, my friends (totally had to look that one up… thanks, Google).
Here are some of the exciting things that have happened in derby land:
- I took–and passed– my WFTDA written test
- I officially chose Bitch E. Rich as my derby name
- I ordered my skates. They have yet to come in. It was almost 2 months ago!
- The Arch Rival Roller Girls came to visit/coach a practice
- One of our players made this super awesome soundslide of the visit (look for me in the beginning– pink tights).
- Her dad made a super awesome video of one of our practices. I can’t figure out how to link to it, so check it out on our facebook page (and while you’re there ‘like’ it!)
- It has yet to be recognized (apparently there’s a backlog)
- I took–and passed– my WFTDA skills test
- I got assigned to a team
- Our team chose a name (the ‘Paign) and colors (black and blue–we’re tough!)
The biggest news of all…. WE’RE HAVING A BOUT!!!
Yep, that’s right… the first official TCDG bout will be Friday, May 21. Details to come (check our website for more info as it becomes available).
SO. FRICKIN. EXCITED.
This week I went to get my “official” roller derby pix taken. Since I still haven’t 100% chosen a name, I wasn’t quite sure what to do, so I pulled out the costume tub and put together the most derby-rific outfit I could find.
Here are some of the better shots:
attempting a "mean face"
This one's my favorite
boots AND skates?? hmmm...
Clearly, I need to work on my mean face if I’m going for the Bitch E. Rich persona :)
This is what I’ve been up to:
I had a pretty stellar week of running: I re-vamped my running schedule to fit with my derby schedule and I actually ENJOYED a treadmill workout for once. And then I fell off the wagon. I skipped my FIRST long run this weekend and felt so guilty about it that I took a rest day yesterday. FAIL. I’m halfway through my schedule so I guess it was bound to happen eventually. But I’m *not* happy about it. I gotta get back in the saddle today.
I’m 3 practices in and I L-O-V-E it. On Sat we got to practice hits, which was super fun. And we saw a mock “bout,” which was interesting. We’re going to a REAL bout this weekend and I can’t wait to see it in action. I still haven’t officially committed to a name yet. And, no, we don’t have any of our own bouts scheduled. It will be a while, but you can rest assured that I’ll let everyone know!
We’re currently in the process of planning the first annual Rounds 4 Ryann golf outing to benefit the Ryann Hope Foundation and CDH research. (you can read more about Ryann’s story here and my efforts to raise money here, and here). I got my first hole sponsor today, but we are still looking for people to sponsor holes and/or donate items for the silent auction or goodie bags. If you or anyone you know is interested, drop me a line at cari [underscore] rich [at] yahoo [dot] com. Don’t worry– I’ll be bugging you all with info on golfing, volunteering, raffles, etc. in the near future :)
Tons of Fun
The last few weeks have been jam-packed with fun. I went to see Keller Williams with my BFF Lesley a few weeks ago. I played my first REAL game of poker on Superbowl Sunday (and came in 5th… not too shabby for a rookie). Last weekend I had a much-needed “date night” with my girls. We went to see Valentine’s Day then had dinner, drinks, and lots of laughs afterwards. It’s been forever since we’ve all been together and it was waayyy overdue. Then I had a REAL Valentine’s date followed by a day off of work–what more could a girl ask for??
That’s pretty much it in a nutshell… You’re now all up to speed on my uber-fascinating existence.