So as you can probably guess from the title this is going to be a bit of a soppy, proud and (hopefully) inspirational post! As you may know I am involved in the world of Roller Derby (one of the best decisions I ever made) and I am completely in love with it. I have worked REALLY hard to get my fitness up and my attitude right to fit into Manchester Roller Derby’s B team the Furies and let me tell you, These girlies are amazing and I love them all. Joining this sport has not only helped me get physically better but also psychologically, helping with the numerous mental health issues I am faced with, mainly manic depression and social anxiety/awkwardness, I’ve also improved my self Discipline, determination and motivation in the sport and in general. Last week the Furies had quite the challenge…. We were to take on a very tough (Literally, these ladies are the hardest hitters I’ve faced so far!) but lovely team The Furness Firecrackers.
Here is my team skating out ❤
And here is me doing what I do best, Blocking
I also attempt jamming sometimes but let’s not talk about that 😉
The odd’s were against us with a short roster and the difference in current rankings: Here is the direct stats from the flat track stats website:
MRD: Phoenix Furies
171st in europe
85th in Europe
Furness is expected to win with a DoS of .26
MRD: Phoenix Furies has a 12% chance of winning; Furness has a 88% chance of winning
Expected Score Ratio
32 : 55
For every 32 points MRD: Phoenix Furies scores, Furness is expected to score 55″
We fought so hard and played so well and in the end we ended up victorious with a final score of:
MRD furies: 186 Furness Firecrackers: 170!!
Naturally we were ecstatic with our win that we had practiced so much to achieve and we boarded the coach home with smiles on our faces.
The next day was advanced scrimmage, Now I have only just joined in with this from intermediate but A few people said I was ready and I certainly felt like I was. Obviously with being new to advanced members I am at the lower end of the skill and knowledge level we are greeted with here, But I don’t let that stop me trying my best! Today I thought if I could play in a team that won Furness, I could certainly be a valuable player here and I attempted more than usual, goating, assisting and erm…. jamming. Yeah I attempted a jam in an advanced scrimmage and it may have ended in tears (Apparently ribs are no match for elbow pad shells… Who’d have thought it?!) But I don’t regret it and it won’t put me off trying. My efforts did not go unnoticed and I ended up with my first certificate for ‘Most Determined’ and I was certainly the latter.
This is my sweaty proud face!! 😀
The week (And by coincidence, month) has come to a close on another very proud moment that will need a little bit of back story. When I was 11 I was diagnosed with Turner syndrome which unfortunately included aortic stenosis (a narrowing of the aorta) and I was told I would never run or be any good at it due to running out of breath quickly. Today I did my first 5k park run 😀 We went round this pretty lake!
It’s not been easy building up to it, at times I have wanted to kick the treadmill or get off it after just 2 minutes but I have persevered. Not only did I use the treadmill at my gym but I also went for mile runs through my local park which turned out to also keep my depression at bay and help me sleep better. I obviously wasn’t the best at park run but i’m proud of myself and I learnt a lot about pacing for distance running from a lovely lady who persevered and advised me the whole race as she saw I was struggling slightly. I am not put off from trying again! I will continue to train and get better, faster, stronger. On my way home I crossed a bridge to get to my local supermarket and had a little proud cry over the achievements of the past week and let it sink in.
The moral of my little story is at some point in your life you’ll feel something you’ll want to do Is unreachable, unachievable. It isn’t.
“If you want something you’ll find a way, If you don’t you’ll find an excuse”