This is part of a series by Fresh Meat skater Mary Lee, who is documenting her evolution from derby dreamer to derby athlete, continuing here in the A2D2 blog.
Hi, I’m Mary Lee the fresh meat skater (let’s use the word skater loosely here), and I’m going to share all of the struggles, victories, bumps, bruises, excitement, moments of fear, and every other feeling with you as I go through fresh meat boot camp with the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.
What made you interested in roller derby?
I started thinking about derby several years ago. I went to a roller derby bout and was seriously in awe of the teamwork and physical abilities of the skaters. Also, I haven’t really been on a team since high school, and I missed the feeling of accomplishing something with a team. Along those lines, I moved to Ann Arbor in 2013 with my husband and dog and knew no one. I wanted to meet more people, find my place in the community, and be involved in something that is fun for me and the community as a whole.
What is your skating experience?
Like most people my age (32), I spent many weekends at the roller rink as kid. I even had a skating party birthday when I was 5. That being said, I haven’t been on quad skates since early middle school and I can tell you that my muscle memory for skating has been repressed.
What do you do outside of roller derby?
In my off the track life I’m a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan, where I investigate gene regulation in red blood cells. It’s exciting to do things that no one has ever done before, and use that to understand how our body works.
I’m married to a great guy who also loves science and we are overly obsessed with our awkwardly shaped dachshund-beagle mix named Philip (he’s old, judgmental, and has tiny stumps for legs, and…back to the question at hand). With any other spare time I run (half-marathons/marathons), do yoga, and read (a lot).
I'm Mary Lee. I'm an aspiring Derby girl (currently a fresh meat skater), a scientist, a runner, a reader, and a dog snuggler. I like Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, a good BBC mystery show, and Oxford commas.