Mary Lee's Fresh Meat Journey, Pt. 7: Jumping to the Finish Line

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.

What's Mary Lee been up to with A2D2 since sharing her last blog post this spring?

Roller derby boot camp culminates in a skills test that assesses your ability to perform the basic skills that are used to play the game and keep you safe.

Through this whole process of boot camp, my comfort level on skates has increased tremendously (although I still fall and get off balance, just less than before). However, I have to admit that going into the skills test, I felt like I was going to fail miserably. I looked around at the current skaters who had passed the test and felt like I just didn’t measure up.

The day of the skills test, I felt like I was going to puke. Not because of food issues or anything, but because I was nervous and that’s how my body responds. Before a presentation at work or before I run a race, I feel like I’m going to puke. Luckily, I haven’t actually puked yet, but for all I knew skills test day could have been the day it materialized.

Spoiler alert: I didn’t puke and I survived skills test. Also, I passed! What?!?!? Yes, that’s right, I passed. My goal was to make it through and take the assessment as a starting point of what to work on for the second chance test, but instead I’m now able to use it to work towards being a better overall derby skater in game play.

It was three hours of derby skills, all of which I had learned and gone over so many times during boot camp. Following the test, we all went and had lunch together to decompress and stink up the restaurant! Now it’s time to start learning real roller derby strategy!

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.

Posted on November 18, 2015 .