Diary of a Fresh Meat – Episode Six

So my Fresh meat days are nearly over. Because I’m kind of obsessive I counted how many different ‘sign offs’ you need for your WFTDA minimum skills (not including 27 in 5). This totals 219 in total (73 skills to be signed off 3 times each) and I have the grand total of 5 left to be signed off. That means 214 have all got a tick against them. However the closer I get the more frustrating it feels!
Two weeks before Christmas I managed to collect a handful of germs which meant I missed some training sessions, and even whilst there wasn’t particularly effective. Then, just as I thought January would be the ‘Month of Rogue Red’ I managed to fall over in Real Life and mess up my knees quite badly. This meant than when I did skate a few days later, apart from the fact it hurt a LOT, I was quite scared to throw myself into anything in case I fell and landed on said damaged knees. It’s much harder to achieve things when you are tentative about throwing yourself into them.
I am trying to convince myself to stay off skates for a week to give time for them to heal, but despite being a sensible, intelligent woman, I am finding this very hard to stick too. Many Dames have urged me (quite strongly!) not to skate whilst I heal and I know their advice is right. Is it really going to be the end of the world if I take another week or two to pass my minimum skills? Well No, of course it won’t. Will it actually cause more (potential) damage to me physically if I do skate? Of course!! You wouldn’t think it would be such a hard decision to make…
A lot of the urgency in my mind is because I gave myself a Year to pass my skills and this date is looming in February. As a completely un-athletic non-skater prior to my Fresh Meat day I thought this was reasonable and to do it in 11 months would mean the world to me. I share my DerbyVersary with Aluna Tiq and Shelley Go Fight Me, and both Luna and Fight are already on the Bomb Squad so to be able to join their training pool before our DerbyVersary would mean an awful lot to me.
One of the important aspects of passing your minimum skills is not to compete with anyone but yourself. There have been others who have joined after me and flown through their minimum skills. Hand on heart, that’s been great to see and they were a pleasure to train with. But now I want to step up and play with the big girls and having to take time off injured is requiring a different mental strength than just powering through.
So as much as it frustrates me I shall take a week or two off skates to let myself heal and then Bomb Squad, I’m coming to get you!!



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