Keeping track of the training I get up to, on and off skates.
Thursday: A trip to Russia meant no training earlier on in the week, but I did manage to get to an after work spin class on Thursday. Turns out that the Thursday night instructor is INSANE! Really high intensity intervals with increments of resistance up and up and up for (what I consider) long tracks. Bloody heck. I certainly felt like I’d worked out after that!
Friday: Derby practice. This week I learned the hard way that skating barefoot is NOT a good idea. Forgot to bring any socks to practice and had to skate without. My feet got even more sweaty than usual and slipped about in my skates, rubbing in some areas and taking little bits of skin off – nice! On the plus side, it was a fun session. We tried hitting for the first time which I really enjoyed. I’ve never done contact sports, and to be honest I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t like the contact side of derby (how do you know?!), but it turns out I needn’t have worried. DEFINITELY looking forward to practising hits some more.
Sunday: Went bouldering (indoor climbing without ropes) for the first time in aaaages. Last year I was going with friends nearly every week, but since I started fresh meat roller derby has taken priority (both time-wise and money-wise). Really enjoyed it though, especially now that the weather’s warmer; I find climbing in the winter a bit of a bummer as your fingers and toes get so freakin’ cold! I tried to kind of… observe if my legs felt stronger from all the skating I’ve been doing. I felt fitter than last year overall, but I think my arms got fatigued just as fast as before (I guess squats don’t make your arms that beefy, huh?). It made me realise I miss bouldering though; I want to start squeezing in a few sessions a month from now on.