May 31, 2009

Skating as a kid...

Hello Poison Divey here...

I have said many times "who knew skating every weekend as a kid would ever come in handy again". Knowing how to skate pretty well has helped with my confidence & just busting through the first part of training, but really its coming back to haunt me. I never joined speed skating or anything, just could skate backwards and rock out to Another One Bites the Dust & a some YMCA. Toe stops... is the huge down fall I'm feeling. I have this elementary school years trained instinct to go onto the damn toe stop. Its hard & I still feel super new to Derby. No matter how many times I tell myself to stop doing it, I concentrate on something & it sneaks back in. damn it. I'll get it. I just wish I could get it all so much quicker. (Problem with toe stops is that my balance is not very sturdy & anyone can just knock me over, I'm balanced on a little piece of rubber)

Going through training I was super confident - I had it down... I skated so much in elementary and can ride a skateboard in the bowls well enough (I got falling DOWN). But when you start skating in a pack, there is so much to think about, so many skills to develop all at once - so many dynamics. I find myself focusing in on one thing I need to get down & forget the other 3. I know it will come in time.. but its frustrating & I know its frustrating to the coaches (coaches are like " I told you not to use your toe stops anymore Divey"), like I'm not getting it. But DAMN, if you could witness my the visions in my head when I'm trying to fall asleep. I get it all down. Actually, I think that helps. Just having those visions of everything falling in place. I used to skate bowls the same way, finding those lines... ummm. Doesn't make for a good night sleep.

I truly admire all the ladies that have stuck through all these challenges and I plan to do the same. Derby has seemed to consume much more than I planned of my life & I'm happy here. I don't want to do derby, just so I can say I'm one of those rocking derby girls I want to be really good at it, at every position. I am so happy I have urrkn pushing me. I also feel so lucky to have such a huge variety of new friends.

I went all over the place with this post, I meant to just talk about my toe stops coming back to bite me in the ass, but so happy that I can put some muscle into my crosses. Having my early skating experience has helped me a lot, but there is so much more than skating involved. I've always been really hard on myself & its not low self confidence, its that I don't want to kid myself & think that I am good at something when there is so much I need to improve on. Its hard going through the learning curve & not rocking at something... but it will be worth it. I will rock... for those about to rock - we salute you. ha. not sure how an AC/DC song floated into this post, but there you are...

Divey #34A
FOCO Girls Gone Derby

May 14, 2009

RollerCon 2009 - Vegas

I would like to go to this - with someone from around here.. (northern colorado) - who's down?

RollerCon 2009
JULY 29th through AUGUST 2ndThe biggest improvements in RollerCon for 2009 are going to affect those skaters who attend for the skating events.

From July 29, 2009 9:00 AM
Until August 02, 2009 12:00 AM

Imperial Palace3535 Las Vegas BlvdLas Vegas, NV

Poison Divey - 34A

May 3, 2009

Northern Colorado's Premier Roller Derby League - Home Bout

FoCo’s Death Row Dolls and Chanel Cartel
are back for the Ultimate Grudge Match!

FoCo Girls Gone Derby, Northern Colorado’s foremost roller derby league, will bout
Saturday, May 9 at Rollerland Skate Center, 324 S. Link Lane, Fort Collins
Doors open at 6 p.m., bout begins at 7

May 9, 2009

After a highly controversial outcome to the Season Opener in March, FoCo Girls Gone Derby are back for the ultimate grudge match between your two hometown teams, Chanel Cartel and Death Row Dolls.

FoCo’s derby season started with a smash. Having led most of the bout, Chanel Cartel was ahead as the clock wound down. In a nail-biting finale, the refs decided to hold one last jam in which Death Row managed to rack up enough points to win… or did they?

The final score has been hotly contested by the teams, but they are willing to settle the matter civilly – through hip checks – at the upcoming bout. No hard feelings, just hard hits.

FoCo Girls Gone Derby roller girls will participate in Walk MS at Loveland/Centerra on Saturday, May 9, and a portion of the proceeds from this bout will go to the National MS Society.

Entry is $10 for presale tickets and $15 for tickets purchased at the door. Students receive a reduced rate of $7 with a current, valid student ID. Ages 10 and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased through the Rollerland Skate Center ticket booth, The Bean Cycle, any FCGGD Roller Girl or online at the official FCGGD Web site or at Purchases also can be processed via phone at 1-800-838-3006.

**Wanna get involved with the girls of FCGGD?**
For information about recruitment, refereeing, sponsorship, or volunteer opportunities visit:

**NOTE: Members of both teams are available for interviews. Tickets are also available as promotional give-aways during interviews.