Nov 29, 2010
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Nov 27, 2010
Today Stockholm invited a trainer from Stockholm Speedskaters, and it was interesting. He had some really good off-skates exercises practicing form and balance. The main problem was that he was not really familiar with quads, and that caused some problems in the on-skate drill, nothing major, but some were a little awkward on quads. It was still quite an informative and different practice.
The floor in Farsta Hallen, were Stockholm had tonights practice is really slick, and I really think I need to get myself a pair of Stingers for those slick floors. I have been spoiled in US with those nice sportcourt floors (even Gothams Crashpad was better when the floor was pulling apart and we had cracks in it)... But you know, one day ''sigh''... one day...
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 25, 2010
So Blood and Thunder is having some sort of World Cup in December of 2011, and Sweden is sending a team. Well, me and Bess Irv Cold from STRD decided to start rounding the troops up to form a Swedish team to send to Toronto in 2011.
It's exciting, I have met and coached both the Stockholm and the Malmö girls (and one Gothenburg girl) on several occasions and there is so much talent and determination among them, I LOVE it... plus Sweden does have some non-residing ladies, that still hold a Swedish passport, and kick ass (I heard, since I have only met one of them). So we are on the look for dedicated and funloving derbygirls So if you are Swedish, play derby and interested in being a part of this fab team, you can let me know or fill in this little form that STRD put on their web page, and we will keep you in the loop.
Currently we are just checking in and seeing who might be interested in Team Sweden and then when we know how many are interested we can start the selection process in some fancy way... Cartwheels in skates get extra point... ooops... I was not supposed to say that...never mind... it will all pan out for the best, and we will be the best... I like being the best, and I think that the rest of the girls are up for it too!
Nov 24, 2010
So now my question to all of you my dear readers are, what do YOU want me to write about? Let me know, it keeps me inspired and writing... and skating... and loving... and all those things that makes me happy!
Nov 23, 2010
November 17th 2008
I have set my goal, that's how I want to skate!
Nationals, on a team!
I want to win Nationals!
Bring it on!
I had a great time watching fantastic blocking by one of my new derby heroins Malice with Chains and some increadable never-stopping-jamming by Bonnie Thunders! The Championship bout was not as nailbiting as the Grudge bout, but still it was a display of AMAZING derby, I love this sport sooo much and I can't wait to get well from my cold so I can go skate again!
I guess I did not win Nationals, but I went to Nationals and got third, and I am not one to complain about that! I am very proud of what I have achived, and not over to making European derby just as amazing!
Nov 22, 2010
I used to smoke, at one point me and my roomie smoked a pack a day (if you speak Swedish you can find her on her own blog mirijam.blogspot.com), it think we thought we were cool or something, but I guess we were 17, so we might be excused based on that. But NO, there is nothing cool about smoking, you stink and most of all, you pollute that air for people that are not smoking and make people that are allergic seriously ill.
My first cigarette was from a pack of cigarettes I stole from my parents, I think they were Camel lights, and it tasted terrible, but I know it also tasted like an adventure, I knew I was doing something that I wasn't supposed to do, and triggered by the forbidden, I continued to cough myself thruogh that first pack of cigarettes, to be followed by many more. For a short time I smoked menthols, that my New Jersey friends would make me go buy the pack, because I pronounced it 'mentals' and it would leave them laughing for hours and hours. For a short while I was inspired by my punk friends and would roll my own cigarettes. My favorite was always Red Prince, a Danish cigarette that I abused for many years, until I moved to US, where those were nowhere to find....
I guess as a former smoker I can remember the calmness that would occur after a few drags, the slight high that the nicotine would provide me with. I also can admit that I always felt slightly cool standing outside the bar with a cigarette. Also cigarettes are great company, for some reason a person sitting alone smoking don't seem as alone as the person that just sits. And then it's the poetic aspect to the cigarette, it just looks better to be a suffering poet, teenager, artist or anything with a cigarette. A black cup of coffee is just more dressed up with a cigarette, blowing smoke sexy over the edge of a glass of dark red wine has something luring to it... yes.. yes... yes I KNOW all this!
You will still taste like an ashtray while kissed, you will still be short of breath on your third lap, and you will still give your allergic friends asthma attacks, all your clothes will smell like last nights party and your hangover will be worse... it always is if you smoked. And saying that you just can't quit makes you sort of lame, because anyone can do what they really want to do, and wanting itself is the key. You have to want to quit to be able to quit, and being an amazing rollerderby player was enough of a motivation for me, that and being sick of feeling like shit and smelling unattractivley...
It is now about 3 years ago since I had my last cigarette, and I feel better than ever, and yes it was hard to quit, I had quit about 10 times before, but 3 years ago I just decided I wanted to quit. I really wanted to quit, no matter what... and so I did! When it comes to smoking I don't mind being a quitter...
Nov 21, 2010
Yesterday I worked an event with Aarhus Derby Danes and Copenhagen Rollergirls, it was good times. We greeted guests at a party with 18,000 people in the middle of nowhere. It was quite an adventure, not to talk about the trip there... All I will say about the trip there is that we were in a rental van that would not do more than 108km/h... I named the van "Big Blue" it was orange on the inside and blue on the outside... there was water dripping from the internal lamp and the glove compartment was filled with a blackish oily liquid... but in the end it did the job and we got our job down.
The actual work was just to skate around and greet the guests, smile and greet, the floor was polished concrete, so it was very pleasant to skate on...
Today me, Loony and Kris are going to the Sauna and then hitting up a all-you-can-eat sushi. I figured if the food that you can eat is mainly healthy, you can't really feel bad about eating all-you-can of it...
Nov 20, 2010
So I got to Copenhagen... I got to see my girl, it is all good! Yesterday we went to the gym!! Finally, back on the work-out track. Krazy Kris and Loony snuck me in, and I felt awkward, but it was sort of funny.
I realized at the gym that I need to make myself a work-out plan, Kris and Loony has some sort of machine hopping routine, and that doesn't work for me, I am really nerdy, and want to go and do upper-body, lower-body and core, preferably on three different days, and add in running on a fourth day. Yeah, I am a little boring like that, but for me, that's what gives result. But for the day being yesterday I enjoyed some machine hopping and 6min on the treadmill...
In the night time Copenhagen Roller Derby had a logo-release party and calender release party, and we were all wearing gold, since it is their bouting colors. Loony made us fantastic outfits, and I did make-up and hair. So all together it was a real nice day, even if I will never drink mojitios again, waaaay to much sugar, I think I am still on a sugar high... and the beer selection is this country does leave a lot to wish for... sigh... Yes I am a beer snob...
Nov 18, 2010
I'm going to Denmark today, with a stop-over in Malmö, to see Vix Viking from Crime City Rollers. Sweden is rolling by outside and I acctually slept for a couple of hours, the train to Malmö/Copenhagen is not bad, and I got a ticket on Tradera (the Swedish version of e-bay) for only 160 skr (that's about 23 dollars).
Sweden started of with being snow-covered outside the window, not it's just all sorts of shades of brown with naked trees and frozen lakes. Brrrrr... it really is November... I wanna sit at home and eat soup, I love soup during the fall and the winter and instead I'm rushing thruogh Sweden, but maybe I get to eat soup with Malou tonight. Yaya!!
I know I said I was gonna start working out, and it has to happen real soon. There are three things that makes me majorly cranky, not enough food, not enough sleep and not working out... yeah, no kidding, I am really cranky right now. I have a hard time sleeping during the nights, I have not gotten into a good work-out routine yet and I just keep on forgetting to eat and then end up snacking on something really unhealthy...
Yepp, there you go I am pushing ALL the three reasons for crankyness.... MMmMMmmm... call me the FLYING BITCH from Sweden... maybe my name should be Swede Bitch instead of the current Swede Hurt... I need coffee, I am going to venture around the train to find that suprisingly good coffee they have on the train!
This weekend is going to be packed of action, starting with Copenhagen Roller Derby having a party tomorrow, Crime City has a party on Saturday, but I'm not able to attend, because I'm going to work some event with the Copenhagen girls... and then I have to return to Stockholm on Sunday, oh the joy of traveling, I'm just hoping I can land a cheap ticket back to Stockholm!
Nov 17, 2010
It starts on the inside, just somewhere dark inside, and it slowly travels around the body, the heart beats slower and a black feeling of nothingness overwhelms. One miss, and one don't miss, because missing seem to be quite worthless and has a lack of reality. All this in one breath, and in another one, and then it's the pain, the pain that doesn't exist, because it can't be explained, but it is there.
Stronger than ever one may appear, but just like that, broken, just like all of us, so lost in words and in pain, so not hungry, in the midst of a leap, but having nowhere to turn. Because how do you explain that it is all so easy but it is harder than ever.
Nov 16, 2010
So I bet you are really curious what atheletes like us eat... and since I have been a little lazy on my food blogging, I wanted to point you in the direction of the blog that Pie wrote about her eating habits during Championals... CLICK HERE AND YOU will learn all about it!!
So I have not really had a derby break since I started playing with Jet City in December 2007... I just have a hard time taking breaks, it just is not for me... but it has started to show, well maybe not show, but feel on my body right now. My knees are hurting, so is my back and shoulder... and it is not only because it is a full-contact sport, but also because we go around in quite a small tight little circle and all muscles get different preassure... Our bodies acctually become a little tilted and jilted, so we are becoming aerodynamic with the derbytrack... HA... BUT my dear friends, this come with the cost of pain! So for once I know we have tried to run practices in opposite direction, but we probably only skate 10% of practices in opposite direction, and to even out those poor bodies we would need more like 40-50% of practices to be ran in opposite directions...
I really do encourage leauges to run a few of their drill in opposite direction, it really really work wonders for your body, and also your skills... two flies in one swat!
So I am going on a slight derby break now, just until the end of January, I will attend practices, help run practices, I will travel for derby to help... all that I can do, I just also will put together a strength training program that will get me back to a less tilted and jilted person, as it is right now I cannot drive more than 45 min, and I get pains shooting down the entire right side and I have to stop... like really HAVE to stop!
To be fair, I have never been this fit, not since I was 20years old, and snowboarding was just another sport where you use your different sides in an uneven way, getting your body all uneaven... yeah, Iguess I know how to pick 'em...
But since we all know I need motivation, I decided to challange a girl from Paris in armwrestling (this might have started as a joke on facebook) and that is what I'm getting buff for, December 11th.. .at the German Championships!
Nov 15, 2010
Today I walked and had lunch with Kix DeVille, one of Stockholm’s rollergirls, had a terrible, really terrible sandwich at Wayne’s Coffee but the coffee was great, so I guess you win some, you loose some. That’s right, that’s life, as we know it. Except from the extremely disappointing sandwich it was a nice lunch. Kix was trying to talk me into going skating at the local indoor skate park tonight… and I must say I’m quite intrigued, but my back is still hurting and I am not completely opposed to just laying around on the couch and watching Swedish TV (that be an American shows with subtitles…). I don’t have Internet at home, so my sources of other fun are limited. I am not even iPhone borne here I have a Sony Ericsson with a cracked shield from 2004… (It was the shit back then)
I walked Drottninggatan from the city center back home to my ‘borough’… it takes about 25min, Stockholm is Sweden’s largest city, but it is hard to compare it to any of the American cities that I have lived in, it is populations wise larger than Seattle but is more compact and urbanized that Seattle… and nothing compares to NYC, so I try not to generalize or compare, even if it slightly entertains me to think of Drottninggatan as Stockholm’s 5th Avenue… Yes, I am laughing to myself….
(And YES, I ended up going skating, and it was FUN FUN FUN and AWESOME)
Just one of those late night reflections... but I did have four Guinness and half a bag of chips for dinner... so we will see how long the looks last, I mainly blame Smashed not Strrd from Stockholm Rollergirls, she is a VERY bad influence!
I love coaching with Loony, she really is a great coach and help for me, her previous experiance as a coach and trainer really shows. We compliment each other real well when we coach together, and I really like that! She is also an amazingly funny person, that I love to spend time with, and did I mention that she is also darn pretty?
I do miss Gotham, but it still just feels like I am on vacation, and OMG keep on jokingly asking me when I'm coming back from it. Ahhhrgghhh
Nov 12, 2010
Fisti came over and wached over my struggle to pack my belongings into three bags (that I had to pay overweight for). I bought her sushi to make her not to miss me so much, I still think she will miss me very much, because I will miss her very much. I didn't even get a bagel, but we did drink a beer... Breakfast Stout... at 1pm, the off-season really is here!
The light in hte end of the tunnel is that I get to see Malou tomorrow in Stockholm, and I also get to see my friend Em, that I really miss... I will aslo get to see the great girls of Stockholm Rollerderby... I guess I have something to do during my 9 hour flight, make up a ''lesson'' plan for them... I promised them they could get to touch the medals... I like that! I am gonna put them right next to my Swedish Nationals 3rd Cup (that was in snowboarding 2010)
Today is the last day of NYC, but it is also the last day of slacking, after today I'm gonna get back to a more rigid off-skates training, just because I move back to Europe does not mean I am gonna allow myself to become a coach potato. (the pun is intended)
Today I need to clean my apartment, pack up the last of my belongings and head to Newark to get on a plane to Stockholm, I have a wedding party to attend Saturday. In a weak moment I promised the girls from Stockholm Rollerderby to swing by and lead a practice... I guess I have something to do on the flight... planning a practice for those awesome girls.
Nov 11, 2010
Yesterday I had dinner with some of my closest friends here in NYC, and I am so happy that those people are my friends, because they are the best. I did cook a vegan meal so Bunnys boyfriend could eat it, we drank cheap and expensive Champange and the roamed around all the clothes that I am not bringing to Europe... I almost talked Bonnie and OMG into sleeping on my floor... I guess it was worth a try! Right?
You meet people in life, and some you keep, and those people I want to keep in my life, forever and ever! (Bonnie is planning on locking me into the apartment, I hope she has a feeding plan)
Nov 10, 2010
My Rat City saga ended with me leading my team to a win of the season opener. I packed my car and drove crosscountry with OMG, just to apear at the doorstep of Gotham in time for transfer try-outs... I spent a month sleeping on an airmatresse in Bonnie and OMGs extra room and going to freshmeat practice.and then I got drafted on Manhattan Mayhem and picked up by he Allstars... The rest is history...
I have learned alot about derby, I have made really dear friends and did I mention my skills have improved more than I ever thought was possible. I'm gonna miss everyone in the leauge, but I will miss the Mayhem girls and he Allstars a little extra... I will miss the fun times and I will miss the frustrating times!
I do have ONE weakness, and that is candy, not chocolate candy but salty and sour candy... sugar highhhh.... I get hiiiigh on sugar! NO kidding! So now when Championships are over I'm stuffing my face with candy, making me feel a little bad, but at the same time, not really, because soon I will be back in Sweden and running on the cold, cold streets of my native country...
I realized I need to get a new snowboard jacket and pants for this winter, not that I have gone forever, but my clothes are over seven years old, and no longer water resistant... For some reason I feel really intrigued to go snowboarding this winter, I haven't gone in seasons. I can't belive I used to compete...
Nov 9, 2010
What can I say? Goal achieved, I not only played Nationals, I took home a medal, it's not a gold, but it still a medal. It is amazing, just amazing! It is truly sad that I am leaving and don't get to skate with my beloved Gotham Allstars next season, but I have truly enjoyed this season.
I did really did reach one of my dreams, and I will continue to skate in Europe, trying to spread the love and word of derby.
And thanks to all of you that write and tell me that I am an inspiration to you, because you are all an inspiration to me.
Nov 8, 2010
Nov 7, 2010
Last year at Championals I also challanged Suzy Hotrod to an arm-off, and I must say that I already now declare her the winner!
Wow, and Pie just threw her empty coffee cup on the TV!
Nov 6, 2010
Texas also put up a really good fight against us, but we are playing the semi-finals later today. Two games in the same day, life ain't easy, floor is sticky and skaters shins are cramping up a little, but nothing some water and tigerbalm can't take care of.
Now back to feeding and drinking water!
A shake, coffee and a banana later, I'm dressed and ready to play Texas... It's a first for everything and this is the first time I play Texas! Oh yeah! Oh yeah! Oh yeah!
It has been a long day with lots of derby, the only truly exciting game today was BAD vs. Texas, all the other games were quite easily predicted after 10 mins gametime. I missed Minnesota vs. Charm since we decided to go for food, semi-healthy Thai food... Charm did win that and are playing Rocky Mountain tomorrow. Philly vs Madison was a huge blow-out, and it was one of those painful games you just wanted to end. Madison did put up a fight, but were nowhere close to touch Philly who kept on pounding them down, that means Philly is playing Kansas tomorrow. The final game of the night, I only watched the first part, since I once again needed to go feed myself, japaneese this time, but without even going onto DNN I am sure that Oly knocked out Nashville from the tournament. So tomorrow we will see Oly play Windy City!
Now I'm gonna go to sleep... Next to little Sweet SherryPie who is petting her own belly...
The End for today
Nov 5, 2010
So now I'm drinking shitty hotel coffee in bed and making my shake, for after practice. Yeah, we have practice before we go and watch Texas vs. BAD. We are playing the winner of that game tomorrow morning, early morning!
Then we wen for food, and on the way back to the hotel we realized why Chicago is called Windy City... pie got her first hail experiance...
Nov 4, 2010
THis is the point where I probably should just go out and get a larger rollie, but I am not that kind of gal! So I'm just gonna continue being an idiot and try to pack more into tiny objects and call it a day... Oh yeah!
She was my commuting vessel, when I lived in Seattle, worked and schooled in Tacoma and skated in Everett... Time is up, I will no longer play Tegan and Sarah while bobbing my head in my black Subaru Impreza Wagon... It is a little sad... does this make me less of a woman?
Nov 3, 2010
Today I have a thousand things to do, I have to put up a bunch of things in the apartment, I have to pack, I have to get some magic things from the Vitamin Store, get an extra pair of socks, I have to go out to Astoria and get my wristguards, elbowpads, kneepads and some extra wheels. I also need to eat, sleep and on top of it all I have promised to show a Swedish girl from Malmö - Crime City Rollers to Five Stride Skateshop... my pleasure...
I already went to the cobbler and got an extra eyelet put into my skate, I skate on Riedell 695's and they get to large around the ankles, so I had a cobbler put in extra eyelets on top, and it has worked great. But right before Eastern Regionals, one of the eyelets fell out, so I have actually been re-enforcing it with duct tape...
Oh, and did I mention I got my car sold too... so that is a little of a burden of my shoulders...