Relax, It’s the Holidays!

You hear that a lot, right?  Relax, it’s the holidays!  It’s supposed to be a time for family and friends, for gathering together and sharing joy.  But often, this time of year is the antithesis of relaxation.  It can be stressful, emotionally challenging, and generally a pain in the ass. More … Keep reading

What Really Matters at the End of the Season

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Last night was TCRD’s year-end party.  Every season, I look forward to the our wrap-up, and the chance to share how proud I am of my team.  This year was no different.  My home team had a great, if brief, season.  The skaters all progressed, we played well together, and … Keep reading

Searching for Dr. Right

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I’m two months into my ACL injury now, and I’ve been pretty lucky – I’ve had some successes, and I’ve learned a lot.  In my last injury post, I talked about Doing Nothing and the importance of not re-injuring while rehabbing (or while waiting for a diagnosis).  I talked about … Keep reading

What I’m Reading Today: The Feel-Good Edition

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Now that it’s fall and you can feel the chill coming into the air at night, we could all use some warm fuzzies.  Today’s readings are all about feeling good. Since my injury, I’ve been feeling down and have been wondering what I am without the use of a key … Keep reading

Pain and Discomfort

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I promise this won’t turn into a fully fledged injury blog, but the second week of my own injury has given me lots to think about. When I first hurt myself, I thought the initial phase would be the most challenging. That physically not being capable of moving around would … Keep reading

Shrinking the Change

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Last week, I talked about not having time to train.  I gave some quick and dirty solutions – that’s all you need, right?  Just some ideas and you’re good to go?  And you’ll keep it up? Not always. Often when people say that they don’t have time to train (or … Keep reading

“But I Just Don’t Have Time To Train!”

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I hear this line ALL THE TIME. And, people, I hear you.  We lead busy lives – we have jobs, some of us have kids, we make it to practice, and do our league jobs.  Where can we even find the time for the off-skates training that we need? I’m … Keep reading

Summertime, Gettin’ to Derby Ain’t Easy

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Ah summer, time for beaches and patios and gardening and weekend get-aways. What’s that?  You can’t because you have derby practice? What’s a dedicated skater to do?  Waste all this wonderful weather in a sweaty arena?  Ignore those summer jobs around the house, even though you’re not really bouting again … Keep reading