This season is smelling off!

I’m lost without derby already and it hasn’t even been a week!

I ended the year on such a derby high, I think I’m coming down off it hardcore! I’m still talking about league stuff on a daily basis with certain people. I’m still planning for things next year. I’m still in derby brain mode… yet there was no training on Tuesday, there will be none tonight, or scrimmage Saturday. I won’t be doing drills or coaching or skating around in a circle and turning left until the end of January… it’s time to kick-start the off-season!

This is actually the first time I’ve had a designated off-season. I stopped skating end of 2011 when I moved to Melbourne, and didn’t join my new league until February. I wouldn’t deem that an off-season, I would deem that as my life taking priority.

But now?… now I have to look to next year and prepare myself. Maintain my fitness and focus on strength building.

 asks a good question: Are you an Athlete or Weekend Warrior? I would like to think of myself as an Athlete. As someone that wants to strive to be better, to dedicate myself to putting in the hard yards, to step it up a notch.

Sure, the Christmas period isn’t the best time to jump head long in to the World of full blown cross-training…

CROSS TRAINING IN THE OFF-SEASON
crosstraining in the off-season
via: The .Gif of Derby

…but it’s at this time of year that it’s crucial you look at how you will be planning on maintaining your fitness level. Think about resting those injuries but perhaps conditioning the ones you rarely accommodate in your standard training weeks.

For me? I am going to jump head first in to swimming (geddit? see what I did there?), plus jump on my bike to keep those legs active and focus on some core exercises. I am giving myself a 2 week break just to rest my mind and body. But in the new year it’s on.

2013… I’m SO going to own you! 😉

What is your off-season plans?

I Want Wednesday

I want a change of hairstyle. They say a change is as good as a holiday, well I want a fricken vacation already! I always think about changing up my style, trying something new… but I always revert back to the same ol’ same ol’.

Here are some styles I’ve been lusting after of late:

all of the red
I’ve been dreaming a little too much about red hair lately…

blonde and brown
Browns and Bobs and Ombre Oh My!

You can see more lust-worthy locks over on my Pinterest board.

Do you have a style you’ve always wanted to try, but just never seem to take the leap?

#Fridayderp

Tomorrow night is our leagues AGM and Christmas party before we go on a 6 week Summer Break. I predict it will go a little something like this:

I WILL HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS
big ange

THEN SOMEONE WILL HAND ME A DRINK
no to tequila
buffy shots

THEN IT WILL BE ON!
gwen stefani

I WILL HAVE ALL OF THE DRINKS!
all of the drinks

FOLLOWED BY ACTION ON THE DANCE FLOOR
gangnam

lmfao

patsy and eddie

SOMEONE WILL THEN TELL ME I’VE HAD TOO MUCH TO DRINK
whatever

THEN I’LL PROBABLY TELL SOME PEOPLE THIS
i friggin love you

PROCEEDED BY THIS
excuse me i have to go vomit

I WILL SOMEHOW MAKE IT HOME AND WAKE UP LIKE THIS:
why am i still alive

High five ladies and gents of Northside Rollers!
Merry Derby Christmas to ya’ll!

Birthday Haul

So my Birthday came and went. I extended the celebrations for as long as I could without it spilling over to some other baby jesus’ birthday shenanigans.

I had a fantastic week. I was taken out for a lovely dinner on Wednesday night at Kumo Izakaya on Lygon St. An Izakaya is to the Japanese what tapas is to the Spanish. It was amazing food! Also indulged in a sake flight: three 60ml samples of varying sake from dry to sweet. Enjoyed that immensely.

birthday adventures

On Thursday (my actual birthday) I took the day off work and took myself shopping. I kick started the morning with a coffee and custard brioche from Dulcita on Brunswick St, Fitzroy before I BOUGHT ALL OF THE SHOES!!!

Seriously. I really did. But what can you expect when Rubi Shoes has 50% off all sale stock! I scored 4 pairs for $45! #Winning!! I also bought a pair of Ah-Mazing boots from Wittner. They were my present from mum and dad… I bought the Axelle wedge sneaker, with it’s buckle and kickarse spikes, Urgh! I’m in love with this shoe!!

birthday gifts

That night I had Vixens training, our last one before our bout on the weekend (and last one for the year!). I got plenty of high-fives, they all sang happy birthday to me, I got 32 birthday hits from Spink! and rad presents from the wifey! (who doesn’t love a ninja lego necklace!?!).

Friday night I had a few friends over to continue my celebrating. I was given Dance Central 3 for Xbox 360 so after something to eat we some of us got our battle on, on the dance floor. It’s the funniest game to play, especially when some take it more seriously than others.

I also got plenty of derby-related presents too! I FINALLY got new plates for my boots. I was given the Riedell PowerDyne Reactor plates from the man (he had threaten to buy me a pair of Royal Doultan plates because I was taking too long decided which ones to get! hurr hurr he’s so funny :P). My sister got me a new Pro-tec classic helmet (I got it in white). The in-laws gave me Bont Jesa 608 Swiss Bearings which were on my Xmas list, so high-five to getting them early!! I also got a new whistle from Slay and Stax so I can blast it at coaching next year, and maybe try my hand at a bit of reffing (we’ll see!)

bday presents derby stuff

And of course Saturday was our Bout day (Yay to Vixens winning!!) and I kept the birthday celebrations going at the after party which we had at The Resurrection on Lygon St.

I spent the entirety of Sunday on the couch.

All in all, a massive birthday week. I am so grateful I have awesome friends I could celebrate with this year. I have an awesome family that spoils me rotten and a man that tolerates understands my need for new shiny derby gear! High five to that!