Sep 202010
 

It’s Suzy Hotrod from Gotham Girls Roller Derby writing to you today from beautiful New York City, where strangely enough there was a tornado today. So what more fitting a way to celebrate a freak thing in nature than with me writing a blog. TrAC/DC met me at Rollercon and asked me to write for Live Derby Girls. Which is super, since I make fun of blogs and those who write them. None the less with the arrival of a tornado and the discovery that Scarlet Rage’s dog Klaus has a blog , I’m up on my courage. TrAC says I should just write like I talk, uh…. so….. shit fuck son of a bitch? What’s this blog going to be about? Damned if I know because my entire life consists of riding my bike to work, working, watering the garden, skating, eating, and sleeping. Repeat. Then on the weekends I dig in record bins and am constantly disgusted at the huge amount of Frampton Comes Alive records I find. Is that enough to drum up some blog hits? Speaking of hits, my new favorite roller derby term of the week is “Ass Punch.” In closing I wanted to attach a photo but am too stupid to figure out how to do that. So instead here’s a great video of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby Team at the gym hitting the weights.

Photo by JoeRollerFan

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May 132010
 

I don’t do things in moderation, I just don’t. I have tried, but I still end up challenging myself to challenges that might or might not be totally crazy and undoable, the past few months I told others and myself that I was going to make the Gotham all-stars, that I was going to win an arm-off against Suzy Hotrod from Gotham (se picture) and win a tan-off against Sunshine Skate from Philly, who is a Latina… So I did make the Gotham All-stars, the other two things are still to be determined… oh and I also would really like to date Psychobabble (or you know maybe just hold hands), but I guess I settle for things that might be a little more in my range. (as in mentioned arm-offs and tan-offs )

Suzy Hotrod - arm-off is coming up...

I really hate to lose, not in the obvious ‘oh I am so mad I lost’ kind of way, I will just silently work out, practice listen and one day just sneak up on my target and go for the kill. Me and an old roomie used to compete in everything, Trivial Pursuit and video games were our usual objects to obsess over. I must say I mastered Mario Cart after that winter, and knew every Trivial Pursuit question by heart. Complaining never gotten anyone anywhere, but it has its’ charm at times, and I am willing to admit that I submit to complain at times. Like right now I have a couple of giant bruises, my shoulder is a little out of wonk and my ankle is disagreeing with me and skating. But when it comes down to it all, it is about to know your own body and push it a little more, but not too much, to recognize when you are in serious pain, or when it is really just regular derby pain. Because NEWSFLASH, derby is a full contact sport, your body will hit the ground numerous times, and if it doesn’t ever hit the ground, you are probably either magical (I am not opposed to that), not trying hard enough or just not really playing derby. And it will not only hit the ground, other girls will do their best to knock you around with hip checks, sternum blocks and shoulder checks, most of them will be legal, but at times you will grow accustomed to getting your knees wiped out by a low block or your head rattled by a high block. In all fairness, it will happen. Your body will slowly adjust to being covered in bruises, swollen knees, ankles and whatever happens to be your weak spot… You just have to identify your weak spot, and start working the muscles up around it, if you have a bad ankle, nurse it with love and pain, make sure it gets to rest, but also make sure that it get worked out, that the small little muscles in it builds up so it will become a part of your fierce derby body…

Well, enough about me ranting, I have a spray-tan appointment and a date with the gym… ehhh ohhh and all-star practice tomorrow…

Working out arms and tanning at the same time....

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