Hurts so good

I know I’ve officially lost  my mind because I find I enjoy getting hit at roller derby almost as much as hitting.  After that first good slam, I don’t feel anything except jazzed.  Could this be what my Danish and German ancestors meant by ‘berserk?’  36 hours later the Ooog, or Good Hurt, sets in.

Short of injury, I love it.  Anything that goes crunch, or Ow after a minute or so, or blood, not so much. Athletes know that there is a Good Hurt and a Bad Hurt.  Now you know.

Yesterday I learned three things that may get me to the next level.

First, tuck yer butt!  The lower back should be slightly rounded, the tailbone pointed at the ground.  This not only engages the abs more securely but also lets the glutes take over some of the work that, in a more up-heinie or baboon-like posture, is thrown upon our overworked quads and hamstring muscles.

This is the opposite of what we do in horseback riding, where an arched back and a popo-prominent posture are approved.

Second, when crossing over, the weight transfers from right leg to left leg in a natural progression, timed to allow the left (inside) leg to r-e-a-c-h as far as possible so you get the most snap and greatest acceleration.

I’ve been doing everything but. . . keeping my weight on the right leg the whole time, which makes the pull with the left skate a weak sister, or transferring my weight too soon, which prevents a long reach and again, weakens the pull.

Three, do all your turning with your hips.  This prevents the shoulders and arms from swinging around, soaking up energy you want put into forward motion. It also helps keep the right hip and the bottom right ribs almost in contact on those tight end turns.

This time, the lightbulb went on thanks to the ministrations of Pominatrix,who took over our speed class.  All hail Pom!

These wonderful things result in the Good Hurt:  sore glutes and sore lowest-band abs, two areas that I have a hard time getting to work.

If you know any glute or low-ab exercises, shoot ’em over!

Jen alias Flash Hottie – read my stuff here.



Hurts so good — 2 Comments

  1. You. Are. Too. Cool. I’d fansquee into your solar plexus all over again if you were in front of me right now. Rock on!

  2. Pilates. Pilates, Pilates, Pilates. There’s lots of ab and glute workouts in Pilates ground work, with and without an exercise ball, and I recommend it.

    (FYI, my trainer does not recommend the riding posture you describe–but then, I ride Western. If you arched your back and stuck out your popo when riding my reining mare to a hard stop, you’d be sent flying at least a foot out of the saddle. That girl stops. You’ve got to lift the abs and sit down hard on that tailbone to stay seated.)