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!