Obviously, towards the end of school, i had to take a leave for my 20 hour work days as i finished my thesis. Then the day i graduated, i moved back to Chicago. Chicago has its own derby league, the Windy City Rollers, but those bitches are hardcore. They are professional athletes and i don't think i will ever be able to make a commitment like that. Also, it was seriously hard on my knees.
Derby Lite is a series of derby courses led by retired derby gals. It caters to people who have never skated, all the way up to people looking to join a smaller suburban league. I am doing the beginner class (the oak park one!), because i have a friend who convinced me to sign up. Its 10 weeks, with a once a week practice, and the focus is more on skills and strength training rather than knocking people over. I am so excited to skate again! The ladies have been in a box in the closet collecting dust!
I can't speak to the Derby Lite classes (yet) as they don't start until next month. But for me, joining a roller derby was a huge character builder that gave me confidence. If you have ever wanted to be involved with a roller derby, but were scared because you have never skated before, i highly encourage you check this out.
Time to embrace your inner BAMF. or at very least, your inner 5th grader going to a co-ed birthday party.
In case you were all wondering, yes my derby name was/is gingerfoxxx. Branding, people!