I’ve gone to three roller derby practices since breaking my collarbone. During the first one, we did a pile of suicide drills. The second one consisted of our league meeting and more suicide drills. The third one? Well, that was my wake-up call. We did hitting drills.
I guess I should have thought twice about trying to do shoulder hits three months after breaking a bone that so severely affected my shoulder.
I took the hits given to me pretty well, but when it came time for me to do the snake drill where I hit an entire line of girls using my shoulders, I should have thought twice about participating. Right when I got to the end of the line, I hit Thugz & Kissez and immediately felt pain tear through my left side.
So yeah… I’m slowing down. Well, not completely slowing down. I’m doing sprints and non-hitting drills, which means I’ll keep being thrown in to jam—instant target!—because I’m playing in our first away bout in Tulsa on February 6.
Long story short, I’m back to feeling stiff and sore, and I’ve also learned my lesson. I’m back on the path to wellness and planning on kicking some major butt this year—even if I have to take it slowly.