So, since we weren't able to practice at our usual rink last sunday due to the arena hosting the Stanley Cup, we decided to have a little fun in the sun! And what fun it was! We all geared up in a parking lot... and took off on our our sunday stroll, Roller Derby style! We were sporting our team jerseys, and received many happy honks, waves, and cheers from many passerbys... and no doubt dumb-founded, jaw-dropped, head-scratching gawks from 3 times as many who witnessed, as our gaggle of happy little pixies skated in and around town! Rochester, being fairly flat, was a wonderful area for such an expedition... and despite a few roads with less than stellar pavement, and crossing the railroad tracks twice (!); this, my introductory course in outdoor skating, was surprisingly easier and less intimidating than I thought it would be. (The only real drawback that I noticed was the very strange stripes of sunburn I got on my neck and arms, only in places that weren't covered by shirt, elbow pad, or wristguard. I'm Irish. Sunscreen is must. Oops!) .....But there it began, I became obsessed!!!! Seriously. Obsessed! Kali (Princess Peach-Schnapps), and I decided to forgo the usual trip all the way up to Portland for adult skate night on tuesday and instead decided to stay closer to home and have a little more outdoor action. This time we decided not to go all out on a leg-busting endurance drill, and took it easy on ourselves by just goofing off a little in the parking lot of her cousins apartment complex. We set up some "weaving cones" using our shoes, and mostly just worked on basic footwork stuff, plowstops, and hopping over the painted lines. There was a small hill and I practiced slalam style side-to-side weaving to control my speed going down. Wednesday the weather was beautiful. I work in downtown Portsmouth where you can watch many people strolling by, riding bicycles, jogging, and otherwise enjoying the sunshine and atmosphere of town. It was too much for me to simply sit and watch others enjoy it... I felt like a caged animal!! With a need for skating that had to be fed! I left work early (eh, it was slow anyway! right? hehe), and oh jeez, my skates just HAPPENED to still be in my car! *insert mischievous laughter here* I laced up, threw all my gear on, and off I went, paying very little mind to the dark and dreary looking clouds that had swept through town just moments before I decided to leave work. If anything, I thought myself lucky that it would probably omit the need for sunscreen, as beautiful as the sunshine had been... eh, who needs it?! I have skating to do! And so I took off on a journey through Portsmouth, trying to stick mostly to the residential neighborhoods with less traffic. There were several hills to overcome, both in climbing them... and trying to go down without careening out of control. I had no real destination or route planned out, just found stop signs and decided on a whim which way to go. Which nearly got me lost, and several times found myself at an intersection looking around wondering... "How the heck did I get HERE?!" And then.... right when I was about as far from my car as I dared go.... downpour! Yup. Those dark looming clouds had something in mind afterall. So it was a quick skate back through town and to my car... almost slipped at one point downtown with a car right next to me, scary! By the time I got back home to Dover it had tapered off, but the storms were on again off again. I was mad that I had left work early and my expedition was cut short... so while at least feeling more comfortable that I was close to home, I put my gear on once again, but the rain just didn't want to let up. I sat in the garage with skates, pads, and helmet on while my fiancee worked on his motorcycle, and watched the raindrops splash in their little puddles as if to taunt me. At one point Keith looked over at me laughing as he compared my likeness to that of a 5 year old little girl stuck inside on a rainy day when she wants to go ride her bike. Finally, spotting the closest thing I would see to a break between the storms I took off once again! No amount of rain was going to get the better of me before I had fully satisfied my skating needs! I cruised around Dover a bit this time, once again trying to stay out of downtown for fear of getting hit by a car. I met with a pretty intimidating hill I had to negotiate my way down but managed to do so still in one piece, and still standing! (Although a man on the sidewalk watching me from the bottom, while trying to make it look like he was playing on his phone, may have had his doubts. Infact, we both did at moments.) Even better, I made it back home just moments before the worst part of the storms hit. And so... I love hitting the roller rink on a friday night... instead of going to the bar, or doing whatever else might be "cool" ... and I love Derby... like seriously, LOVE derby!! ... But now, I also love skating outside... anywhere and everywhere! Here in northern New England we don't see a whole lot of nice weather, and the public rinks and practice times will still be there through winter. For now, for the last few weeks of summer, down with those 4 walls! I'm sick of being confined to skating in a little circle, this derby girl needs to be set free!! So I'll be outside whenever my schedule, and weather allows. If you happen to pass by give a honk, give a shout, just don't hit me please! Between Rochester, Dover, Portsmouth, anywhere inbetween, or anywhere else I can venture, I plan on leaving no road uncharted! :) --With much Derby Love! XOXO #88Ra Randioactive
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