It happened! I finally got a crossover while in motion! So if you didn't know roller derby has a minimum skills test, which you must pass before you can actually join a team. You don't want to send someone out there to get hurt. The test covers everything from stopping to endurance and everything in between. You learn more at Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) website (I've linked the information on minimum skills).
Well anyways, I ain't anywhere near passing minimum skills. I have lots of skills to work on but I've been very stuck on crossovers. I could do them standing but not in motion. The only way to pass the endurance/speed test is with the crossovers. Simply can't get enough speed going without them. I've been so stuck that I didn't think I would ever get them. I mean up until two weeks ago I was still holding the wall to crossrover! I got them last night!
I know I've been very in my head about the crossover. SoHo has told me more than once to get out of my head and just skate. I can't help it. Can't you tell I'm usually in my head? I mean I blog rather than talk. So we fall in derby. It's derby you are going to fall. I know I am going to fall. I fall every week! I was so afraid of falling while crossing over. I have no clue why. I kept telling myself that it is okay to fall and just get it over with already.
Last night, I went to roller derby with a different attitude. I requested Black Widows (2 laps sprinted followed by an exercise like push-ups or mountain climbers). I wanted to see how far I had come. My first time doing Black Widows I had been on skate like three weeks. I was scared. I was the last person in each time. I wanted to challenge myself. I did great! I was ready for crossovers. I worked up the nerve and I crossed my legs in motion and I FELL! I fell then I got up and like magic I could crossover. I stopped looking at my feet and they were crossing over. The worst that could happen happened and then I was okay!
I have long way to go to passing minimum skills but I'm tackling each skill slowly and growing as a skater. I am going to pass minimum skills. I'm sure people are sick of me talking about roller derby but is what I'm working on at the moment. I love roller derby! Enjoy the DC Roller Girls singing "Play Derby With Me"