Thea Starr mentioned that Jet City Rollergirls were looking for a few good volunteers for their upcoming season. I love to volunteer when I can, so I jumped at the chance; totally unaware of what was to come!
So flash forward to this past Saturday and me helping them setup for the bouts later that night. My job for 2 1/2 hours was to help break apart and put back together the derby track. The track consists of plastic tile squares that snap together. The info I got prior to showing up was "bring garden gloves". I would've added "kneepads, Ibuprofen, 2 gallons of water, bandaids, a sewing kit and a heating pad". ;)
Seriously. It was brutal!
Most of my time was spent on my knees, whacking the floor tiles with my hand to make sure they snapped tight. The giant blister on the palm of my hand was my reward! Along with a sore back, bruised knees, a ripped shirt and wobbly legs!
The bouts that evening were really fun! Those girls kick some serious ass! I can't believe most of them were there helping set up, working harder than I was, then they had to skate in the bouts only a few hours later. That is some serious stamina, ladies! Very impressive.
If you've never been to a roller derby bout, you should definitely check it out. I went years ago to the Rat City Rollergirls in Seattle. But I'm so glad to have a local team closer to home. A few days later, my body is finally healed from basically doing squat thrusts all afternoon! And I can't wait for the next bout!