Week 4. Fresh meat…… your match! – By Abi Sin Ya.
This Tuesday at Fresh Meat was all about pairing up. After a whopping 22 min warm up, practising stops and fall, we went on to buddy up and try for our 25 in 5.
As I’ve been refereeing with the league for a few months, I’d had a little go at 10 in 1:35, which is the WFTDA minimum skill for referees. I didn’t succeed and it had knocked my confidence a bit. I actually felt like I was going to die when I tried it before. My pace was all wrong and I went too fast at the start. Unable to keep that pace I hit the wall early! This time around was different, with Gail coaching us and with great advice from the big girls too, I was ready to try again.
My buddy and rookie referee, Stewart was first up, he flew round managed a whopping 24 & 1/4 in 5! Pretty amazing for a first attempt. Stewart is an amazing skater though, really fluid and graceful as opposed to my clumsy and oaf like style! I was up next, nervous as hell, for some reason! Some of the big girls were on the track which I found really helped me keep my pace up. I managed the 25 laps and even done a bit of a roar to celebrate! Yay! After that we stayed with our partners for the whole session.
Our first real attempt at contact was so much fun. No hitting as yet but assists were the order of the day. First up inside whips, then outside, hip whips and pushes. We had so much fun. I love to skate fast and Stewart is a speed demon too! We flew round pushing and whipping off of each other. Stewart informed me the next day that he had a nice Abi shaped hand print bruise on his arm. Oooops, sorry!
Next up, still in our pairs was some wall work. We stuck together, cutting in and out across the track and glued together all the while. Next up was jammer practice, I really tried to be as energetic and jukey as I could, but man, I was running on empty by now! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever sweated so much in my life! Then it was back to partners and I’m pretty sure Stewart was over whelmed with tears of joy at this point. Not sure why he kept holding his nose though? Maybe he has allergies? Next weeks fresh meat has been cancelled as this very important lady has been siting on the same chair for 60 years or something? Her head is even on letters. So I’ll be back the week after with more meat based punnery! Laterz skaterz!
By Abi Sin Ya aged 33 & 48/52th’s
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