Q:What prompted you to get into derby?
I started going to the bouts to watch Death Proof and cheer on the Steamers! Although I really didn’t understand the game except for the jammer having to get through the pack, I loved the atmosphere in the stadium; skaters, fans, music, costumes, skulls, tats – totally cool! I went to an open skate a week before fresh meat started to see if I remembered how to skate and bought my gear the following day! Been diggin’ it ever since!
Q:What about being on a team is different from what you previously thought?
I’ve played with other teams in other sports before and usually most of the time teams will “click” and everyone will get along, but for some reason in derby, teams just seem to bond more! I cannot imagine being on another team.
Q: What was it like, getting to skate in your first bout against Bleeding Heartland?
I’m sure I didn’t think this before the Bleeding Heartland bout because I was so nervous at the time, but playing there first helped take away some of my jitters for the first home bout in Cleveland at the Wolstein (just some)! My HazMat teammates and all the vets calmed my nerves from breakfast time until the bout started! I had never felt that much adrenalin with any other sport I have played. It was a total rush!
Q:What has been your most humbling moment in derby so far?
When I first started skating with the fresh meat I really had no skating or derby skills so it was pretty cool when I passed the skills test. And then little by little the vets started to trickle in and real derby began! I consider myself a pretty competitive person so it was very humbling to skate with the vets. It was like skating with my super heroes!
Q:Tell us about your off-skates workout regimen.
I workout pretty consistently off skates, I always have. I get cranky when I can’t. I love running outside. I can’t do treadmills they are way too boring for me! Ashtanga and Bikram yoga at least two times a week. Spin classes totally suck but are totally necessary! And since I started derby, I’ve been making an effort to do more plyometric training and weights, the really fun stuff!
Q:What has been your biggest challenge in derby so far?
My biggest challenge I’ve had with derby so far is being able to play faster, smarter derby. Not faster as in my skating, but the actual game. Recognizing whether I should be switching from offense to defense, my position on the track, being aware of both jammers, communicating with my team. It’s a fast, strategic game with a ton of rules!
Q:Any words of advice for someone considering trying out for BRRG?
The only advice I have to the future BRRG fresh meaties is to STAY INTO IT! Don’t give up no matter how many times you wanna throw up from line drills or hit your bottom on the floor! It’s alllll worth it!
Q:Tell our fans one fun fact about you:
I’m a total biker chic when I can be!
Q:Do you have a pre-bout routine or any bout day superstitions?
I do anything but rest or relax before the bouts, I’m way too anxious to sit around. I do a mini workout in the morning and usually end up spastically cleaning my apartment.
Q:Give a shout out to the Hot Mess fans out there!
Thank you to all the BRRG fans. We love and appreciate all your cheers! Keep it HOT, keep it M3SSY!