I did it! I decided to suck it up and just go for it!
I've been tossing the idea around about checking out the local roller derby practice squad but was timid about reaching out to them for fear that they would watch me skate one time and laugh me all the way out the door with a nice little golf clap as I shamefully got in my car and drove away in exile.
I've decided! I'm going to my very first ever roller derby practice this weekend. Sunday. 4pm.
I emailed the coach, I got on their online forum and introduced myself as the timid little novice I am. The response was overwhelming. Welcomed with open arms. Encouraged to show up and embarrass myself severely. Promised that I would not be exiled for my lack of experience or basic coordination. So, I'm going.
Oh I'm sure you would just love to see the horror as it unfolds but I'm not nearly nice enough to give you that kind of satisfaction. And I don't have a video camera to document the comedic roller skating adventures so there. Ha! :)
I will however make sure to take pictures of all the nasty bruises I bring home with me after my first practice.
Just FYI if you are so inclined: PFM Practice Squad
And...this just came out. It's a documentary about the Rat City Roller girls. You can get it on Amazon if you want it.