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 Post subject: Missyle's Derby Improvement Log 2012
PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:42 pm 
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I'm going to take part in the 12 Days of VBBF things, so here's my log. I'm going to start using it now, as I have started an improvement plan already that coincided with my derby break. But this is program is pretty good timing. Here's some background info on me.

My main activity is roller derby. Right now, just about everything else I do is aimed at helping me improve at roller derby. I've been doing derby for a while--March 2012 will be my 5-year anniversary of skating. When I started I could barely skate! My league has improved rapidly. When I started it was quite new and lots of other people could barely skate. We are now full members of WFTDA. Last year we went to WFTDA East Regional Playoffs for the first time and did quite well.

The league has four intra-league/home teams that play each other regularly. I'm captain of my home team. And we have two travel teams that play other leagues. One is our A team, and that's the one that plays in sanctioned bouts and went to Playoffs. It's made up of the top 20 skaters in the league, though a game can have only 14 skaters on its roster, so within the 20 there's competition to be in the top 14 in order get on game rosters. Then there is our B team, which is our "reserves" team. That team plays other leagues in Europe, as our league is quite a bit stronger than other leagues in Europe at the moment. So games are closer when other leagues' A teams play our B team.

I've provided all this boring background to explain my goals. I am currently on the A team. I generally get put on game rosters, so I'm ranked somewhere in the 13-16 range. But in tough games (and they are almost all tough these days) even people who are on the roster but aren't among the strongest players don't get played much. I guess this is pretty standard in sports. Basically, I tend to get on rosters but am not a starter, so can spend most or all of the game on the bench.

I want this to change. First, I need to ensure that I remain in the top 14 so I get on game rosters. It's really competitive, so this is far from guaranteed. I have to work hard just to hold onto that spot. But what I really want is to improve enough that I get on game rosters and actually get played. We have important games in April, maybe in June, and then Regionals will be in Sept. I want to play in these.

There's no mystery about what I need to do. I need to be fitter, stronger, more agile, and smarter on the track. This means I need to go to practice as much as possible. I also need to do exercise outside of practices. We have 3-4 practices per week. My attendance is generally around 60-65%, which means on average I get to 8 practices a month. I'm going to aim to get my attendance to 80% per month.

The other exercise I do is to ride my bike to work and sometimes to practice. It's a short ride to work, so it's not too taxing to cycle and I will usually be doing other exercise as well on the same day. I aim to do this 4 times a week (I work at home one day a week). I aim to lift weights twice a week. And I want to start doing plyo once a week.

So that makes my ideal exercise schedule look like this:
Monday: cycle (8mi), lift weights
Tuesday: cycle (13mi), derby practice (2 hrs)
Wednesday: cycle (8mi), plyo
Thursday: derby practice (1.5 hrs)
Friday: cycle (8-13mi), lift weights (around once per month, derby practice instead of weights, 2 hrs)
Saturday: rest or lift weights if I didn't lift on Friday due to practice or going out
Sunday: derby practice (3 hrs), sometimes cycle to practice (20mi)

Right now I do bits of this. I do cycle and lift weights, but not as often as in that schedule.

As far as eating, I just want to eat more home-cooked whole foods, fruit and veg, and less junk.

I forgot to mention that I am 39, so my body is not quite as resilient as it used to be. But I'd say I'm in pretty good shape. I wouldn't mind losing some fat--I hover on the border of normal/overweight. I have quite a bit of muscle--I'm lucky enough to seem to build and hold onto it quite easily--but I also have a good amount of fat over that muscle. But losing weight is not my main goal, and I want to keep muscle so don't want to lose weight rapidly. Oh yeah, and I'm a woman.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:58 pm 
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Here's some of the info from the 12 Days of VBBF thing. Not sure what to do about mentors as my goal/plan is pretty specific. I mostly am after motivation to stick to it.

New Year’s Resolution Goal: To stick to my exercise plan for derby improvement (see post above) and clean up my eating.

Start Date: I've kind of started, but can't do the full exercise plan until 8 Jan as we are on derby break right now and practices don't resume until then. For now I am doing cycling, weights, and some Insanity workouts. (I also will be away at my mom's for 6 days at the holidays, which will mean I can't do those either.)

Desired Achievement Date: Mid-April, by the time of game roster selection for important games.

Past workout History: Been doing derby for over 4.5 years. I lifted weights quite regularly 2005-2007 and have lifted irregularly since then. I ride my bike to work.

Biggest Obstacles: I have trouble being consistent. A large part of that is time, which I never seem to have. I could have more if I were better organized, so part of sticking to my plan will be getting things together in other areas of my life, like being more efficient at work so I can go home earlier, and planning meals better.

Favorite Foods: Too hard to narrow it down.

Favorite Exercises: I love skating, obviously! And I enjoy lifting weights. I like the basics--squats, deadlift, bench, power cleans.

Current training frequency: Can vary. Generally at least a few days a week, up to six days in a good week.

Any injuries or info your mentor should have: Nother serious but I have slightly bad knees. It's not too much trouble. They are just achey sometimes, and when they are really bad, they hurt a lot when I fall on them (which sounds obvious but it happens in derby!). Right now they aren't too bad.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:44 pm 
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Monday 19 December

Exercise
Morning: cycled to work (4mi)
Evening: cycled home (4mi)
Lifted weights:
Cleans (working on full cleans rather than power cleans after not doing them for a while so starting with low weights): 59lbs x5, 64lbs x5, 69lbs x5
Overhead press: 64lbs, 3 sets of 5
Deadlift: 153lbs x5
Plank
Speed skater stance (hold a low stance for 90sec)

Food
Breakfast (after cycling to work): Smoothie (spinach, apple, pear, banana, protein powder)
Lunch: Selection of salads from Planet Organic food bar
Snack: Cup of tea, Clif Bar
Dinner: large salad of lettuce, cucumber, red onion then takeaway (ma po tofu)

Dinner wasn't ideal. But I made my lunch for tomorrow so I don't need to go out and I'll cook dinner tomorrow night.

At the moment I don't track my food so don't know calories or macros. I might start tracking at some point.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:19 am 
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I forgot to mention that I lift weights at home, so am a bit limited in what I can do. I have a bar and some plates and a bench. The only squats I can do are front squats as I don't have a rack.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
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Tuesday 20 December

Exercise
(ended up working at home, so no cycling)
Evening: Insanity Plyo Interval Workout

Food
Breakfast: Smoothie (spinach, apple, pear, banana, protein powder)
Snack: Vietnamese coffee (made at home), small bowl of Mini Wheetabix Choc Chip
Lunch: Bulgar wheat with broccoli, courgette, and carrot (homemade)
Snack: Hot chocolate
Post exercise: Shake with watered-down Alpro choc soya and protein powder
Dinner: Salad (just lots of lettuce and cuke)

Wasn't up for much dinner after Insanity and shake tonight. I cooked quinoa, beetroot, and black beans and had a couple bites, but that's mostly for tomorrow. Tomorrow I am going to the ballet after work, so I won't get any exercise in.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:36 pm 
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Didn't do any exercise yesterday due to the ballet.

Thursday 22 Dec

Exercise
Lifted weights:
Front squats (with power clean to get weights into position): 99lbs, 3 sets of 5
Bench press: 84lbs, 3 sets of 5
Barbell rows: 94lbs, 3 sets: 4, 5, 4
Stiff legged deadlift: 94lbs, 1 set of 12
Plank
Speed skater stance

Food
Too lazy to list it all out. It wasn't too bad, though. Ate only homemade dishes.

Tomorrow I'm off up north to spend the holidays with my family for 6 days so won't get to lift weights and probably won't do much other exercise.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:45 pm 
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I'm going to try to attach some photos of me right now.

I'm 5'5" and about 155lbs. So I'm pretty big. I don't want to lose any muscle, but wouldn't mind losing some fat. That's not my main goal though.


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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:20 pm 
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You look strong! Are you looking to improve performance in a specific sport?

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:41 pm 
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I did derby for two years with the Savannah Derby Devils... I think its awesome that you are taking these steps with in derby.... I wish I had a better diet when I was still bouting. Good LUck!!


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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:09 am 
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Fallen_Horse wrote:
You look strong! Are you looking to improve performance in a specific sport?

Thanks! Yes, I'm trying to get better at roller derby. There's a long ramble about it in my first post.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
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Nice to see you here again!

You're always one of my favorites! And you're one of the longest-running forum members we have.

Thanks for checking back in!

Things have changed a lot! Lots of new names and faces, a few of the originals like Vegan Essentials and Richard and I still hang out regularly too :)

All the best!

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:31 am 
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Hey Robert! I've always been around here. I post only now and then, but I've never stopped reading the board regularly.

I'm back from holiday, so it's back to exercise starting today.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
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I think you look great! Good luck with your goals. :)

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
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FormicaLinoleum wrote:
Fallen_Horse wrote:
You look strong! Are you looking to improve performance in a specific sport?

Thanks! Yes, I'm trying to get better at roller derby. There's a long ramble about it in my first post.

Derp, I totally missed it! :D

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Missyle Derby Improvement Log
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Friday 30 December

Exercise
Lifted weights:
Cleans: 64lbs x5, 69lbs x5, 74lbs x5
Overhead press: 69lbs, 3 sets: 3/3/2
Deadlift: 158lbs x5
Plank
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