Game Day Mental Toughness Part 2: On Game Day

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Welcome to Part 2 of the Game Day Mental Toughness series. This follows on from Part 1 (obvs) where you learnt how ridiculously nervous I used to get before games. So much so I didn’t enjoy them at all. And I really, really wanted to enjoy them! Games are the reason we train so hard, they are the culmination of all …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 1: Pre-Game

miami roller derby

So you’ve got a roller derby game coming up and you’re starting to feel a bit nervous. Maybe a bit more than nervous. Maybe you’ve been vomiting twice a day for the last week. I get it. True story: Early on in my derby career, I would used to get so nervous before games that I would get stomach pains, cry, argue …

The Secret Life of a Crossover

No, not those kinds of crossovers!  If you skate with a league lucky enough to have more than one team, you also probably have crossover skaters: Skaters who play for both the A and B team or the home team and the travel team. Being a crossover has its own unique challenges and benefits that you just don’t encounter when …

10 Ways To Deal With Plateaus

We all know the feeling. Even though you’ve been training your butt off you suddenly hit a wall. It feels like your progress has come to a grinding halt. All the while everyone else seems to be improving at a rapid speed and overtaking you. You feel left behind. Frustrated. Maybe even like you’ve actually gotten worse. You might even imagine …

Reading List: Great Books for Mindset

If you’ve been in the roller derby game for a minute, you’ve probably realised (or been told repeatedly) that at least half of what determines success is mental. Mental toughness, mindset, attitude… all of these things basically mean the same – how you think, what you think about and how you deal with things – and they have an absolutely …

Forget Resolutions. Habits Instead!

Around the world it’s slowly ticking over into 2017 and a lot of people will be glad to see the back of 2016. Personally, 2016 has been a bit of a roller coaster. I’ve had some amazing times and some really crap times. I mourned the deaths of musicians I loved. I decided my time had come to leave my …