Archive for February, 2016

Breaks and Bruises – Life On Team Injured

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

Roller derby is a tough sport.  It conjures images of players crashing into each other, rolling over each other, and slamming into the floor. This doesn’t compare to the battery that learning to play and grueling practices can bring.  The danger can push people away from playing, but it can also draw people in.  I […]

Beating Derby Depression

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, February 15th, 2016 in Featured Skater, Health & Fitness, Skater Articles, The Family. 3 Comments

The first time I ever got discouraged – like deeply, existentially, discouraged – playing roller derby was about three months after I strapped on skates for the first time. I emailed my coach to tell her I didn’t think I was improving any more and she emailed back to tell me about when she got […]

Craze Gives Back

By Rhonda Swanson on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 in Featured Skater, Health & Fitness, Skater Articles, The Family, Training Tips. No Comments

Everyone knows the expression “pay it forward”. It describes a situation wherein someone receives a good deed and reciprocates this good deed to another person. As a barista, I sometimes saw a long chain of people in the drive-thru paying for the cars behind them. Kindness is very contagious and I learned just how contagious it can be […]