It fascinates me that my first year of playing roller derby has come to an end. It didn't hit me until I got my league's monthly newsletter that talked about the new Fresh Brews (our name for the Rookies who haven't been drafted onto a home team) beginning their training...and when it did hit, it felt like a freight train! I spent the next hour or so reminiscing on the past year - all of the hard work, friendships, and torn ligaments - and how this amazing chapter in my life was because I had two tiny little problems...

*insert memory fade here*

June 1, 2011
I had moved from Illinois to Wisconsin a little over a year ago, and I was facing two issues. One, with my friends being in an hour drive away, I was getting bored. Two, I wanted to make more female friends. To clarify, I've always been the tomboy, the "one of the guys" girl. I had already made a few male friends...but I wanted to branch out for once.

I went to the local grocery store that day and saw a girl wearing a Brewcity Bruisers shirt. Reading the "Milwaukee's Rollergirls" subtext I got home and did some research online. Sure enough, the first tryout meeting for ladies interested in joining was only a few weeks away! I was a figure skater for eight years, and an inline freestyle skater during the summers, so I figured why not? Besides, I wouldn't be bored anymore, and considering I'd be surrounded by other women I was bound to make new friends! I bought some gear and waited for the tryouts!

June 19, 2011
Tryout day had come. After a few weeks of getting back in shape (yay sedimentary gaming!) and learning how to skate on roller skates (little did I know that neither ice nor inline skating directly translated to roller skating >_<), I was ready to give it my best. There were around 50 other ladies trying out for few spots, so saying I was nervous would be an understatement. I gave it my all, and all that was left to do was wait. I hate waiting........

To be continued!