Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Time Crunch

It’s often been said that there’s just not enough time in the day to accomplish all that we need to get done.

That’s doubly true once you step down onto the great roller rink of life in roller derby.

I’d almost forgotten how overwhelming it can be at times until the past couple weeks when derby fever has officially started to pick up speed again after the “off-season.” And let’s be honest, there really is no “off-season” for derby. While a few leagues do legitimately take time off, skaters gotta skate and they’re gonna find places to practice one way or another.

Or they could just not stop practicing. Either way, it keeps rocking and rolling all year long.

So, even with the end of the Bombers season last year, derby really didn’t stop. Especially given the fact that it was right about that time that I decided to toss my hat into the ring and try out this crazy life for myself and it was also the time that my wife ended up serving on the board for the league.

In all honesty, I think we were both suffering from mild bouts of insanity.

And while my broken ribs took a bit of the burden off and the past few months were somewhat lighter in derby tone, things have definitely been picking up.

Practices for the kids, for my wife, and for me. Granted, I’ve not been able to make the last three due to car issues but, the fact remains, they’re there and I’ll be there once we’ve got our vehicle back.

The super awesome “Best of Both Worlds” co-ed bout. Yep, it was another family affair while we both helped with organizational things while the Free Agents and the Double Agents duked it out on the floor. It was a lot of fun but another investment in time.

The Bombers opening bout/scrimmage this past weekend. Again, more family time as my wife skated, I took notes for some writing details I’ve taken on, and the kids helped with selling raffle tickets.

And frankly, the schedule’s not getting any lighter as we press on into the year. I’ll be getting back to practices and the seasons for both the men and the women are officially kicking off strong, with the Bombers traveling to Miami this coming weekend and the Hit Men taking a long trip to South Carolina to officially kick things off. Plus, the kids’ season will be starting up in a few weeks. And, Lord willing, perhaps sometime this year I’ll actually have the opportunity to bout myself, but that’s something that I’m not gonna look for anytime soon.

And we haven't even talked about the "extraneous" things like trying to get in shape, managing other interests, and trying to keep up with my writing and this goofy little blog.

Yes, this derby life is a bit overwhelming at times.

That sense of overwhelming feels even more acute while the reality of derby widowhood continues to rear its head. Even with a family that’s fully involved in the sport, the simple fact of the matter is that we can’t all be at every event or happening, nor should we. And, with me being the last to join the derby party, well, I think we know who ends up guarding the homestead most of the time, don’t we?

To some degree, I’m okay with that. My wife has worked hard to establish herself on the team and has taken on a lot of responsibility in a short amount of time. And I continue to have nothing but simple pride in how far she’s come and where she’s going. So when it comes time for there to be XYZ event or this bout or that thing, I generally don’t mind pulling out my Daddy Daycare hat and putting it on.

Yet, sometimes, it does get overwhelming. It’d be nice to be able to head over to an after party with her sometimes or to make it to a simple hangout. When she heads out to some events, I’d like to be on her arm while certainly with others I’m more than happy to stay behind. All in all, it’s a juggling act and it just continues to take time and effort to make it all happen.

With all that said, however, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see what might come to our family through our derby life this year. If we can manage to limit the drama, both externally (as derby always brings with it its own sense of drama, necessary and otherwise) and internally, balancing our lives and keeping our heads above water, this promises to be a great year.

In the meantime, I’ll continue doing what I can to be a supportive derby dad for my wife and kids and hope that one day they’ll get to repay the favor and cheer me on while I race around the track.

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