When Fear Becomes A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

When Fear Becomes a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Elaine Griffin

Remember how I really wanted to play roller derby? I gave up. It all seemed too hard. Too much work. Not enough sleep. Toomany responsibilities. Not enough support (which is actually probably all in my head). Fear. Intimidation. Self-doubt. Did I mention fear? What am I afraid of, exactly? I don’t even know. Not being {… Continue Reading …}

wReck Derby Week Three: Shut Up and Skate


I’m happy to say that I survived week three. Not only did I survive, but I have an increased confidence and excitement; two things that were quickly retreating from my life. You might remember that I injured my quad last week, and was hard core bummin’.  The good news is by Friday I was able {… Continue Reading …}

wReck Derby Week Two: Fresh Meat Injury


The last few days I’ve been in kind of a funk. I’m not very excited about anything and I’m just tired. Yesterday was week two of wReck derby, and I had zero energy. Zero. But I strapped on my skates in the afternoon and skated around my house. For practice and to try to get {… Continue Reading …}

In Pursuit of Crazy Eyeris: wReck Derby Week One

Ithaca League of Women Rollers

So, wReck Derby started last night. In case you are wondering, wReck is a recreational roller derby, led by our local league, Ithaca League of Women Rollers (ILWR). We skate and learn the fundamentals of roller derby, without all the blocking and contact. wReck Derby is aptly named because I was a nervous wreck most {… Continue Reading …}

In Pursuit of Crazy Eyris: Weekend Roller Skating

Skating at Joycrest

This weekend, for my birthday and in preparation for wReck Derby this week, we went roller skating. I wish the photos and watermarks were better, but I’ll work on that. I guess maybe I should have taken a picture of myself, huh?

The Return of Crazy Eyeris: What’s on Your Playlist?

Photo credit: Skate of Emergency by Gomisan on Flickr

I bet you thought I forgot about Crazy Eyeris, right? Or maybe YOU forgot about Crazy Eyeris I have not written about my journey to derby since March 8, 2012. Yes, I feel a little like a loser. It seems that life was getting in the way of… well… life! Turns out building a business, {… Continue Reading …}

In Pursuit of Crazy Eyeris: Down but Not Out

So, here’s what happened. I panicked. Remember how I went to the first open practice and was less-than thrilled with my “skilz?” Well, things went downhill from there. In the week between open practice one and two, shit got crazy for me. Nothing huge, but just a lot of little things that made it feel {… Continue Reading …}

In Pursuit of Crazy Eyeris: Gotta Have Faith


You know the scene in Jerry Maguire where Jerry thinks he has finally signed the number one NFL draft pick, and he has practically killed himself doing it? Now he’s driving down the road and totally jamming out to Tom Petty’s “Free Falling.” He’s totally overwhelmed and thankful, and more than a little on the {… Continue Reading …}

In Pursuit of Crazy Eyeris: Ready for a Derby Girl Beating

My first open skating session before Freshmeat workshops begin is exactly one week away. ILWR offers two open skate sessions prior to Freshmeat workshops. During these sessions I will learn basics such as form, falls, stops, and strength training. The next time I write about Crazy Eyeris, I will be heading off to skate that {… Continue Reading …}

In Pursuit of Crazy Eyeris: Kicking Ass, Even if it is My Own

Imagine that one day you decide something is missing. Maybe it’s something you used to do in another life. Maybe what is missing is YOU. Maybe you don’t even know what the hell is missing, but you know somethin’ just ain’t right. Maybe, then, for some unknown, strange and cosmic reason, you decide to claim {… Continue Reading …}