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February 3, 2012 / mmpomegranate

Lapping it up.

I have just a little bit of derby news to share. Sunday was the day of our second ever scrimmage. We were a bus of nerves as we set off to Manchester to weigh up this unknown quantity, the Wirral Whipiteres. There was much discussion about whether it was a good idea to watch a video of them from a few months before, know your enemy and all that, but I don’t think it made much difference.

I think it was a fairly good result for a second attempt against a team we knew very little about. The main problem was far too much time spent in the sin bin, and not enough actually competing on the track. I definitely enjoyed it more than our last one despite poor lighting and copious amounts of blue paint dust ensuring a clear photograph was an impossibility. Notwithstanding, or perhaps due to defeat, it was more energetic, more determined, and more evenly matched.

I finally feel like I have really progressed after a bit of a lull since December. Intensive minimum skills training is paying off and I’m fairly confident I’ll pass in a few weeks time. Most importantly though, I did it. Twenty five laps in five minutes. It felt like it too, I was exhausted for the rest of the session and my legs were completely gelatinous (thank goodness there are no pictures of that). Although, it’s clear that reaching my target of running 5km most days is helping the stamina and fitness along. And I should hope so too.

Me for the rest of the evening:

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