I think I understand something now that I have been struggling with.
(yet another derby post for those of you who are sick of them – you might want to just move on to the WVSR or something) 🙂
I fall down a lot when we move into the more complicated drills like pack work and hitting, etc.
I am told by the training folks that I need to “get lower” and “have a wider stance” and this will make me stable and not fall down so much.
It’s HARD to get lower. It takes a lot of thigh muscle to skate in the very low derby position they want me to adopt. Now – my muscles are a bazillion times stronger than they were when I first started this adventure, but I still find that skating very low takes a huge amount of effort and makes me hurt.
And here’s where the realization part comes in…
I am trying REALLY hard to skate lower all the time.
This makes my thighs tired and shaky.
Then… when I start to lose my balance, instead of being able to correct, my thighs go… “We give up!” and I fall down.
This seems to be something of a vicious cycle. I need to get lower in order to be more stable, but skating that low makes me tired and unstable and I fall down. At which point, the helpful training people tell me to GET LOWER!!!
I have never been big on strength training exercises… weights are heavy and I have never liked to lift them… so I am not really sure how to go about building up my muscles to the point where they can support the required position without giving out on me.
I know I can do squats and lunges… but then when I do those during the day, it makes my muscles even MORE tired and prone to failure when I skate. Am I overworking them? I know there’s some kind of “time off” dealy with muscle building that is supposed to be when the muscles grow and get stronger.
I guess I shall have to turn to the interwebs and find out more about strength training to figure out how to bust out of this cycle.