So I am hoping to be fully skills tested by the end of the week and I am super proud of how far I have come but I also have a confession to make.......
I am still ridiculously unfit - and I am not exaggerating.
I started at the gym two weeks ago and I have had 2 assessments with a personal trainer (who also happens to be an awesome roller derby sister) and I am floored by how unwell I am even after doing regular exercise for 6 months.
To begin with we tested my resting heartrate, which was 101 beats per minute.
To be fair it wasn't greatly rested (having just sculled my morning coffee, rushed the two older children to school, and left my little one in childcare for the first time ever) and I was likely a little anxious about the whole thing but still.....
Gave me a bit of a fright actually and was very motivating to keep exercising!
So like I do most things I googled it when I got home - it turns out that if I was in the 65+ age bracket my heart rate should be under 84 bpm to be in the healthy zone. Holy Moley - am I glad I took up derby...maybe I could buy one of these tshirts.....
It's funny because when people find out that I've taken up derby a lot of them think it's a bit foolish, risky even....I could get badly hurt.
I think that finally finding a sport that motivates me enough to get fit and active far outweighs any injuries that I might get.
The last time I had to claim on ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) it was when I hurt my knee learning derby, the time before it was when I hurt my back lifting something out of the car - I know which I would rather have happen.In fact I used to hurt myself far more doing normal stuff before derby - my body was in such bad shape it was in no condition to cope with everyday life.
So here's to a healthier heart, fitter body, and finally passing my minimum skills test (fingers crossed.)