From the helmet of: Nicki Ticki Timebomb. Nicki Prifogle started skating in 2010, and skated banked track roller derby with TXRD as a Rhinestone Cowgirl until 2014. She made a switch to flat track and became a TXRG Hustler in 2015.
Over the past several months I've been working hard to become a better flat track skater. It's been rewarding and challenging and I love every minute of it.
For those of you that are learning, or struggling, or even just need a little advice... I feel like I've narrowed it down to four things to help me grow the fastest, and wanted to share. This is just my opinion, so please feel free to add to the list too!
1. Ask questions. No question is a dumb one. In fact, if you aren't getting the advice you are seeking at your practices, then ask someone. No one is a mind reader. There are so many veteran skaters and trainers that are willing to help.
2. Take constructive criticism, and be thankful that someone took the time to notice and tell you, ultimately to help you get better. Do not get defensive, this is one way to learn. Don't just hear them... listen to them. Take it in and really try to apply it. Don't just be set in your ways, try to grow from this. Your team mates and league mates are there for you. If they didn't want you to succeed they wouldn't have picked you to be there!
3. This one is new for me. Watch derby. Watch a lot of it. Take notes on what skills you would like to do at your next practices. Ask people in your league that you look up to, to give you a few skaters to really study that have similar body types and/or skating techniques. Watch derby. Watch. Watch. Rewind and watch it again. Watch their feet over and over, rewind and only watch their upper body... And so forth. But remember you can never watch too much.
4. Lastly.... FAIL. Do not be afraid to fail. When we put ourselves outside of our comfort zone to learn new things we will fail before perfection. This is how you learn. Throw yourself out there. Try new things, even if you are nervous. Be courageous, and fail into perfection!
Please feel free to share your thoughts on what's worked for you during times of extreme growth!
Tesla and Gravy
Just two rollergirls trying to share the rollerlove from Austin, TX to the world.