Last week I had a brief period where I went derby crazy via media. First, I rewatched “The Doll in The Derby,” a 2013 episode of Bones. (I’m sure we can agree the DC Rollergirls would never murder one of their own.) The next day a conversation with my friend led to watching Whip It! together.

I gathered my gumption to re-investigate the requirements of trying out. I missed a ten-week training course, though I suppose I’ve established that I would prefer additional outside training before embarking on this journey in earnest. I joined the listserv, so I can adequately prepare for the future.

Here are the requirements:

  • Insurance
  • Kneepads (“Good knee pads start at about $40.”)
  • Elbow pads
  • Mouthguard
  • Wristguards
  • Helmet
  • 4 wheel roller skates
  • Athletic sneakers

I have a helmet, roller skates, and athletic sneakers. I also lack the $250 for the ten-week training session. (I think my luck will change soon, however.) I think it will also be important to bring my gumption, bravery, and positive attitude (which I try to bring every week to Punk Rope, and tend to forget when I’m “training” for a 5k).

Speaking of Punk Rope, my one true workout love: The organization has Punk Rope Games, which I am in no way qualified to participate in. It also specializes in double unders . Basic Googling informs me that double unders are used in cross fit and tabata (two terrifying workouts I think I’ll decline); double unders are exciting but hard. For now, being able to do a double under, and feeling like I could do the Punk Fit Games if I wanted to, are part of my personal fitness requirements for moving forward.