When I started running last fall, one of my early motivators was that running would, I hope, strengthen my endurance and help build me into the kind of athlete that could try out for roller derby.

When the Greenpoint Y hosted an open house in January, I managed to drop in on a Punk Rope (which I’d been meaning to do for a long time):

“Punk Rope is a playful mash-up of recess and boot camp for people of all ages and fitness levels. It will put a smile on your face and sweat on
your brow. The creative blend of calisthenics, fitness games, and rope
jumping leads to improved stamina, strength, agility, and coordination.”

I like Punk Rope a lot more than running. (Which I’m still doing, and in spite of the bitter cold, I signed up for my third 5k.) It was during Punk Rope I realized I can sprint (a goal; as long as I’m indoor on a flat surface), and I think it was Punk Rope that gave me a semblance of calves.

Punk Rope is a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun. Mentally, it seems like an “easy” way to bring me closer to becoming a roller derby diva.