I have a problem.

A serious problem.

I bought more wheels. Things that happened today mean I now own the entire Suregrip Fugitive Mid range.

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However it is also sad as I recently found out when trying to purchase my final mixer set, that Suregrip are no longer going to produce the Suregrip Fugitive mids (fugi mids), they are however using the “Rollouts” as a replacement. Pretty similar however ever so slightly different in size. And it is sad they are changing the wheels, I’m sure it’s with good reason and maybe they have improved them, however I have the Fugi mids and I like them. I admit I would love a set of Radar Diamonds…. but sadly the fugi mids are much more in my price range – especially as there were few mid/slim wheels available at the point I bought.

My obsession with Suregrip Fugitive mids started when I spoke with a friend. TurboPete of Southern Discomfort and had a wealth of knowledge. So I bugged him for help and advice and thankfully he helped me out instead of telling me to do one. Turbo happened to be playing the Big O tournament in the land of derbygoodness and so we arranged for him to bring me back some wheels, under his advice and guidance we agreed that the Fugi mids would be ideal for my skating style and ability. I got them, I loved them. However I had chosen the 90a duro which did not feel quite so helpful where I could do with less grip…

So late last year I ordered a full set of 96a and a half set of 93a. I realised my mistake more recently in ordering the 93a, generally the idea with pushers is to have atleast a 4 duro difference for the mix to be effective.

Now, I don’t want to rock the boat with the whole pusher/anti pusher debates. I do feel that pushers/mixed durometer can be felt working. I do however feel a skater should be more than competent skating on a full set of wheels. This is my reasoning for having the full sets I do, and the half sets I do.

  • Grippy floor = full set of 96a
  • Slippy floor = full set of 90a
  • Also a half set (4) of 93a

I have felt a little bit of sliding on my 90a as of recent since coming back from the Christmas break and I do feel as though our floor has been cleaned within an inch of it’s life to have lost a little grip. So today I chose to order a half set of 87a bearing in mind the state of some of the floors in the UK I figured it is best to err on the side of caution and have a sticky wheel available to mix with a harder wheel to avoid losing speed as a jammer – I have experienced a problem in which sometimes I push too hard coming up to corners thanks to my figure skating background so having just a small bit of stickygrippy really can help when leaning into a corner.

So now I am able to mix:

  • 96a/90a mix
  • 93a/87a mix

So welcome to the family my half set of 87a purple Suregrip Fugitive Mids! I hope these will arrive before Thursday as I would like time to be able to bed them in as Saturday… wait for it…..

IS BOUTDAY!

Yes…. Saturday 15th will see me playing my first bout with Mansfield Misfits. We will be playing against Barnsley Blackhearts and will also be joined by the Inhuman League and Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder for a mens roller derby bout! I am sure I will write a bit more about this at some point this week!

Oh and my Suregrip Isis boots? Doing well! I went to Rollerworld Derby with my derby wife and our lovely Jevo for a free skate and lovey derby night out. I was taken out by a small child who decided to just stop infront of me with no warning or looking behind him whatsoever. Ninjasmallpeople. Cut up my knee which sucks as it is my prefered fall knee. But on the plus side, no blisters! Working with Compeed plasters, two pairs of socks and the power of unicorns!!

Hello 2014… hello 24.

First things first. WordPress app. You were so fantastic, but then you changed… this post has been sat on my WordPress app being “published” since the 7th January. It was meant to go up on my birthday. So.. whilst you read this, lets just pretend it is Tuesday 7th January….

So yeah – the radio silence over the Christmas period. What was that?

Things over the Christmas period went a little bit manic. So I didn’t do as well as I wanted to with this blog and didn’t write anything – I kept meaning to I swear! So what happened?

  • Had our last derby practice of 2013 in which we danced, played games and fought over chocolate.
  • Had our roller derby christmas do and awards – joint winner of Best Jammer 2013. Woohoo!
  • Realised I needed new pads so ordered new pads (they arrived today by the way.. YES! Expect photos…)
  • Had Christmas… this was pretty cool.
  • Had a quiet New Years just me and Oakleydog.

So far this year:

  • Worked more on the house renovations – finally put some colour paint on 4 walls – GO US!
  • Went to Rollerworld in Derby with some of my bestests! We injured no-one.. good derbygirls!
  • At the weekend I had my fringe cut into bangs. Why? I have had the same fringe since I was 14 years old. 7th Jan I turned 24. New fringe for a new decade! And it looks pretty badass

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Exciting things for 2014:

  • Ideally… finish the house and move in at some point this year!!!
  • Mansfield Misfits first ever proper bout against another team… February 15th – we will be up against Barnsley Blackhearts. This is exciting!!

I hope this year is full of positive memories, exciting times, learning curves and special “big leap” moments! Bring on the bad times, I’m ready for them because 2013 really confirmed that I have surrounded myself with amazing people who I hold very dear to my heart.