Washing-Machine Scrimmage

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Yesterday for the first time in 3 months or so I was able to scrimmage again, and YAAYYY! For those who don’t know, I injured myself during a game a while back, and after finally being sent to a specialist (months later), they realised I had slightly torn an inner knee-ligament. This meant reast, skating but no falling, so no full-contact or any exercise that could create a falling situation. Yeah, that reduced my practice-time to almost nothing..

But, my physiotherapist gave me permission to build up the intensity of training again, including scrimmaging. He still told me to stay away from jamming from now, to prevent me from falling and get hit too much, but I don’t mind. First let’s get my blocking skills back up to speed. And oh my gosh… I need to get up to speed badly. The whole scrimmage felt as the well-known ‘washing-machine’.  What did just happen? Why didn’t I see the jammer (she was right next to me, I swear)? Strength or cardio are not the challenge; it’s the reflexes that need to be activated again. I was bummed out a little, but I’m confident that it’s going to get better every single practice. If I was able do it before my injury, I can do it again. Thankfully my teammates were happy to have me back, and I even more to be back in the game.

One thing that I’ve learned from this injury, which is my third injury already, is that I need to listen to my physiotherapist, and do the exercises he gives me. Usually I wasn’t so keen on rehabilitation-exercices, but their value is now to me. The stability in both my knees increased tremendously, so I decided to make these exercises part of my regular off-skates trainings. This will hopefully avoid me scrawling back to my physician again next year, because of one of my knees acting up again.

Anyway, can’t wait until next practice :)

To Cook: Chicken Curry

Good afternoon everyone!

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes of the moment: Chicken Curry!
It takes about 45 minutes to make.Ingredients:

  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons of coconutoil
  • 1 onion, cut in half-rings
  • 3 garlic bulbs, in slices or dices
  • 2 cm of fresh gingerroot, grated
  • 300 grams of chicken or turkey, in dices
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of siamees ginger (NL: laos)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric (NL: Kurkuma/geelwortel)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of allspice (NL: piment)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crunched cloves (NL: kruidnagel)
  • 180 ml of coconut cream/milk

The Recipe:

  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and grind them with the aid of a food processor until the size of rice grains.
  2. Heat the tablespoon of coconut oil in a wok or frying pan and bake onion, garlic and ginger until they are soft.
  3. Add the chicken/turkey dices and fry until brown.
  4. Mix all the spices and coconut cream into the dish and let it thicken for 5-10 minutes on a low fire.
  5. Heat in the meantime 1 tbsp of coconut oil in another pan and fry the cauliflower rice 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve the curry with the cauliflower rice. You can garnish it with fresh coriander or parsley.

Bon appétit!

Source: EetPaleo

 

Back On Track

Since, a few weeks I’ve put back on my skates, and am really psyched to skate again. The first trainings were really wearing, and it scared me how much fitness I had lost in the past few months. After 2 or 3 weeks back on wheels, a bout was to be played. Ew may gawd. I had nightmares about our coach the night before. He was yelling at me because of failing during the game. Fortunately he didn’t live up to that expectation. Even though we lost, I’m really proud of our (B-)team. There were some magnificent moves and we fought back fiercely. But I could feel the lack of practice: short of breath, slower reaction time/speed and standing way too straight on my skates. Good thing I blocked/pivoted more than I jammed for once.

These kinds of situations make you realize how important training is, and that you shouldn’t miss any at all. It’s usually my priority numero uno, and I blame myself for missing so many… The progress other skaters have made in my absence are astonishing. I have big time catching-up to do, if I still want to meet my goals and those of our team(s). So next to regular practice, I started going to Fresh meat-practice as well. Instead of focusing on strategy, it makes you go back to basics, but also gives you the opportunity to train your footwork and skills, such as braking, hockey-stops, 360s, etc…

And I started swimming. That’s right. I don’t really do it for cardio, but just to relax and empty my mind. And it makes my whole body work, and not just my legs and core like I’m used to in derby. It would be great if it also stimulates my cardio and my weight-losing process, but it’s not the main goal.

Hopefully I will be up to speed to soon!

#Powerfood

Whoever follows my Instagram (@CriminalCupcake) probably noticed I’ve been baking and cooking a lot lately. During the holidays I went to see my parents, and I was really inspired by my mother’s delicious and healthy cooking. Usually I hate cooking, mostly because of the dishes that need to be done afterwards, but this all looked so simple and easy.

So I got myself the same book: “Powerfood” by Rens Kroes. Yes, our Dutch pride Doutzen Kroes’s little sister. This book is filled with healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, diner, snacks, sweets, spreads and drinks. So pretty much anything you can think of. Healthy variations on French fries, lasagna, mayonnaise, Nutella and birthday-cakes fill this pretty-designed cookbook.

Breakfast Muffins

Luckily for me, one of Christmas presents was an oven, so I could pretty much start right away. I started with the delicious breakfast-muffins and ended up eating those way too quickly. The following experiment was the breakfast-cake. This recipe is slightly different from the muffins, but just as tasteful. I’m really looking forward to try all the recipes.

Breakfast Cake

The latest news is that Rens is busy writing a second book, which should be available in June 2015. I can’t wait for further healthy cooking-inspiration. But in the meanwhile I have my mum and Google who can spam me with advice and recipes.

Next stop? Bread-baking and making raw Oreo’s!

Rockcity goes Spanish!

It has been a while and a rough couple of months. Got very ill, moved, switched jobs, realized it was quite a tough job, got a knee-injury etc. Now the end of the year is coming closer and I’ve been neglecting this blog…
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But just had the greatest weekend in Barcelona with the Rockcity Rollers! It was our A-teams first gotta-fly-there-game versus Barcelona Roller Derby – Ingles de Acero.

We were 4 RCR-fans versus more than 100 Barcelona-people, so we had quite some noise to prevail. It was amazing and impressive how much people came to see a “regular” roller-derby game. Luckily our team heard us and our cheers, which is the most important (my voice is still a bit raw).
The first half was very exciting; BRD was keeping up well, leading to a score of 101 – 64. Fortunately for us/RCR, our skaters dominated the second half. It was really great to watch, seen as there were some interesting technical and penalty mix-ups, but after a few whistles and arguing from refs with nso’s it was clarified. Apparently there was also an expulsion for a BRD-skater, which I missed (but apparently she kinda tackled one of Rockity’s jammers), and foul outs on both sides. The game ultimately ended in a victory for the Rockcity Rollers with 230 -132.
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Not sure how the after-party went, seen as I chose sleep over a hangover for a change. Next day we explored the city and went to the beach. . It was great seen as it wasn’t really hot and/or busy. The food was also a highlight. We mostly cruised from café to restaurant until it was time to grab our stuff and take the bus to the airport.

Thanks again Barcelona for your hospitality and hopefully see you soon!

Workout Log Week 16

HalestormSecond post of this kind and I’m already late.. Guess I’m having some kind of writer’s block. So weird. Some weeks I could write every day, some other weeks I don’t even feel like turning on my computer.
Anyway.. I couldn’t remember what I did last week (probably nothing, or something not worth mentionning) so I’ll just start off with the past week.

Monday & Wednesday (14th & 16th of April)
Roller-derby practices! We started off with a few new drills, and like Suzy Hotrod says “Edges, edges, edges!”. It seems so easy, but in the meanwhile it is anything but.. Finally finally managed to skate 27 laps within 5 minutes. This was my neverending battle but I did it!

Tuesday (15th of April)
Shame on me, I didn’t do anything. I was so tired and didn’t get enough for a few nights. And then I decided I wanted to finish my book, and still didn’t get enough sleep.

Thursday (17th of April)
So this friend of mine is going to the gym. something I haven’t done for about a year or so. Too expensive, not motivated, etc.. I had tons of excuses. But his gym has a special rewarding system. The more you work out, the less you pay. Which I thought was I really good deal. So after work I went there for a free practice.
– 20 min Warming-up on my favorite machine: the Crossover. Unlike a regular crosstrainer, you make a movement just like you’re skating.
– Planking, crunches, push-ups, etc..
– Running for 20 min, 8km/hour.
– And stretching!

Friday (18th of April)
Once again: gym! Pretty much same routine as the day before, except that I ran a little but faster: 8.5km/hour.

Saturday & Sunday (19th & 20th of April)
No gym today because this was bout-day! Unfortunately not for me, but for one of my favorite leagues, the One Love Roller Dolls from Antwerp, Belgium. With a few teammates we went to see their double-header against Paris. The OLRD played against Paris B-team, and Go Go Gent (also a Belgian league) against Paris A-team. Really great to watch these teams battle each-other.

Sunday the gym was closed, so I took this day to do a lot of cleaning and other little things on my To Do-list. That evening we went to see Halestorm in the Melkweg, Amsterdam! So awesome to end the week with some good rock ‘n roll.