Currently I’m unable to climb or play roller derby due to a series of unfortunate events, some of which are my own fault. I know rest and recovery are important, but being injured really, really sucks!


The initial problem for me was sore feet from bad fitting skates and then cramming my sore feet into climbing shoes every week. This killed my toes and eventually made it nearly impossible to put any pressure through the climbing shoes to stand on holds, it just felt like I was standing in a very small fire. Since I couldn’t really climb, I carried on skating and tried toe-padding, plasters, and different lacing techniques to help ease the pain. Sadly, it still resulted in me loosing toenails.

I finally ordered new skates but since they would take about 3 weeks to arrive and my feet were still too sore for climbing, I carried on playing roller derby…


During this whole sore feet/loosing toe nails episode my partner (A Boy Who Climbs) hurt his lat/arm when bouldering. We thought it would be okay after a couple of weeks or rest but it was mending very slowly. The same week I took a hit to the face during roller derby practice. The hit made me dizzy and gave me headaches for a couple of days afterwards, so I had to take some time off skating too. When I did get back on skates last week I got hit on the head again at the very end of the game. I’m fine and haven’t suffered from any headaches or other head injury symptoms, but since it’s two head injuries in a short succession it means 3 weeks of no contact or gameplay as a safety precaution for concussion.


So that’s what has been happening over these last few months. Hopefully everything will be back to normal in a couple of weeks. Marcus’ injury is much better and we’re both really excited to climb again, plus my new skates have arrived and they feel very comfortable!


In the grand scheme of things, it’s much better to be safe and rest any aches and pains properly. It’s really sad not being able to enjoy the sports you love, but why risk not being able to enjoy them ever again for the sake of a few weeks recovery.