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Enpsychopedia: Where are you originally from?
Ann T. Histamine: Newton, KS
Cruella LaVelle: Daytona Beach, FL (also Bronx, NY)
ep: How did you first get involved in roller derby?
Ann T: I must have seen it on TV, or picked up an advertisement for it somewhere, but I'm really not sure. All I know is that one day I decided I wanted to try roller derby, so I jumped in my car and went to a practice.
Cru: I got a dog and I knew I would need to be intentionally about excercising him. I wanted to find new ways other than running, so I went to Asphalt Beach to buy a pair of skates that I could use outside. Shortly after, the owner, Steve, persuaded me to join the recreational team and my competitive nature took it from there.
ep: What is your pre-derby sports/skating background?
Ann T: Lots of things. I did the usual basketball, volleyball, softball, and soccer during my younger years. In high school I focused on swimming and diving, and in college I ran and did a year of crew. Many people in my family like golf, so whenever I pop back to Kansas for a visit I usually pick that back up.
Cru: Dancing has always been a passion however in high school I focused in cross country running, soccer and Flag football. Specifically to skating, when I was younger all the cool kids use to go skating every week which is where my love for skating began.
ep: How did you pick your derby name?
Ann T: My name is Ann T. Histamine #0TC (over the counter). I am a student pharmacist, so I wanted a name that related to that field.
Cru: The credit for this goes to a fellow skater, tWitch, who gave me the name one day at practice and it stuck.
ep: What’s the hardest part of being a rollergirl?
Ann T: The time commitment. For all levels of skaters it takes a great deal of time to attend practices and do your own conditioning. If you couple that with my hectic school schedule, and other variables (jobs, interviews, rotations, ect.) it gets very complicated.
Cru: Balancing real life with derby life and sometimes having to prioritize real life over derby life.
ep: How has your involvement in roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?
Ann T: I have become much more organized. In order to accomplish everything I would like to in a day I must plan my activities (I have a fondness for calendars now). Roller Derby has also given me the tools to train better and live healthier than I have in the past. I find I am a much more well-rounded athlete and person as a result.
Cru: It's definitely taught me how important it is to have an outlet outside of work (or the norm) and creating time to do other things that you love in order to maintain a better quality of life.
ep: How do you find a balance between your derby life and your “real” life?
Ann T: You don't... Just kidding. I just try to be aware of what I'm doing and how I'm feeling. If I start dreading practice or a workout I need to take a day or two off. Derby may be hard, but it should always be something that I enjoy doing, never something I have to do.
Cru: It can be difficult as both can overlap each other, however I try to allocate specific days to do non-derby related things so that I can break my week up.
ep: Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
Ann T: I try to eat a big breakfast and snack the rest of the day. On bout days at Municipal I like to help lay down the track, and then spend an hour just relaxing or being calm before things start up.
Cru: My pre-bout ritual consist of eating lunch at Baja Burrito and drinking lots of coconut water throughout the day. I also think about what goals I want to accomplish for that bout.
ep: What things do you do outside of practice to stay healthy?
Ann T: I like to run, lift heavy things, and do TRX. It would be nice if I could do all of these things on a weekly basis, but that usually never happens.
Cru: Besides eating right, I try to do as much cross training as possible like dancing, running, cycling and yoga so that I can improve my overall health.
ep: What advice do you have for girls who want to join roller derby?
Ann T: Just do it. It is really easy to overthink things and scare yourself into not trying. Just take a deep breath and show up! I promise that we are all really friendly!
Cru: Do it! I've been so thankful for the outlet it has given me as well as all the wonderful people I have met.