pssst. i have a secret. well actually i have a secret life. it doesn’t involve crime-fighting or anything like that but it does involve shiny spandex hot shorts. it’s roller derby. i have played roller derby for 4 seasons and many know me as eden mydust. or just eden for short. (in fact most of my derby family only know my real name from my twitter feed. lol) while i adore my team, The Garden State Rollergirls, photography and my children have priority right now and so i am on leave. being away from derby is actually pretty hard for me because i miss the love of my teammates, the motivation they give and the inspiration to work harder. these are things i never experienced before roller derby. but i’ve found that i can still be involved in roller derby, just not play. i volunteer and promote but mostly i shoot. yay! photography saves the day again. since my husband, Vader, plays on the NY Shock Exchange, we travel quite a bit and i have the pleasure of shooting for them. shooting derby is unlike anything else i shoot, and so i enjoy it as a refreshing change. it’s not the campy sport you may remember from the 70’s but really a true athletic endeavor with most skaters practicing 2-3 hours 3 or 4 times a week, not to mention all the plyometrics and strength training involved to keep them fast. it’s really an amazing sport. i strongly encourage you to go see a derby bout in your area. it won’t dissapoint. here are some photos from Holyoke, MA from this past weekend. Shock Exchange took on Pioneer Valley Roller Derby.
Jonathan R, the Shock Exchange’s captain, proudly skates his team through introductions.
An awesome Shock Exchange fan
Of course I had to include a picture of my husband roughing up Pioneer Valley’s The Rev. One of the beautiful parts of roller derby is that on the track you may be fierce opponents but at the after party, you’re friends and you share a beer together.
and I couldn’t resist this one. Our friend, the beautiful Jess Bandit of Montreal Roller Derby sported this amazing mustache. (She had to take it off because it was shedding.)