Sometimes the road to greatness is the one less travelled. In these skaters’ cases it is the one that is furthest. Meet the road warriors of the Atlanta Rollergirls that commute above and beyond so they can be a part of ARG!
How long is your commute?I leave straight from work to practice which is a 1.5 hr drive and return 1 hr home after practice.
Why commute to a roller derby league so far away? What makes it worth it?My commute is so far away because I work in a very small town south of Atlanta. People will ask me why don’t I just find a job in Atlanta? Well, I moved here from the Dakotas for my current position and I’m trying to stick it out for at least another year. The biggest goal for me will be to find another Job in Atlanta and ultimately move there where I can be closer to derby. Derby is worth that for me. Honestly, mustering up the get go for a long commute is difficult for me. It places a lot of maintenance and miles onto my car. Also, I become very tired by the end of the week when getting home late from practices. With all of these cons you would wonder why anyone would consider the commute to be worth it? To emphasize I can certainly tell you that it is absolutely worth it! Never have I gained the experience and skating ability from any other team in my skating career. Skating with Atlanta is incredibly rewarding. You gain valuable advice from very experienced skaters. At ARG the only way is forward in terms of learning new abilities and improving yourself as a skater. I have improved so fast in the past 6 months of skating with this league. It is a much larger improvement than what I’ve had in the 3 years prior to joining ARG. So even though the commute will be arduously tough, I still continue to do it.
What is your favorite playlist/podcast/streaming station for your commute? I love music so I listen to my personal library every commute. If you pay for SiriusXM my favorite station is the NPR station. It’s a GREAT Station!
What advice do you have for someone who really wants to skate with Atlanta but is intimidated by the commute? My advice to any potential skater that is scared of the commute would be to just try it. You never know until you try something. I was discouraged at first when I moved here and saw the distance. However I’m really happy I decided to try it out! One thing I have learned is to manage your time well and choose wisely which practices to attend. Understand how much your body can take because burnout can happen very fast when a lot of your personal time is taken up with skating and half of that is actually only driving.
How long is your commute? If I’m coming from work, my drive to practice is 20-30 minutes (depending on traffic). If I’m coming from home, my drive is an hour plus (again, depending on whether or not traffic is in my favor).
Why commute to a roller derby league so far away? What makes it worth it? I have always commuted for roller derby. My drive has been anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 hours one-way. ARG is worth the drive for two reasons: 1) ARG offers a welcoming environment that is open to athletes from any background and skill-level. 2) ARG will then challenge said skater to be the best she can be and provide the training necessary to support that skater’s growth.
What is your favorite playlist/podcast/streaming station for your commute? Currently, I’m rocking Bowie’s greatest hits. Usually, I’m listening to 90s era rock/alternative/metal. After a long day at the office, I’m mentally exhausted, so I need some hype during my drive to re-energize and prepare for practice.
What advice do you have for someone who really wants to skate with Atlanta but is intimidated by the commute? The commute does require dedication, but it is absolutely worth it. Give it a try. There is always a way to make it work, and given the number of practice opportunities offered by ARG, it is possible to create a practice schedule that fits.
How long is your commute? 42 miles. I live south of the city but my commute is almost entirely the interstate. I typically go against the flow of traffic so it’s usually a 45 minute- 1 hour drive. This is Atlanta though, so you just never know when you’re going to get stuck in a backup for miles on end.
Why commute to a roller derby league so far away? What makes it worth it? I started with a league that was 18 miles from my house but the commute often took me 35-40 minutes on surface-streets due to traffic and lights. After going to a handful of clinics at the ARG practice facility, I realized that although it’s a further commute, it really wouldn’t take me much longer. Because there are a variety of practices each week, including weekends, I have some flexibility in choosing which practices work best with my schedule. When you realize how experienced, organized and passionate the skaters in the league are, you will understand why people are willing to drive from all over to join. Every practice is positive and varied because there are so many excellent trainers. As a newbie I’ve gained incredible experience skating with ladies who have been playing for years. There is simply no way I could have increased my level of play as quickly as I did if I wasn’t willing to put in a few extra miles.
What is your favorite playlist/podcast/streaming station for your commute? I recently started subscribing to Spotify and love that I can choose whatever artist or album tickles my fancy that day. I can also listen to a playlist that someone else has put together.
What advice do you have for someone who really wants to skate with Atlanta but is intimidated by the commute? Try the drive at a practice time and really decide if it’s that bad. You might just find that A) it’s not that bad during off-peak traffic hours and B) if you really want to step up your game and training, there’s nowhere better to skate than ARG!
Human Missile Crisis
How long is your commute? About 1.5 during rush hour, 45 minutes after peak, 25-30 minutes home without traffic.
Why commute to a roller derby league so far away? What makes it worth it? The play level, for sure. ARG is a Top 15, D1 team, and the practices reflect that. It is also the mentality of the teams. There’s a lot to be said for practicing with girls that are hungry and focused. We work hard and we play hard, and the commute is worth that to me.
What is your favorite playlist/podcast/streaming station for your commute? You can download audiobooks for free through an app called Overdrive from your local library. Doesn’t take up all your storage and deletes itself when your books expire–no fees, finally. I’ve listened to The Shining and the Mockingjay series. Otherwise I’ll catch up with NPR.
What advice do you have for someone who really wants to skate with Atlanta but is intimidated by the commute? It’s tough, but it’s worth trying. Traffic and distance suck, but they’re kind of a part of living in Atlanta. If you’re doing a daily commute already, shouldn’t it be going somewhere you’re jazzed about, rather than just heading home to your bed?
Git Off My Lawn!
How long is your commute? 2.5 hours
Why commute to a roller derby league so far away? What makes it worth it? When I initially moved back to Alabama I had my eye on ARG from the beginning. I dropped in to a few practices and went to a couple of block parties and just fell in love with the league. It’s one of the hardest working yet supportive and fun leagues I have skated with. It’s so worth it because I really feel in this environment I have the opportunity to reach all of my derby goals.
What is your favorite playlist/podcast/streaming station for your commute? Usually on the way to practice I stream drum and bass to get pumped. On the way back I stream a Seattle based independent radio station, KEXP.org.
What advice do you have for someone who really wants to skate with Atlanta but is intimidated by the commute? Just do it! Come to a few practices and try it out. It’s not as bad as you might think. When I’m tired the next day at work I think of why I’m tired and it makes me happy. It’s a lot more time management but I also value the practices in a different way. I don’t drive all that way to hang out. I’m more determined to get something from every minute I’m at the facility.