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Enpsychopedia: Where are you originally from?
Cole Hearted: Kansas
ep: How did you first get involved in roller derby?
Cole: I lived in Washington and I was looking for something fun to do with my kids. Then after seeing a bout, I started thinking, "Yeah, I could do this." Then a few weeks later I was at a gas station, just pumping gas and this woman (Captain of my future team) approached me and asked if I played roller derby. I was like, "no...?" She added, "well you should," gave me some info and that was it. I bought some cheap gear, head to toe and showed up for the next boot camp. Never looked back!
ep: What is your pre-derby sports/skating background?
Cole: I love all the sports. I am very competitive! I played and still play softball, volleyball, and basketball. If it's a 3 legged race I want to do it and I want to win--and if not win, have no excuse other than the other team just brought it better, not that we didn't do everything we could to win. I always have fun while still trying to win. I was a rink rat, quads and all, then around 7th grade I rocked blades... then when I got into roller derby I had to revert back to quads. Pretty sure I'll never do blades again.
ep: How did you pick your derby name?
Cole: My middle name is Cole and I went through all the ways to swing it and Cole'd Hearted stuck... but then Cole Hearted was just better.
ep: What’s the hardest part of being a rollergirl?
Cole: Trying to stay focused on what your goals are and what you are really here for. Sometimes the surroundings get fogged by things you can't control. I travel a lot and play with many other leagues and do open derby tourneys and volunteer to play bouts to help me re-fall in love with the sport over and over again. I just wanna skate, laugh, hit, jump, play roller derby and make friends along the way who love it like I do.
ep: How has your involvement in roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?
Cole: It has in fact changed my whole life. I was a young momma so I did things a little backwards than what I would have liked. Roller Derby brought me back to who I always was, that had gotten lost along the way of being a mom, a wife and worker.
ep: How do you find a balance between your derby life and your “real” life?
Cole: What, they aren't the same thing? I love controlled chaos, so it fits in perfectly with who I am. The more the merrier. As long as there is a goal and lots of smiles it will find its place!! If not, we make time, we make room and we get it done ('we' being my family, both blood and derby alike)!
ep: Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
Cole: I love Smoothie King! I want to own one, one day! Also PB crackers, V8 juice and apple juice. Sometimes Subway if I can't find a smoothie.
ep: What things do you do outside of practice to stay healthy?
Cole: I just recently started working at a gym because I was going there 3-4 times a week. I decided I should just get paid to do it, so now I do. I work out 3-4 times a week for about 2 hours each time, I play random pick-up sports, run my kiddos to their sports and sometimes participate with them. I hike, kayak and do lots of outdoorsy type stuff with my 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 3 kids.
ep: What advice do you have for girls who want to join roller derby?
Cole: It will change your life. You'll be addicted. You'll want nothing more than to be in your skates every day until you have conquered the newest thing you've learned or seen and you will laugh and cry! You will be sore and get kicka** bruises to feel proud of!! Some days you'll feel hopeless and unsure, like it ain't for you. Then the next time you put your skates on, it feels AMAZING and you’re right back at it and you aren't alone!! You'll feel rich when you have spent your last penny on your first educated purchase on a pair of beautiful, shiny, new roller skates. It will change your life!