Q & A with Caca Fuego
She’s been a leader from day one with the Naptown Roller Girls, both on and off the track. Caca Fuego has worked her way up as a fierce blocker for the Third Alarm and the Warning Belles. Our Peyton Slamming caught up to one of the hardest working women in derby for a chat!
1. Who are you and where did you come from?
I am me! I believe in team work, trusting people, encouraging each other… basically heaping love on my girls. (this sport is hard enough mentally) I also believe in continuous improvement, which means hearing (and sometimes the more difficult part… giving) feedback, both good and bad, so that skating, bout production, and I personally can get better. I also believe in celebrating the small victories. Lastly, chocolate milk after work outs where I worked exceptionally hard, regardless of how well I preformed, is key.
2. What attracted you to derby?
I needed to work out and I like to do that in a team environment where one can compete. I can be ultra-competitive and needed a constructive outlet for that. I checked into the time commitment to make sure I could commit. Here is the funny part: I was told that practice was just 3 times a week! I thought that was no big deal, only a little more than going to the gym.
So I tried out. I am pretty sure the only reason I made it was because I was so entertaining when I fell.
3. You just finished a season pulling sort-of double duty as both a skater AND as the HMFIC (Head of Bout Production). What were the challenges you faced?
In the midst of that I also started a new job. It was mentally exhausting. I really loved the work. I love organizing in the face of deadlines. Fire Anne Brimstone had done a great job of getting it to the level it needed to be. I tried to build on that by standardizing and documenting a few things. It helps when everyone knows what is happening and what to expect. We also had a stretch of 4 bouts in 8 weeks this year. A 2 week turn around is about as quick as we can produce a quality bout. We all tend to have other jobs, families, and many of us still skate. Trying to carve out the 80+ hours it can take to put a bout on in just 2 weeks can be difficult.
4. What’s been your favorite derby moment so far?
I don’t know. I am always looking forward to that next one – you know, the next skill mastered, the next strategy understood. But I did like it the first time I was really hit hard (retired skater) Joanie Gouge took a really solid pass at me. It was awesome understanding the power transfer and experiencing it.
5. Tell us something we might not know about you!!
I am a metallurgist by training. I can’t tell you how geeked out I get when in a foundry watching molten metal pouring out of a ladle – just that much shear energy! I know that I could simply throw an empty Coke can with the merest bit of liquid in it into the pot… and literally the roof would blow off the building as the liquid changed to vapor. Yea, I have a bit of pyro in me. I was really hoping to do a calendar shoot with molten metal pouring in the background and the outline of a derby girl in front of it.
Photo: Tom Klubens