Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

My adventures as an adult male figure skater in Tucson, Arizona Portland, Oregon Chandler, Arizona.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Circle-8, Power-3s

My lesson with JJ on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert.  I got to the rink and skated the 7:30 a.m. FS, then we had our lesson at 8:15.  I warmed up with Bronze moves and then spent some more time on circle-8 and spins.

Today's lesson:

  • circle-8 -- my experience with these is that unless I have really perfect ice (which I didn't today) I often don't have enough speed/flow to get around the RFO and RFI.  I don't have these issues in my patch skates but the freestyle blades are sufficiently different as to make it an issue. So, we worked on pushing harder/quicker and sitting back more.  JJ also suggested I not put my free hand/arm back so much but just out to the side and to really try to be on the back of the blade from the beginning of the push.  We made some progress on it.
  • power-3s -- we worked on the back lobe, to improve the BXO and get the body position adjusted a bit better.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Cafe.

For this lesson we had decided to work on serpentines since we worked on waltz-8 this morning.  We worked on a number of things -- not anticipating the change of edge, body position into the change of edge, etc.  I managed to have a funny fall in the process (no harm done) -- I swear I am the only person who could fall doing a serpentine! Lynne had me bring the free foot forward well in advance of the change of edge so that I am on a stable edge for the actual change.  This had the side benefit of letting me think about the change of edge without having to also think about bringing the foot forward :-).   So I was able to do a much better change of edge (smoother and quicker).  These improved a lot today!  I was really pleased.

I still need to improve my flow through and after the change of edge, and also to get a better push.  Lynne suggested I should work on pushing harder into an FO or FI circle and seeing how many times I can get around the (same) circle -- this is more realistic than pushing onto a flat.  So after our lesson I spent some time on this.  Eeep!  It's really challenging to try to push really hard and still be on a good edge.  Uck.  More work required.

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My figures lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  Lynne was out last week so we are catching up with two figures lessons today.  I got on the session (private ice!) and warmed up with edges, scribed some circles and then went through the Preliminary test.

We spent our whole lesson on the waltz-8.  As I said to Lynne, it's a good thing I'm not 10 (lol) or I wouldn't be able to stand 30 minutes on just one figure.  We made some really good progress on fixing the BO edge and step forward.  I'm doing a much better job of holding the BO edge around long enough, and that is making the step forward a lot easier.  There's still more to be done but I'm really pleased to be making this progress.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

GCCC Freestyle

I was still in Santa Fe this morning and skated the 10:30 a.m. freestyle there.  Alas I was running late so I only got 30 minutes in.  Still, at $6.50 it was not too bad.

This was actually rather crowded!  I worked on Moves mostly.  I think I've done better at fixing the feedback in my critique on the 5-step mohawk.  The mohawks themselves still need improvement though.  Power-3s are a little better but the RFO3 side is still pretty weak.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Skating In Santa Fe

I am in Santa Fe visiting coach Olivia while I'm in NM, and I had the opportunity to skate the afternoon public at the GCCC.

I got about 2 hours of skating in, which is a lot more than I usually do at one go anymore.  Also I hadn't skated a public in quite some time.  GCCC's ice is pretty soft.  The session was somewhat crowded and while I really wanted to work on Moves it wasn't a good idea.  I worked mostly on stroking and spins, and did some small chunks of moves in the middle.  I did one reasonably nice 2-rev spin from the windup, which made me happy.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


My lesson with JJ on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert.

I'm still getting over my injury from last week so I didn't want to work on anything that involved too much twisting :-) so we decided to work on the perimeter crossovers from the Bronze Moves, specifically the issues that I had feedback on in my critique.

Today's lesson:

  • FXOs -- we worked on the weaker side FXOs, trying to get a more convincing crossover with an actual underpush.  Some amount of success, but clearly I need to spend more time on this.  We also worked a bit on holding the extension on the long FI edge in the move.
  • BXOs -- we worked on getting a better cross and more power.  Again, more work needed here.  JJ says these used to be better than they are now... uh oh :-(.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Patch Perseverance

My fall April 6 was harder than I realized at the time (or maybe not) so I have been off the ice since then.  I finally got back today at Ice Cafe.  No lesson today though as Lynne is on vacation, so I had patch practice.

I ran edges, FO8, FI8, BO8, then some extended time on serpentines, then some waltz-8 and just a couple of minutes on BI8.  Things were a little rough after first but got better reasonably quickly.  Serpentines... I am just not making it around.  I know I need to push harder, and I lose too much flow in the edge change.  Grrr.

Monday, April 06, 2015


My spins lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  I had private ice :-).  I warmed up by running the Bronze Moves test, then I ran my free skate program (first time since PCAS!).  It went reasonably well.  The salchow was horrible but the spin was 2 revs so yay! 

Today's lesson:
  • standing start -- these started off not so great but then improved.  I took a nasty fall about 8 minutes into the lesson as I leaned back a little I think -- fell hard on my left arm and side.  The arm is fine but the ribs are sore :-(.  Anyway continued the lesson and they were just okay.
  • windup -- I got a few that were 2 revs but in general I was still rushing these a bit.  Also I was a bit distracted by pain from the fall, so not the best.

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