Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Moves & Jumps

My lesson with JJ on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert. I warmed up with Bronze Moves.

Today's lesson:

  • 5-step mohawk -- working to de-scratch these.  JJ pointed out that the scratching actually started with the 2nd step, not just the 3rd.  So I worked on pressing the heel on the 2nd step and then doing the same on the 3rd. We made some progress working it on the circle, then tried it in the move.  Ugh.  A lot harder in the move.  I have to really focus on being more deliberate and not going on autopilot.  Oh well.
  • circle-8 -- wanted to try this on the somewhat crappy ice since Gilbert is where I will be testing.  It was... okay.  Just barely okay.  I really need to push harder at Gilbert since the ice is softer and doesn't flow as well.
  • waltz jump -- we worked on improving the check on the landing and getting more spring.
  • salchow -- I had done a really nice one yesterday, and I managed a pretty good one today too, then some that were not so good.  After that they improved a bit.  Keys seemed to be to relax (lol), hold the LFO a bit and then hold the LBI a bit with a good strong check.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spins

My spins lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  I warmed up with Bronze Moves then spent more time on power-3s.

Today's lesson:

  • standing start -- these started off just so-so, then improved (several 3 rev spins), then got worse again.  Ugh.
  • windup -- I had one 2 rev spin.  Same issues as usual, I'm rushing too much.  Meh.
After my lesson I warmed up my jumps.  I did a really good salchow!  By "really good" I mostly mean that the timing was actually right -- there wasn't much "jump" in that jump but the timing was good.  Then I ran my free skate program. Meh.  Finished late.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Power-3s, Toe Loop, Loop

My lesson with JJ on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert, as usual.  I warmed up with the Bronze Moves test.

Today's lesson:

  • power-3s -- we worked on the RFO3 side.  Mostly we worked on doing a better job of the BXO and step forward.  I realized that part of the issue was that the BXO really was cruddy and weight stayed on the outside too much.  We spent quite a bit of time on these.  Part of is that I am tending to rush the BXO and not take my time.
  • toe loop -- still working to get my weight onto the toe pick.  JJ says I really just need to think about the entry and not worry about the jump right now.  I spent some time looking back in this blog -- it's distressing to see how long I have been working on these and they still stink.  Grrr.
  • loop intro -- still working on the drill JJ gave me -- RFI3, 2-foot turn, hop.  This is getting a lot easier.
After my lesson we talked briefly about the Bronze Moves test.  The conclusion is to take the test June 26th at Gilbert, as standard adult and not masters standard.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Preliminary Test & Serpentines

My figures test with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Cafe.

We started my lesson as soon as I got on the ice.  In some ways not optimal but it is good practice for the test (no warmup as a simulation for nerves).

Today's lesson:

  • edges -- pretty good.  I'm really pleased that the BI edges are improved enough that the first lobe is almost the same size as all the others. 
  • FO8 -- I forgot to mark my center for this but decided to just go with it.  Actually I was okay as I just looked for my push-off mark.  A little wonky on the first LFO (a bit flat) but other than that not bad.
  • FI8 -- pretty nice.  Didn't mark my center for this either as an experiment. It was fine.
  • waltz-8 -- wow!  These were actually so much better!  I was really really happy with them.  I am holding the BO edge long enough and that is making the step forward and FO return a lot easier.  I'm still a little inside the circle on the BO.  We did them again and they were even better!  I'm really excited at my progress on these.  Still some work to do on making sure I step onto a good FO edge at the end but that is coming too. Yay!
  • serpentines -- just 5 min or so on these.  The change of edge is a lot better and smoother and I feel like I have more control.  The main weakness now is the flow and push, I am stil about a quarter-circle short of finishing each 1.5 circle side.  Grrr.
After my lesson I spent the rest of the time working on serpentines and on practicing pushing.

All in all a great lesson!  I'm really pleased with my progress.   We have 6 or 7 weeks before I will have to commit to what figures to do for the Sherwood competition.  However the Chandler rink schedule is going to change for the summer after next week and I don't know how much figures ice I will get.  :-(

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Spins

My spins lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.

I warmed up with Bronze Moves, then worked some more on 5-step mohawk and circle-8.  These are improving slowly.  I think they'll be ready to test in late June.

Today's lesson:

  • standing start -- these started out not so great, but they did improve.  I did manage one 4-rev spin and several 3-rev spins.  I'm really lacking in consistency though.  I feel like I know all the pieces of what I need to do but getting them all to happen at the same time is the problem :-(.
  • windup -- these are not as good (as usual), but I did manager one pretty nice 2-rev spin.  It's just a lot harder for me to settle down and not rush for this.  Grrr.
After my lesson I ran my free skate program.  Realized after the first 25 seconds or so that I was forgetting the little side toe hop after the waltz jump so I restarted and put it in.  Yay!  Salchow was not so great and the footwork needs work.  The lunge was really nice and low/solid though.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Moves, Jumps, Dance

My lesson with JJ on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert.  I warmed up with Bronze moves as usual.

Today's lesson:

  • 5-step mohawk -- about 15 minutes on this. We worked on stabilizing the BO edge of the move.  In the past I've been waaaay up on my toe, dragging my toepick on that edge; so we made some good progress in fixing that.  If I can reinforce this in my practice I'll feel like this move is more or less ready to go.
  • toe loop -- ugh.  We worked on getting me to bring the RBO edge around and not have me feet too close together.  We actually made some progress on this.
  • loop prep -- we revisited the drill from last week, which I had also worked on briefly yesterday (Mohawk, two-foot turn, hop).  That actually is pretty comfortable (even the hop) so now we are working on doing it on one foot :-).  That will take some work.
  • swing rolls -- I'm considering taking the ice dance class Chandler is going to offer in June and July, so in prep for that we spent just a couple of minutes on swing rolls.  They actually have gotten a lot better than I remember... but I need to try doing them at tempo now.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Serpentines

The second half of my "doubleheader Wednesday" with Lynne, my figures lesson on the Chandler Ice Café.

Today's lesson was focused (again) solely on serpentines.  Today we focused on being sure to not anticipate the change of edge and to make it smoother.  Some progress...  I still need to improve my push and flow though.

After my lesson I worked on waltz-8 and a little on BO8.

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Spins

My spins lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  Private ice!

I warmed up with Bronze moves, then went back and worked some more on circle-8 since I'm still having occasional issues with it (how embarrassing!).

Today's lesson:
  • standing start -- ugh.  These were pretty bad.  I have neglected them for a couple (?) of weeks and it really showed.  I think the best I did was 2.5 revs and most were just really horrible.  Yuck.
  • windup -- these were also really pretty bad :-(.
After my lesson I had a few minutes so I ran my free skate.  Not that bad in the great scheme of things other than a horrible salchow.  I am still forgetting to do small things (until right after I should have done them) but it's not too bad.  I'm still skating too slowly though.

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