Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Friday, September 21, 2018

More Choreo

My lesson with Holly on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert, as usual.  A bit of a zoo this morning.  Not that the # of skaters was huge but everyone was practicing programs/dance/moves and so a lot of people zipping around.

I warmed up with laps and spins.

For today's lesson we continued working on choreography.  We spent some time working on my chainé turns to get them to not be as swinging and keep the free leg closer (I can use this in my dramatic!).  And some general working out of some details.  I still don't have the final cut for my music so that is holding me back.  We also decided to move the waltz jump earlier in the program and put a salchow where the waltz was. I still probably need at least a couple more elements though and we need to work out the ending.  Ugh.

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Friday, September 14, 2018


My lesson with Holly on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert, as usual.

Today we finally got started on choreography for the new light program.  We worked through about the first half of the program and worked through some questions about the music cut and props.

There's a lot to do but I think we got a good start. This program is going to be really fun :-)

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Breaking It Down

My figures lesson with Danette on the Chandler Ice Café.  Nice ice and just 4 skaters.

We started my lesson pretty much immediately, without really a warmup period.

Today's lesson:

  • Edges -- generally pretty nice.  I'm really happy with the BI edges, the initial push is much better.
  • step forward -- after this I asked for exercises to address the continuing issues I am having with the step forward.  Danette had me skate backward down the line, turn and push.  This is actually slightly easier than in the waltz-8 as I'm only turning 180 degrees, whereas on the w-8 since it's on a circle it's more than 180 degrees.  We worked through some issues with trying to get me to bend my knees more and to bring my hips under me.
  • hips exercise -- which brought us to working to get my hips under me on any push, and stand straighter -- a nice vertical line from shoulders/hips/feet.  I tend to be a bit forward when I push.  We worked on this quite a bit with only some modest progress, but as Danette said, I didn't get where I am overnight so this will take a while.  This is something I don't have to be in patch blades to work on, so I can work on it whenever I skate.

After my lesson I had about 20 minutes to work on this stuff some more, as well as the exercise she gave me a while ago of gliding on my back edge and keeping turned into the circle.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Birthday Skate

I skated the Chandler 5:30 p.m. FS as usual, but it was my birthday so it was special!

I warmed up with laps, then a little bit of time on FXOs and BXOs.  Then some time on spins ( a couple of good ones) and on jumps.

I realized one of the issues with my toe loop and the reason I'm picking too far to the inside of the circle is that I'm not checking the 3 very well, so I'm still rotating/turning while I'm trying to pick so it winds up way inside.  I need to try to make it a bit straighter, like the salchow, and then bend my knees more.

The last 10 minutes of the session, I looked around and realized all the coaches were gone and it was just 6 of us.  My first thought was "hey, all the adults are gone!".  Lol :-) sometimes in skating it is easy to forget that I am (technically!) an adult :-).

Monday, September 10, 2018


I skated the Chandler 8:30 FS for practice this morning.  I'm trying to do better about getting more practice, so glad that I was able to get myself moving and get to the rink this a.m.

I warmed up with some laps, then worked a bit on FXOs and BXOs.  Next I worked on jumps -- waltz, sal, toe.  Making a little progress on toe, sals were inconsistent.

Next I warmed up my bunny hop, then ran my dramatic program ("Years") with music.  A little rough in places and I was distracted by people getting in my way (in spite of the fact there were only 3 of us on the ice!).  I remembered just before I started that I have to move the start down ice since I'll be doing this on 3/4 ice for Autumn Antics.  Eep.  Anyway a little rough but I did get a good spin in the beginning so that's something.  I'll keep working it.

After that I ran through most of the Bronze moves except for power-3s. Spent a little time fixing the LBO in the 5-step mohawk so it was not so scratchy -- we'll see if I can do that in the actual move though.  Circle-8 still has issues.

Finished up with some more time on spins. Yay!

Thursday, September 06, 2018


My figures lesson with Danette on the Chandler Ice Café.

I had a 30 minute warmup so I scribed some circles, did edges and FO8, FI8 and then a little time on the waltz-8.

Today's lesson was just on the waltz-8.  We started off in a random spot, then moved to my scribed circles.  Today we mostly worked on the BO edge and step forward, especially from the RBO as that seems to be more of a problem.

I'm thinking we need to find more exercises that will help me with the various positions here, as that seems to be the crux of the problem -- specifically the two positions on the BO edge (turned into the circle, and then transition to turned out of the circle for the step forward). Mostly when I transition for the step forward I take too long, and I curve into the circle without turning out my skating foot. Urph.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler for practice, as usual.  I was a bit tired and unmotivated, unfortunately.

I warmed up with laps and then worked on crossovers for a while, then some spins, both the exercise and from the windup.  I got a couple of good ones and the rest not so much.