Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Preliminary Test, BO8

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Cafe.

Today's lesson:

  • edges -- pretty good.  BI lobes are still smaller than I'd like but okay.  The rest was good.
  • FO8 -- pretty decent.
  • FI8 -- pretty good.
  • waltz-8 -- about the same, unfortunately.  Still struggling with the step forward and checking the 3.  We tried pulling part of my scribe out to use as a stick (like this morning w/JJ) but the issue on the step forward here isn't really to turn the upper body quite so much -- if I do then I set up too much rotation and can't hold the edge.  So that was a nice idea that didn't quite work.  Hmmph.
  • BO8 -- ahhh.  These were a little rough at first but after a bit of work they were really quite nice!  I love doing these.
After my lesson I had a couple of minutes so I worked on BI8 (yikes) and serpentines.

I think we need to try a different approach on the waltz-8.  Break it down somehow or something.

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Power-3s

My lesson with JJ on the 7:30 a.m. FS.  I warmed up by running most of the Bronze Moves test (though not in order) -- circle-8, 5-step mohawk, BXOs to BO edges, and perimeter stroking.  Not great, but not that bad and I get through them okay.  I'm just slow.

Today's lesson was all power-3s.  We worked on the left side and that went... okayish.  I got through them and did them, but my lobes were small (and got smaller with time).  I did maintain the axis though.  I went ahead into the R side and did like 3 before I fell (not hard).  So then we went and worked on the R side a bit.  Ugh.  I have a hard time making myself do the step forward from the BXO, much less the turn. So JJ brought out Le Stick :-) and that does help me get turned into the turn.  Hmmph.  We'll need to work on this some more.

So other than the issues with the R side step forward the biggest issue remaining with the power-3s is that I am placing the 3 waaaaay too early, not at the top of the lobe.  Still, JJ pointed out I have to be able to do them first before I can fix that.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Duet Practice

Melissa and I met up on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler to practice our duet for Autumn antics.  Since I have been off the ice and we had not practiced in 3 weeks I was concerned... and it was kinda rough for a while.

We have some work to do, no question.  We tweaked some things and added some really small little business but I have to practice some of this stuff.  I find that I really have to practice this with the music, otherwise I can't seem to really remember what I'm supposed to be doing and I really can't emote properly.  Still I think we have enough time that we'll be fine.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spin Progress!

My spins lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  During my warmup I worked a bit on moves and also walked through my light entertainment program which I am doing for Autumn Antics 11/9.  Eeek!  Being off the ice for 2.5 weeks made things a bit daunting but it was okay.  I have a lot of work to do to be ready to compete though.  I had private ice!  Apparently people don't want to skate on Mondays, at least not that late in the morning.

Today's lesson:

  • standing start -- major progress!  First, my entrance edge was much improved.  I did a better job of relaxing and letting it curve around more, so it was pointing more or less back to the line.  With that I managed to do several pretty good spins, and one that was excellent -- 3 revs, nicely centered and with a small circle (maybe 5-6" in diameter).  Awesome!
  • windup -- alas, I couldn't translate that progress into the windup.  I was still tending to rush things and so I didn't hold the entrance edge long enough and things were kinda forced.  Grrr.
All in all I was quite happy with my progress!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Preliminary Test

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Cafe.

I am still getting over a cold so I have been off the ice since my return from NWP Regionals... but I figured ( :-) ) I would be okay with some patching.  I had fixed my scribe also!

Today's lesson started pretty much right when I got on the ice w/no warmup.

Today's lesson:

  • edges -- pretty good.  BI first lobe still a bit weak, but overall I'd say passable.
  • FO8 -- pretty good although for some reason my circles were a little small.
  • FI8  -- decent.  We spent a little time trying to make my push for the LFI match the RFI one -- as it is the RFI ones are nicely placed but the LFI ones are too far out, i.e. I'm widestepping a bit. Not too hard to correct if I am actually paying attention...
  • waltz-8 -- what can one say? About the same.  After we went through it we spent some time breaking down the step forward.  I watched Lynne do it once and noticed that she really keeps her hands/arms close immediately before & after the step forward.  So I ran just the step forward and was actually able to improve it a lot... so then we ran it with the turn before it and whammo... Clearly part of the problem is that I don't check the 3 very well and so I'm still fixing my position when I push to the BO edge, which doesn't set me up well for success.  So there's more to fix here, really.
All in all good progress; at least I know more what's going on. 

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Preliminary Test

My figures lesson with Lynne at the Chandler Ice Café.  My scribe needs some maintenance so I did not have it today.

Today's lesson:
  • edges -- FO, FI not bad.  BO was pretty good. BI was not that bad; we spent some time working on the first push; trying to get a bigger first lobe with a better edge.  Some improvement.
  • FO8 -- a little uncontrolled at the start but not bad.
  • FI8 -- for some reason I got confused on my LFI circle and it was waaaay too small.  Oh well.
  • waltz-8 -- eh.  About the same.
After our lesson I worked on 3s to center and BO8.  I love BO8!

I really am going to have to find some time when I can practice figures; I'm just not getting enough time and the Ice Café is both a) pricey and b) too far from work to be practical more than once a week.  

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Duet Practice

After my lesson, Melissa and I skated the 8:15 a.m. FS at Gilbert for duet practice.

It's coming along well.  We ran it with music 3 or 4 times and spent a bunch of time working on some difficult areas; we also worked out some additional business for some "dead" areas that we had.  I tried out the hat I'd bought with Olivia on Saturday, and it worked great!  No problems staying on, I actually forgot I was wearing it for a while.

I'm feeling pretty confident about this program.  We have to work it to get more comfortable, but already we are getting faster and more into the program.

Bronze Moves

My lesson with JJ on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert.  During my warmup I worked on circle-8 and perimeter crossovers/stroking.

Today's lesson:

  • power-3s -- these are getting better.  We worked more on the R side where I have tended to get "stuck" on the back choctaw to start the new turn.  JJ had me hold the stick (ugh I hate the stick!) to get me to really rotate the body for the turn.  It did help a lot.  We made some good progress though, I think.
  • 5-step mohawk -- these continue to improve though they are darn slow...  JJ pointed out that my RFI mohawk and my LFI mohawk look entirely different... it's true.  I tend to hop the R one but not the left.   I really think I just need a LOT more practice and it will get better though.
All in all not a bad lesson.  JJ really thinks I should get a critique and then test sooner rather than later.  I think he thinks I'm aiming for a higher standard than what's really needed to pass.  He may be right, but I also know that with test nerves I have to be somewhat better than I am now so that I can be nervous and still pass.  We'll see. I do think he's right about the critique though -- maybe after Autumn Antics.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Spin Progress!

My spins lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  Unfortunately I was running late due to an early morning errand and didn't get there until 7:45.  Grr.

Today's lesson:

  • standing start -- some good progress here.  I actually got a nice 3-rev spin and several 2-rev spins.  The two things that seemed to help are 1) really trying to just relax and 2) thinking about bringing the knee up and in.
  • windup -- again good progress here, including one really nice 3-rev spin.  Pretty much the same stuff applies as from the standing start.  Hmmph.
All in all good progress but still very very inconsistent.  Grrr.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Duet Choreo!

Melissa and I met on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert to work with Coach Olivia on the duet choreography.  We pretty much finished it up (phew!) although there are a couple of places where there may be a small gap. Still we have a strong foundation and a lot to work on ... costumes are coming along nicely also.  Just lots and lots of practice!


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