Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Still Workin' Waltz-8

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Café.

I warmed up with edges and FO8 and scribed circles.  I had not skated patch for 3 weeks! Ugh.

Today's lesson:

  • FI8 -- more or less okay but my RFI circles were small (all of them) so I did some more to get the correct feel.
  • waltz-8 -- meh.  Ran through them for a bit, then focused in specifically trying to fix the step forward from the LBO.  UGH.  I need to really focus on leaning back into the circle (scary) and really bring my R arm (and head!) around, while keeping the L arm/shoulder back. We did make some progress, actually.
  • 3s to center -- just 5 minutes on these.  RFO3 is not bad but the LFO3 really stinks.  How weird.  I keep forcing it and it's just bad all around.  Yuck.
After my lesson I worked some more on the step forward, but it was worse then when I was in my lesson (literally, 5 minutes earlier). Grrr.  I need more practice time.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Choreo Polishing

I skated the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler for choreography with Tammy.  Only 4 of us on this session and 3 coaches. 

I warmed up with Bronze Moves, which went better than I expected.  Still having issues with circle-8, and I don't think 5-step or power-3s are passing level, but it's coming along.  After that I had about 10 minutes so I warmed up some elements from my program.

We started by working through some of the chunks of the program -- first, the bunnyhop, then the mohawk sequence.  Then we ran the program with music -- I finished considerably late, in part because I came out of the first spin forward and had to change to backward and that took me too far down rink.  Ugh.

We worked to take some of my "thinking" time out before and during the mohawk sequence.  I just need to DO it... bam! bam! bam! no thinking! Also, working to "s" the flow after the side toe hop into the waltz jump so that it's more curvy and I will not go to close to the curtain on the waltz jump.

We added some arm movements and changed some others:

  • changed the opening arms to have my hands behind my back at the beginning
  • after the very first crossover, added an arm movement similar to the later one after the chainé turns.
  • added/changed an arm movement in the lunge -- now it's arms extended in front and then lifting up during the lunge.
We finished with another run through.  Still finished a little late, but closer. I need to skate a little faster!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler tonight. After 2 weeks off the ice due to illness and then traveling for NWP Regionals, it was a bit rough!

I warmed up with stroking, then some crossovers. After that some power-3s just randomly, not in the pattern.  I finished up working on spins - bleah.

I'm competing Autumn Antics and it's less than 3 weeks away... eeep!  So much to do.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler as usual.  I had an ophthalmologist appointment this afternoon and my eyes were still a bit whacked-out (dilated) so it was ... interesting.

I did some stroking, then spent a bunch of time on spins (yuck) and just a little time on waltz jump and salchow (also yuck).  Not my most productive time, but oh well at least I got out there!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Perimeter XOs, Spins, Jumps

My lesson with Holly on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert, as usual.  I warmed up with stroking. It was really cold in the rink and I was sleepy :-(

Today's lesson:

  • perimeter XOs -- ran these once through and it was so-so.  Holly pointed out that I'm too much on my toes on the BXOs so I'm either dragging my toepicks a little, or even if I'm not I don't have enough blade on the ice to get enough surface to push from.  She had me try doing the FXOs by the hockey boxes and the BXOs on the other side, the theory being that there are often a lot of people by the hockey boxes so maybe I'm intimidated in pushing harder because I'm afraid of a collision. So I did it again and it was better.  Not sure if it was that reason, or just that I did it again but I'll practice it that way since it doesn't really matter to me anyway.
  • spins -- from a standing start.  I did have one that was pretty good, I was in the sweet spot and I didn't (immediately) freak out.  Still working to keep my head up and not look down.
  • jumps -- waltz jump (meh), several salchows (got better as we went) and then some toe loops (maybe a little bit of progress).
Next week we need to look at my blade alignment on the L foot again -- I think it's a bit off and since I will be off the ice for a week for Regionals it would be a good time to get it adjusted if that's what we need.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

FO8, Waltz-8, Serpentine

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Café as usual. Nice ice and just me and Donna skating today.

I warmed up with edges and FI8 and scribed my circles.

Today's lesson:

  • FO8 -- pretty good, except my return to center on the LFO was a little diagonal.  We did a 2nd layout (both in random places, but on a line for the long axis the 2nd time) and it was better.  Flow was pretty good.  Considering the short warmup I thought it was pretty good, actually.
  • waltz-8 -- first set not so great.  Second set was much much better until I fell on the 3rd RFO3.  Urph, I was just going a bit fast and got too forward on the turn.  We worked some more after that and I fell a number of times, I was just trying too hard I think.
  • serpentines -- we just worked on the RFO-LFI side.  I realized I was not really bringing the free leg forward before the change of edge in any considered way, so we talked about that and worked to do that a bit earlier.  This really helped on the FOI to help me stay on a better edge and not anticipate, and I had better flow.  However on the FIO I was really struggling to get the change of edge to happen.  We'll have to revisit that.
After my lesson I worked a bit more on serpentines but still no progress on the FIO change.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler, as usual. About 9 skaters and 5 or 6 coaches.

I ran through Bronze Moves.  Again circle-8 really is not good.  Other than that, and still being too slow on perimeter XOs (at least forward, anyway) and my power-3s stinking, the rest is not too bad.

After that I worked on portions of my dramatic program -- the mohawk sequence and the bunnyhop->lunge->toe loop.  Then I worked just on spins and toe loops briefly.  I finished up by running the program.  I managed to do pretty much everything (including the bunnyhop, yay!) but again I'm finishing way late.  Of course it didn't help that it was a bit crowded and I had to navigate around people.  Oh well.  Still it's coming along.