Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler as usual.  I had a decent skate.  I worked on power-3s, FXOs, edges, and a bit on mohawks.  I also spent a little time working again on salchow and toe loop entrance.  I finished up with a few minutes on spins (they were horrible).

One note of progress -- while I wouldn't say I was full of energy and vigor, I was much more focused and productive today than last week. Still not as good as, say, Monday morning, but better than it's been, so that's encouraging.

Monday, March 27, 2017


I skated the 7:30 FS at Chandler for freestyle practice.  3 coaches and 4 skaters! Nice.  Again, I was just happy that I dragged myself out of bed to be there :-).

I had a decent skate.  I worked on FXOs, a little on BXOs, edges, stroking, power-3s... my RFO3s really need work.  And I need more control.

I also worked a bunch on spins, and I made myself do the entry for salchow and toe loop (but not the jump).   I also convinced myself to do the R side of the 5-step mohawk (just one!).

So all in all it was a good skate... need to get myself to do jumps in my lesson Wednesday, I think.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Patch Perseverance

I skated the Chandler Ice Café for patch practice -- Lynne was out today, so no lesson.

I worked on almost all my elements (EXCEPT waltz-8 -- I was not in the mood!).  Edges, FO/FI8, some quality time on BO8 and BI8, and even a little bit of serpentines and 3s to center. Ugh, those last two were not so great. :-(

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spins & FXOs

My lesson with Holly on the Gilbert adult skate.  As usual, nice ice and just 4 skaters!

I warmed up with stroking, edges, FXOs, a couple of power-3s and a spin.

Today's lesson:

  • stroking -- just one lap.
  • slaloms -- just one lap.  Ugh, I need to stand up straighter on these. I tend to crouch and it makes my lower back hurt after a while.
  • spins -- a bunch of time on these.  It took a while for me to remember to stay low in the knee longer.  I'm still not bringing my free leg in, which is annoying.  And I'm not staying over my left side, I keep dropping my right shoulder... which led to...
  • FXOs -- I whined at Holly about how I don't feel like I am over my skate on the LFO for these.  After doing a bunch of FXOs and LFO edge, I think we've determined the problem is that I keep dropping my right shoulder which pulls me off the edge.  So I made a determined effort to keep the left shoulder down also and to realllllly turn into the circle and that helped a lot.  Must remember this.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler, as usual.  About 13 skaters and 6-7 coaches, so kinda busy.

This is def. not my most productive ice time but I did spend a lot of time on power-3s, spins, edges and FXOs, as well as making myself do some mohawks.  Bleah.

Monday, March 20, 2017


Yay me! For finally getting my butt out of bed and making it to skate before work!  I skated the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  4 skaters and 3 coaches, so not bad at all.

I worked on a bunch of stuff - FXOs, BXOs (briefly), power-3s, spins, edges, circle-8, stroking.  I did work reasonably hard most of the session, but I'm a bit scattered.  I need to dig out my skating notebook and start making plans so I will know what to work on instead of figuring it out as I go.

I took a couple minutes at the beginning of the session to play my proposed free skate music for next year (I uploaded it to Rink Music over the weekend). It sounds pretty cool :-).

Thursday, March 16, 2017

FO8, Waltz-8, BI8

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Cafe.  I warmed up with edges and FO8.

Today's lesson:
  • FO8 -- still working on getting my muscle memory back -- bend knees, PUSH, sit back on the blade. Ugh.  And LEAN IN to the circle, especially when passing arms!
  • waltz-8 -- BO edge is better.  The step forward is improving, slightly.  3s are okay when I don't force them, but unfortunately that's 40% of the time :-(.  Still, we made some progress I think.
  •  BI8 -- just a couple of minutes on these.  Actually not that bad.  My push stinks so I'm not getting around (just 3/4 or so) but the position is okay.

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