Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Friday, April 29, 2016


My power lesson with Holly on the Gilbert adult skate, as usual.  I warmed up with stroking and some BXOs and power-3s.

Today's lesson:

  • stroking -- of course.  2 laps.
  • slaloms -- forward and back.  Ugh. 
  • cross strokes -- well, sort of. Forward and back about 2 laps of each (well, more on the back ones).  Holly held my hands on the back ones.  The step itself is okay on the forward ones but the edge doesn't curve around like Holly's does.  And the back -- Holly held my hands the whole time.  They did get better though.  After this I voluntarily did a lap and a half of stroking as I thought we were done... but not quite...
  • BXOs -- Holly wanted to see if the cross strokes helped these, so I did a couple of circles of CW BXOs.  They actually weren't bad but of course that's my easier side.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Preliminary Test & Serpentines

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Café.  I had a very brief warmup (FO/FI edges) then scribed circles and we started.

Today's lesson:

  • BO edges -- pretty good.
  • BI edges -- not bad.  Lynne said my initial stepdown was much improved.
  • FO8 -- pretty good, although the first RFO was really large (fixed it subsequently) and the LFOs were all really large fore some reason.
  • FI8 -- Really pretty good.
  • waltz-8 -- turns were better.  BO edge was better.  Step forward was not as good as it was last week, but improved.  Still struggling to lean back into the circle and really be on that FO edge.
  • serpentines -- I ran through both sides.  I'm consistently about a quarter circle short of making it the 1.5 circles though, and the transitions are a little rough.  The FIO is a bit early and I need to keep my legs/feet closer together.  On the FOI I need to work on  extending the free foot before the transition and not rocking back and forth on the blade so much on the transition.
After my lesson I just had a couple of minutes so I worked more on the FOI change of edge.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spins, 3s, Mohawks

My lesson with JJ on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert as usual.  I warmed up with stroking and spins, and some perimeter XOs.

Today's lesson:

  • spins -- about 10 minutes on these.  JJ says I keep thinking I'm in the wrong position after the hook, and I'm not.  I just need to saddle up and stick with it.  Grrr.
  • 3s -- we reviewed the feedback on my power 3s from my test last year.  We worked an exercise where I did a 3 (we mostly worked on RFO3) then stepped forward and came around on the same circle and did another, holding the entrance longer.  We made some good progress on this (I need to practice this!!), I was able to hold the entrance much longer and was able to keep the free leg in better.  Still much more to do.
  • mohawks -- just a few minutes on these at the end.  I can do a nice one (we just worked on RFI so I was cheating, I guess :-) ) when I try.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler as usual. 

I didn't work on any jumps this session.  I spent the first part of the session working on spins, then I went on to work on problem points in my various Moves.  So I worked on 3s, I worked on FXOs, I worked mohawks.  Nothing backward, as this session is pretty crowded and I didn't feel like trying to dodge people.

All in all just an okay skate, although I think I saw some improvement on my mohawks.  We'll see tomorrow.

Friday, April 22, 2016


My power lesson with Holly on the Gilbert adult skate.  I warmed up with stroking, spins, slaloms and a couple of Bronze moves.

Today's lesson:

  • stroking -- as usual.
  • perimeter BXOs -- not the Bronze move, just the warmup like the kids do.  Just one lap.
  • lunges -- one lap of lunges, followed by another lap of stroking.
  • slaloms -- 2 laps! ugh, my quads were killing me.
  • mohawks -- down the line, alternating.  I'm really amused how much Holly and JJ are in sync on this stuff, when they don't even talk to each other!  Anyway the point of this mostly was to do the change of direction from one side to the other.  They were kinda stinky but did improve.
  • twizzly thing -- I had kind of forgotten how these went, in particular that I needed to bring my outside shoulder around to make them happen.  We went up and down the line like 4 times.  Ugh.

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Spins, 5-Step Mohawk

My lesson with JJ on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert.  This was a makeup lesson for last week due to my schedule being crazy then.

I warmed up with some Bronze moves and then some spins.

Today's lesson:

  • spins -- from a standing start.  I did a couple that were okay.  I don't know what to say about these other than that my summary/translation is that I need to relax and not force things, and then do the other things I already know I'm supposed to do.
  • 5-step mohawk -- urph.  After running these once we concentrated on the LFI mohawk since it's the worst.  Working on having more control and opening the hip more.  I can do a really great one on the wall!  But on the ice, not so much.  

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Patch Perseverance

I skated the Chandler Ice Café today for patch practice (no lesson today).

I had a decent skate.  I warmed up with edges, then ran through FO8 and FI8 and then spent the biggest chunk of my time on waltz-8.  Not so great at first but I actually made some good progress! Doing a much better job of holding the circle on the BO edge and steps-forward were much closer to being on the circle.  I was stoked! We'll see whether it sticks or not.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spins, Moves

My lesson with JJ on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert. I warmed up with the first 4 Bronze Moves.

Today's lesson:

  • spins -- both standing start and windup.  JJ told me to think about the back of the blade continuing around after the 3 and this did seem to help.  I did get a couple that were kind of okay.
  • edges -- we worked just a bit on skating deep FI edges.  I need to bend my knees more and get into a better rhythm.
  • backspin prep -- we worked on doing an FI3 and toe-tap (similar to the chainé turns in my dramatic).  Meh.
  • perimeter XOs -- I ran this and then we worked a bit on the crossovers, esp. the BXOs.  JJ said right now I should probably focus more on getting more power and a better push and leave worrying about the scratchiness to later.  He has a point...

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