Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Friday, December 15, 2017


My lesson with Holly on the 8:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert. I warmed up with some Bronze moves and a couple of waltz jumps.

Today's lesson:

  • waltz jump -- just a few.  Holly wants me to actually concentrate on doing a good one! :-)  Head up, good entrance, etc.
  • salchow -- actually, pretty good. I was pretty pleased.  Some work to keep the head up and get more lift, but not too shabby.
  • toe loop -- a fair amount of time on these.  Holly had me work to do them on the hockey circle so that I should pick and jump inside the circle.  Hmm.  Also working to have a stronger check after the 3, which does help.
All in all not too shabby.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Plugging Along

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Café.  Nice ice and just 2 skaters!  I scribed circles and warmed up with edges.

Today's lesson:

  • FO8 -- random layout.  First RFO still kind of large, and some other issues.  We did another layout and it was better so we moved on.
  • FI8 -- random layout.  Some small issues but generally okay.
  • waltz-8 -- About the same.  We took some time to work on the 3s as they were being a little problematic and I'm having issues holding the exit, which throws me off a bit subsequently.  We were able to make a good improvement in the 3s -- not so jumpy.  The trick is to come "up" but not too far up!  Still feel the ball of the foot/rocker pressing into the ice.  This helped a lot.
After my lesson I worked a bit on BO8 and serpentines.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Workin' It

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Cafe as usual.  I warmed up with edges and scribed my circles.

Today's lesson:
  • FO8 -- layout in a random place as usual.   First one was not so great, my push on the R foot was inadequate and I had poor flow.  We laid out another set and it was much better.
  • FI8 -- not bad.
  • waltz-8 -- about half the lesson on these.  Still working the same issues.  My 3s were kind of inconsistent today which is really frustrating as it tends to throw everything off.
All in all not bad.

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My lesson with Holly on the 8:15 FS this morning. I had my newly-sharpened blades today -- they were fine.  Unfortunately for me this session was co-opted to host a TV crew doing a promo for the upcoming holiday show, which meant lots of TV cameras and extra people and props on the ice. In other words it was not very productive.

Today's lesson:
  • waltz jump -- just a couple.  The first I broke at the waist a little bit so we did another one.
  • salchow -- ugh.  I'm just not doing a good job of holding the check after the turn.  Bleah.
  • toe loop -- also ugh.  I did one almost okay one at the end.
It was a very frustrating session.

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Friday, December 01, 2017

FXOs & Program Choreo

My lesson with Holly on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert.  I warmed up with Bronze Moves (all of them!) then ran my dramatic program.  I finished a couple of seconds late, toe loop was kinda wonky and spins were crappy -- but at least I did everything.  I realized afterward that I need to re-center this program since we had adjusted it for Autumn Antics (3/4 ice) and now I need to move it to the "right" so I have better ice coverage.

Today's lesson:

  • FXOs -- I asked to look at these as I'm still trying to improve them as far as quality and being able to do them at a faster tempo and more in a row.  Some improvement.  We also worked on the harder side to put the crossing foot down without having the toe turned out.  That worked but then I had to bend my knee even more to be able to still get an underpush.  So, some progress.
  • Free skate choreo -- we continued working on this . So far we have:
    • opening pose - hands in front of face, L hand on top, open fingers
    • RFI pivot
    • swizzle forward with hands
    • swizzle back into a back two-foot twizzly-thing
    • 5 CW BXOs around in a nautilus-shape
    • push back
    • waltz jump

All in all we're getting there.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Grinding Away

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Café as usual.  I scribed circles and warmed up with edges.

Today's lesson:

  • FO8 -- a layout in a random spot.   The first set had some issues (hey, no warmup).  A second set was better but still some issues with return to center (was diagonal).  A 3rd set was better and we moved on.
  • FI8 -- Urph.  Usually my best figure but the first set not so great (again a layout in a random spot).  Second set was better.
  • waltz-8 -- we moved to my scribed circles for these.  These were really inconsistent, unfortunately.  Still cutting into the circle pretty badly, and the step forward on the R side not so good. Left is better.  
After my lesson I worked some more on waltz-8 and then a couple of BO8s.  Not getting around the circle, I'm cutting in too much.

Looking back I feel like I am regressing on some of this stuff, which is discouraging.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Private Patch Ice

I skated the 8:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.   The website claimed I was the only one signed up, so I brought both pairs of skates; and when Squid got off the ice at the end of the 7:30 session, I had it all to myself so I worked on figures.  Yay!

Well, yay for time to work on figures. The ice was pretty horrid though, which is what you would expect after almost 3 hours of FS beforehand.   I spent over 20 minutes on FO8 and FI8 and had real issues with flow, I could not get all the way around most of the time.  Horrid ice or no, I should be able to do that.  Yuck.

After that I spent about 15 minutes on waltz-8.  It was not as bad as I was expecting; actually the step-forward was not that bad. I was kinda cutting into the circle too much on the BO edge though.

I spent the last few minutes on BO8, BI8 and a couple of 3s to center.  Pushes on the back circles were not so great though I had reasonable control on them other than that.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler as usual (though I will be skipping this session the next couple of weeks due to work constraints).

I went through the "odd" Bronze Moves (perimeter XOs, BXOs to BO edges, 5-step), and worked some specifically on FXOs to try to get better knee bend and a better cross.  Bleah.

After that I worked on jumps and spins. Other than the waltz jump they were all pretty awful.  Yuck.