Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler as usual.  This is the last time for this session 'til fall.  I am getting over a nasty cold so I was not horribly energetic nor productive.  I mostly worked on just feeling the ice and stroking, crossovers, and edges.  Bleah.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


My lesson with Holly on the Gilbert adult skate.  I was running late so a shorter warmup and lesson; also I was not feeling well so we kept it simple.

Today's lesson was just on the circle-8.  I'm still having a lot of problems getting a good enough push to consistently get around the circle, especially if the ice is not so great, and especially pushing onto the right foot.  So we worked a bunch on things that I'm familiar with from my patch lessons -- really bending into the push, sitting back on the blade, all those things I know I'm supposed to do.  We did make some progress, I think.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler as usual.  I will really miss this session when it's gone for the summer!

I spent 30 minutes working on Bronze Moves.  They are improving... that's the good news.  The bad news is that as I look at the "focus" for each move, the first three moves have "continuous flow and strength" -- a.k.a. power.  I'm too slow.  Way too slow.  Need to fix that.

I spent the last 15 minutes on jumps.  YAY ME, I managed a real salchow!  And a couple that were almost as good... and of course a large number that were crappy.  Oh well.  A little time on toe loop, not much to say there :-(.

Monday, May 15, 2017


I skated the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler for practice.  After missing this session for several weeks due to illness, late nights, and just laziness I got my butt in gear again.  Yay!

I spent the first half or so of the session running through Bronze Moves.  Bleah.  Okay most of it wasn't that bad, other than the power-3s.  5-step is a little rough still, but I think if I slow it down (tempo-wise) I can improve it actually.  Anyway I got through it which, for right now, is probably progress.

I spent the last half of the session working on jumps, and I also tried a few spins -- which were uniformly awful.  Salchow... not that bad.  Not as good as I did last week in lesson but I did land one almost on one foot, and another almost that good.  Tried some single toe loops which were not good; waltz-toe I didn't land on one foot :-(.

It takes me a long time to warm up on Mondays, presumably 'cause I've been off the ice since the previous Thursday.  Yuck.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Waltz-8; Serpentines

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice CafĂ©.  Just 3 skaters and nice ice :-).

I warmed up with edges, FO8, FI8, and some work on pushing harder.

Today's lesson:

  • waltz-8 -- almost the entire lesson.  Ugh! This rotten step forward, it's horrible.  Not that the rest of it is terrific, of course, but really... just very frustrating.  I don't feel like we really made any progress.
  • serpentines -- just about 3 minutes on these.  Push is still lacking and I was changing edge too early again.
I have got to find more practice time.  One hour a week just is not cutting it as I spend half my time just getting back to where I was the week before. Ugh.  I talked with Lynne about some possibilities but there seem to be only two, really -- 1) find another weekday lunchtime (this might be possible after May when I have to move my Wed. FS lesson to early morning) or 2) go old school and get up at crack o' dawn.  I'm not a morning person... we'll have to see.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bronze Moves, 3s, Salchow

My lesson with Holly on the Gilbert adult skate. Beyootiful ice and just me today!  What a treat :-)

I warmed up with Bronze Moves and worked on alternating 3s -- I still can't do these.  Ugh.

Today's lesson:

  • perimeter XOs -- wasn't too thrilled with the FXOs, but BXOs were not bad.  I need more speed though.
  • power-3s  -- bleah.  Pattern is good but everything else is pretty stinky.
  • BXOs to BO edges -- not too bad.  Needs more speed and still up on my toe a bit on the RBO.  I reminded Holly that the focus for these first 3 elements is "continuous flow and strength" which is USFSA's adult euphemism for "power". I need more power.
  • circle-8 -- better than in my warmup, but I still came up a little short on the RFI circle to LFI.  I need a better push!
  • 5-step mohawk -- somewhat better.  The change I made to the L side mohawk (pushing out more) really helps, but this is still really rough. Still, at this point it's not the worst move -- that's the power 3s.
  • 3s -- we worked just a bit on FO3s to try to get me to have more control.  As usual for me it's about taking my time and not rushing.  Urph.
  • salchow -- just a few minutes on these.  Took a few tries to get back to taking off in the right place.  After some more work, though, I actually managed a couple that were landed on one foot, so YAY ME! :-) We'll keep working.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017


I skated the 5:30 p.m. FS at Chandler as usual.  I warmed up with some stroking, then ran through the Bronze Moves test.  Meh.  It's a little nervewracking doing some of these moves on a busy freestyle session, but I managed.

After moves I had about 15 minutes so I worked on jumps. Salchow was (eventually) about the same -- take off was at the right time but landing on 2 feet.  Toe loop, I'm still not bringing it around.