Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Perseverance

I skated the 8:15 FS at Chandler this morning.  Originally I was going to have a lesson but Holly was sick, so no lesson.  I had just had my blades sharpened on Sunday so I mostly skated around to get used to them.  Nothing fancy just stroking and crossovers, a couple of spins and some circle-8.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Salchow & Toe Loop/Walley

My lesson with Holly on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert. Okay ice, just me, Q and Addy.

I warmed up with stroking, slaloms, a circle-8 and a spin.

Today's lesson:

  • footwork -- we took a couple of minutes to look at the beginning footwork from my dramatic program.  Holly had me add a chasse' before the swing roll/change of edge.  It's an extra push and it also makes it look a little more like something.
  • salchow  -- just a couple of minutes on these.  First ones were bad, then I got myself to hold the exit of the 3 and stretch the arm back and voila! Much better.
  • toe loop -- Holly wanted to look at changing the entrance to the toe loop to make it a toe walley**.  She felt this would help me improve the jump.  So instead of an RFI3 entry it's an LFO3 and a step to the R foot while the L leg swoops around behind.  The advantage of this for me is that it actually gets me to bring the whole L side around so the takeoff is not cheated.  We'll explore this more next week.
**I'm not convinced this is actually a toe walley, as AFAIK I'm still taking off the same, just a different entrance.  Anyway toe walley (not the same as a regular walley) is scored the same as a toe loop AFAIK so it's all good.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

FO8, FI8, BO8

My figures lesson with Danette on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  I warmed up with edges and scribed circles.

Today's lesson:

  • FO8 -- We worked these on my scribed circles and also laid them out.  My posture still needs work on these, and I'm still not reliably getting around the circle.  I just don't know what to think about that.  
  • FI8 -- similar to FO8, worked on the scribed circles and a layout.  These are much better than FO8.
  • BO8 -- we just worked these on the scribed circles.  I still need to work more on standing up straight, especially on the RBO.  My posture is so much better on the LBO than the RBO!  On the LBO I stand up fairly straight and have good control.  On the RBO I tend to break at the waist and the free leg comes out into a "landing position" that really doesn't look like a good position.  And of course I still need to look into the circle and keep the free leg in front.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Edges & Step Forward

My figures lesson with Danette on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  Ice was not so great.

I warmed up with forward edges -- we started a little early.

Today's lesson:

  • B edges -- just a couple minutes on these.  In general not to bad but I still need to be more consistent with good posture -- stand up straight but still bend the knee :-)
  • step forward -- we worked on these since they're on the waltz-8 and always a problem.   Danette had me push to the BO edge for one lobe then step forward on the same circle (LBO was weird as I'm not used to pushing from a standing start on these).  I need to lean back into the circle more!  I need to work on these more.  Ugh.  RBO was a little better.  We also worked them on the boards -- skate on a back flat and step forward to FO.  Eeep.
Like so many things in my life right now, I feel like I am stuck because I am not getting enough ice time. Urph!


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Footwork, Toe Loop, Spins

My lesson with Holly on the 8:15 a.m. FS at Gilbert.  I warmed up with stroking.  The ice was not so great.  Just me, Q and Addy.

Today's lesson:

  • footwork -- we worked some more on the swing-roll/change of edge, and went on to doing serpentines down the line to work on the change of edge (FOI and FIO both).  Holly wants me to work on this more, with small lobes but a good push.
  • toe loop -- we worked on these down the line, as we had before.  Trying to send the RFI out to the side (more curve) and cross the line before picking in.  I had a couple of good ones (still cheated though).
  • spins -- just a few at the end.  Holly reminded me to lift that free side up.  Ugh.  No good ones for me today.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Footwork

My lesson with Holly on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert.  I warmed up with stroking.  I had not skated freestyle since Autumn Antics so it took me a while to warm up.

Today's lesson (after a competition debrief) was focused on the footwork in my dramatic program.  We touched on most of it and worked especially on the swing roll/change of edge and also the alternating FXOs.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Waltz-8

My figures lesson with Danette on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  I warmed up with forward edges and then scribed circles.

Today's lesson:

  • B edges -- just a couple of minutes on these since I had not done them in warmup.   BO were pretty nice.  BI was better than it has been -- better pushes.
  • waltz-8 -- most of our time on these.  We started by working FO3s on the wall.  They are not consistent.  Ugh.  Then we went to my scribed circles and worked there.  Still need better control (better check) after the 3.  Danette had me work to be sure I'm not helicoptering my arms into the turn as it makes it much harder to control.  Also some work on the step forward.  Mostly the same issues -- on the L side I tend to be leaning forward on the RBO. The R side is better but I still need to turn another 40 degrees or so to stay on the circle.
All in all not too bad considering how long it's been since we worked on the waltz-8.

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Edges & Transitions

My figures lesson with Danette on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  Ice was not so great.

I warmed up with forward edges; we started a little early.

Today's lesson:

  • B edges -- just a few minutes on these.  In general they were okay.
  • step forward -- we worked a bit on the step forward from the waltz-8.  Danette had me do a BO edge for one lobe then step forward on the same circle.  The LBO was more challenging (also, I'm not used to pushing onto an LBO from standing start!).  I need to lean back into the circle more and my body doesn't want to!  Urph.  The RBO is somewhat better.  We also worked these on the boards a bit.

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