Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Monday, November 17, 2014


My spins lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.

Before my lesson I ran through the Bronze moves test.  It's getting better though I didn't quite make it through the RFO power-3s.  Grrr.

Today's lesson:

  • standing start -- this was 18 of our 20 minutes :-).  After quite a while I finally got several that were really quite good, including one pretty nice 3-rev spin.  So I continued in hopes of locking in some muscle memory but they got somewhat worse after that.  I am getting a feel for what it feels like to be in the right position, but too often I rush it and force the spin.  Still I thought we made some good progress.
  • windup -- just time for 3 or 4 of these.  The entrance looks really nice and and I'm actually doing a reasonable good job of it but not coming over the L side so my spin goes nowhere.  Grrr.
After my lesson I had a few minutes so I worked on moves some more.  Urph.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014


My spins lesson with Lynne on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert.

Today's lesson:

  • standing start -- these were about the same, though I got a couple that were not bad.
  • windup -- I got a couple that were almost okay. I have all the pieces, I just have trouble getting them all to show up at the same time!! Grrr.  I was doing better at relaxing though so that's a positive.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

3s, Step Forward

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Cafe.

I warmed up with edges, then we started our lesson.  We continued working on the elements in the waltz-8.

Today's lesson:

  • 3s -- we worked these more on the semicircle by the hockey box, then on my scribed circles.  The chief things we worked to fix were to keep the free leg close before, during and after the turn, and to work on keeping the hands/arms down and close and to move them through, not helicoptered.  We took some video so I could see what I'm doing and sure enough it wasn't at all what I thought for the most part.  So we made some progress.  The weakest part now is definitely the check though.  Grrr.
  • step forward -- we finished up with just a couple of minutes on these.  As I expected they are not so bad in isolation -- so the setup I'm getting from the 3 is a large part of the problem.
No lesson next week unfortunately but we'll be back at it in 2 weeks.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Last Duet Practice

Melissa and I met up with Coach Olivia on the Gilbert adult skate for our last duet practice before Autumn Antics.  We ran the program 5 or 6 times and worked out a bunch of small things.  In general I think we both feel pretty well prepared and that we are good to go.  It's been a lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to Sunday's skate.

After our practice I had 15 minutes or so to run my light program with props.  I ran it twice.  It's in good shape, I think.  First time was fine except for a couple of minor adjustments to make on positioning.  Main thing (as with the duet) is to sell it!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Patch Practice

No lesson with Lynne today, so I just had time to practice.  I worked extensively on my 3s and also some time on the step forward, serpentines and FO8/FI8.  It was kind of nice to have a chance to just practice since I've not found a good time for patch practice in general.

Bronze Moves

My lesson with JJ on the 7:30 FS at Gilbert.

Today's lesson:

  • 5-step mohawk -- the L side is still weak.  We made some progress on getting me to stand up straighter on the mohawk and a little progress on making the steps more even.  The R side mohawk is still horrible though.
  • power-3s -- we focused on the nasty R side.  I was actually able to do them without  Le Stic!  They are rough and the pattern is horrible... but I did them.  Yay me!
  • circle-8 -- I just did it once (we were out of time) and it was actually really good. Yay!
After my lesson I finished out the session (we had started at 7:30) by running the other test items I had not run -- BXOs to BO edges (okay!), perimeter XOs (okay!) and the L side of the power-3s (getting better).  Yay!

I stayed and skated the 8:15 session and worked on my light program for Sunday.  It's pretty decent. I also worked on spins for a while -- they were pretty awful.  Grrr.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Duet Practice

Melissa and I met up with Coach Olivia on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert to work on our duet for Sunday's competition.

We had a pretty good practice!  We ran through it a number of times (we had full costume) and tweaked a few small things but in general I think we're in good shape.   Mostly we worked on making things BIGGER and more expressive, and also some small timing things.  I feel like we're in pretty good shape.  We have one more practice left, on Thursday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3s & Step Forward

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Cafe.  We had a 30 minute lesson as we had some extra lesson time due to cancellations etc.

For today's lesson I told Lynne I wanted to break down the problem areas of the waltz-8 and work on them... so we did.

Today's lesson:

  • 3s - we spent the bulk of our time on these, working first on the small half-circle by the hockey boxes and then on the bigger circle.  Too much of the time my 3s are slow in tempo ; and my check is lacking.  Made some small progress on getting me to lean into the edge more going into the turn, and I had some that were decent.  It's just a lot harder to really get that edge in my patch blades I think.  Also trying to keep the free leg close all the time and not let it pop out on me after the turn... ugh.
  • step forward -- we spent the last few minutes on these.  Some improvement.
All in all some good work but I really just need a lot more time to practice.  After my lesson I spent the remaining few minutes on BO8 and serpentines.

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RFO Power 3s

My lesson with JJ on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert.

Today's lesson was just the RFO3 side of the Bronze power-3s.  JJ was shocked because I actually ASKED him to bring Le Stick. (Le Stic? lol). So we spent our whole lesson working through the right side of the power-3s.

I realized a little ways into this that part of my issue is that I would finish the BXO and then pause on the LBI before stepping forward -- which is where I would get stuck.  So part of the solution is to slow down the BXO and then immediately step forward to the RFO.  This actually worked!  I worked through it two or 3 times.  The lobes are really shallow and the 3s are way early... but they happened.  So that's real progress.  Much more work to do but I'm feeling more optimistic about this.

I talked with JJ about our status of these moves.  The plan for now is to try to get a critique of my moves in December sometime, and then if that's okay we'll work on testing in January.  Then I will have to throw my free skate back together in time for MidWinter. Eeep!

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