Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Friday, August 07, 2020

Spins & Moves

 My lesson with Holly on the Gilbert adult skate.  We started late so I had a shorter lesson than usual.

Nice ice, 8 skaters.  I warmed up with stroking and some moves.

Today's lesson:

  • spins -- first one not so great, but they were better afterward.
  • perimeter XOs -- okay.
  • power-3s -- okay.  Some of my RFO3s were okay and others not so good, so, lacking in consistency.  I need to remember to bring that free knee in/up on the turn so it doesn't look so swingy.
  • BXOs to BO edges -- Holly wants the lobes to be curvier, so that means pushing out straighter (parallel to long axis of rink) and letting it curve around more. I think this is more on the RBO than the LBO.  It will also help my pattern be a little better (it's not bad though).
  • circle-8 -- still not getting around the circle on these.  Ugh.

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Thursday, August 06, 2020

Edges & BI8

 My figures lesson with Danette on the Chandler Ice Cafe.  I had just enough time to scribe circles before we started.

Today's lesson:

  • edges -- FO not so great, we repeated them 3x.  FI were fine.  On the B edges Danette had me change my arm position for the initial push -- instead of having them straight out on either side, the R arm is straight out in front of me, then I swing it back w/my push.  This did help me to have a somewhat stronger push and Danette says that's how they all did it back in the day.  We wound up working on the BI edges for a while as I still need to get my heel out on the R foot a bit more when I start.
  • BI8 -- since we were already working on the BI edges, we worked on this for a while.  I used to be able to make it around the circle, but not anymore :-(.  Grrr.


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Tuesday, August 04, 2020


I skated the Chandler Ice Cafe for freestyle practice.  Nice ice, 10 skaters including my usual adult homies and some younger ones too.

I worked mostly on stroking and crossovers, and then BXOs to BO edges and 5-step mohawk.  Finished off with some spins.  About half were pretty good and the other half not so great (but still better than a year ago!).

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Edges, FO8, FI8

My figures lesson with Danette on the Chandler adult FS.  I had a few minutes to warm up and scribe circles.

Today's lesson:
  • edges -- as usual.  Still having some issues with my LFO.  Everything else was pretty good.
  • FO8 -- Meh. We worked a bit on the LFO and posture in general. 
  • FI8 -- just a little time on these.  Need to be more consistent on upper body position and 're-setting' every time I start a circle.
I had a few minutes after my lesson so I worked a little on serpentines and BI8.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020


I skated the Chandler adult skate today.  Okay ice and just seven skaters.

After warming up I ran Bronze Moves.  Mostly okay.  My CW XOs were better! I bent my knees more and pushed into a bit more.  Yay!  Circle-8... just not happening now.  Geez.  They used to be so good!

After that I worked on spins a bit -- actually not bad.  Mostly pretty good, just a couple duds.  Then a couple of waltz jumps.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Edges, FO8, BO8

My figures lesson with Danette on the Chandler adult freestyle.  I had first lesson, and since it was crowded I left right after my lesson.

Today's lesson:
  • edges -- Still having some issues with the LFO -- getting on a flat.  Urgh.  The rest were okay.
  • FO8 -- mostly okay except, again, for the LFO.
  • BO8 -- Danette had me hold the stick to help me control my upper body.  The LBO is really stinky!  RBO is not bad at all.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Patch Perseverance

I skated the Chandler adult FS for patch practice.  Only a half hour, as I was running late due to work.  Ice was really bumpy!  Not happy.  Just six skaters, so that was nice.

I warmed up with edges, then did FO8, FI8 and waltz-8.  Some quality time on waltz-8.  Most of the 3s were ucky but I did a very nice LFO3 which was only slightly skidded.  

Finished off with some work on the BO8.  Still having issues with LBO circle too small/cutting in.  Urph.