Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Preliminary Test

My figures lesson with Lynne on the Chandler Ice Cafe.

I am still getting over a cold so I have been off the ice since my return from NWP Regionals... but I figured ( :-) ) I would be okay with some patching.  I had fixed my scribe also!

Today's lesson started pretty much right when I got on the ice w/no warmup.

Today's lesson:

  • edges -- pretty good.  BI first lobe still a bit weak, but overall I'd say passable.
  • FO8 -- pretty good although for some reason my circles were a little small.
  • FI8  -- decent.  We spent a little time trying to make my push for the LFI match the RFI one -- as it is the RFI ones are nicely placed but the LFI ones are too far out, i.e. I'm widestepping a bit. Not too hard to correct if I am actually paying attention...
  • waltz-8 -- what can one say? About the same.  After we went through it we spent some time breaking down the step forward.  I watched Lynne do it once and noticed that she really keeps her hands/arms close immediately before & after the step forward.  So I ran just the step forward and was actually able to improve it a lot... so then we ran it with the turn before it and whammo... Clearly part of the problem is that I don't check the 3 very well and so I'm still fixing my position when I push to the BO edge, which doesn't set me up well for success.  So there's more to fix here, really.
All in all good progress; at least I know more what's going on. 

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Preliminary Test

My figures lesson with Lynne at the Chandler Ice Café.  My scribe needs some maintenance so I did not have it today.

Today's lesson:
  • edges -- FO, FI not bad.  BO was pretty good. BI was not that bad; we spent some time working on the first push; trying to get a bigger first lobe with a better edge.  Some improvement.
  • FO8 -- a little uncontrolled at the start but not bad.
  • FI8 -- for some reason I got confused on my LFI circle and it was waaaay too small.  Oh well.
  • waltz-8 -- eh.  About the same.
After our lesson I worked on 3s to center and BO8.  I love BO8!

I really am going to have to find some time when I can practice figures; I'm just not getting enough time and the Ice Café is both a) pricey and b) too far from work to be practical more than once a week.  

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Duet Practice

After my lesson, Melissa and I skated the 8:15 a.m. FS at Gilbert for duet practice.

It's coming along well.  We ran it with music 3 or 4 times and spent a bunch of time working on some difficult areas; we also worked out some additional business for some "dead" areas that we had.  I tried out the hat I'd bought with Olivia on Saturday, and it worked great!  No problems staying on, I actually forgot I was wearing it for a while.

I'm feeling pretty confident about this program.  We have to work it to get more comfortable, but already we are getting faster and more into the program.

Bronze Moves

My lesson with JJ on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert.  During my warmup I worked on circle-8 and perimeter crossovers/stroking.

Today's lesson:

  • power-3s -- these are getting better.  We worked more on the R side where I have tended to get "stuck" on the back choctaw to start the new turn.  JJ had me hold the stick (ugh I hate the stick!) to get me to really rotate the body for the turn.  It did help a lot.  We made some good progress though, I think.
  • 5-step mohawk -- these continue to improve though they are darn slow...  JJ pointed out that my RFI mohawk and my LFI mohawk look entirely different... it's true.  I tend to hop the R one but not the left.   I really think I just need a LOT more practice and it will get better though.
All in all not a bad lesson.  JJ really thinks I should get a critique and then test sooner rather than later.  I think he thinks I'm aiming for a higher standard than what's really needed to pass.  He may be right, but I also know that with test nerves I have to be somewhat better than I am now so that I can be nervous and still pass.  We'll see. I do think he's right about the critique though -- maybe after Autumn Antics.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Spin Progress!

My spins lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  Unfortunately I was running late due to an early morning errand and didn't get there until 7:45.  Grr.

Today's lesson:

  • standing start -- some good progress here.  I actually got a nice 3-rev spin and several 2-rev spins.  The two things that seemed to help are 1) really trying to just relax and 2) thinking about bringing the knee up and in.
  • windup -- again good progress here, including one really nice 3-rev spin.  Pretty much the same stuff applies as from the standing start.  Hmmph.
All in all good progress but still very very inconsistent.  Grrr.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Duet Choreo!

Melissa and I met on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert to work with Coach Olivia on the duet choreography.  We pretty much finished it up (phew!) although there are a couple of places where there may be a small gap. Still we have a strong foundation and a lot to work on ... costumes are coming along nicely also.  Just lots and lots of practice!


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Duet Choreo!

Melissa and I worked on our Autumn Antics duet choreography at Gilbert adult skate today with Coach Olivia.

This is coming along well.  We alllmost made it through to the end although there are still some gaps here and there I think.  It's very high energy and upbeat which is kinda tiring!  But if we can manage to really execute I think it will be terrific and definitely a step up from last year.  Lots to do!

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Spins

My spins lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  This was a 20 minute lesson (the new norm).

Before my lesson I had a good 30 minutes to work so I spent it on Bronze moves.  I worked on all of them except the 5-step mohawk.  The good news on the power-3s is that I am now more-or-less able to do an entire pattern.  The bad news is that the 3s are not placed well... yet.  Still, it feels like progress to me.

Today's lesson:
  • standing start -- my entrance is getting more consistent, which is nice.   On those rare occasions I'm able to relax a bit and take my time I can get a 2 rev spin before I bail.  Biggest problems now are trying to remember to open the arms, and really getting over the L side.
  • windup -- some progress here.  Toward the end of the lesson I actually managed a really nicely centered 2-rev spin!  I was pretty happy with that.  I'm very inconsistent though.  Urph.
I have some extra time next week (had to cancel my figures lesson yesterday due to work commitments) so we're planning some off-ice spinner training for the end of the week.  I guess I'd better go find my spinner!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Duet Choreo!

Today we started choreography for our duet for Autumn Antics.  My friend Coach Olivia is choreographing us and since I had the day off we got started on the adult skate at Gilbert.

We worked for an hour and 15 minutes and got about halfway through... *phew* there's a lot of stuff here!  I think Melissa and I both agreed that it's a lot of work but we feel like once we get all this stuff down we will really have an awesome program.

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Moves

My lesson with JJ on the 10 a.m. FS at Gilbert.  I had the day off today so I moved my lesson to today.

Today's lesson:

  • perimeter stroking -- this is actually looking a lot better.  JJ reminded me not to do too many BXOs in the end pattern.  I actually managed to run through it more-or-less correctly once without stopping and then we worked a bunch of small issues.  I mostly just need lots more practice so I'll be more confident.
  • BXOs to BO edges -- we worked on getting the RBO to go more diagonal/down ice (the LBO is fine).  I guess the summary on that is that I need to bring the L leg back and hold it, not let it rotate me around so that I curve so much.  I've fixed most of the other stuff on this move and fixing the RBO also fixes the issue of me not coming out to the center enough.
  • 5-step mohawk -- this is actually coming along, finally.  The R side is pretty good (for me), JJ pointed out I need to hold the 4th and (esp.) 5th step longer so that I get all the way back to the long axis.  The L side mohawk itself is kinda sucky but if I remember to keep my head up it's better.
I'm realizing one of the things that I am most missing on this is running the whole test from beginning to end without stopping.  I need to start doing that in my practices.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

My spin lesson with Lynne on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  As usual for this session it was just me, Cameron and Jaclyn (and coach Tammi).  We were delayed by 15 minutes as the ice was so bad (fog, bumps) that the skating director (Lord bless her!) told them to Zam it again before she'd let us on.  That helped a lot but it was still quite foggy and raining in the rink.

I warmed up with moves, then we started our lesson:
  • standing start -- mmph.  I don't think I got more than 1.5 revs the whole time.  I just could not get over my L side.
  • windup -- not any better.  Yuck.

A very very frustrating lesson (my glasses were fogged up halfway through so I couldn't see).  I feel like I'm just not getting anywhere and I don't know what to do.  More of the same just does not seem to be cutting it.  I've worked with, what, 5 different coaches on these over the years?  I have been skating for 11 years and I can't spin worth a damn and practically everyone, even adults I know who have been skating for just a few months, can spin much, much better than me.  It's so frustrating.

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