Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

BO Edge, 5-Step, Spins, Jumps

My lesson with Holly on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert.  Busy session (Cactus Classic starts tomorrow)!

I warmed up with perimeter XOs, BXOs to BO edges, 5-step mohawk and a couple of spins and jumps.

Today's lesson:

  • BO edges -- more work on these on the circle, trying to get me to sit back and stand up straight. Between Holly and Danette I'm spending a lot of time on these.  Since some of the feedback from my test (geez, it was 3 years ago!) was that I didn't look comfortable on my back edges, I really need to fix this.
  • 5-step mohawk -- we ran through these a couple of times. Still kind of rough which is vexing.
  • spins -- we worked the exercise, then did some from windup.  About the same. Still need to stand up straighter and not look down.
  • jumps -- a few waltz jumps - okay, but I need to check better as I don't feel I can hold that landing position well.  Salchows... one that was almost okay and a few that were not.  Toe loop -- still very much a toe waltz.  Ugh.
No lesson next week as I'm traveling.  Ugh.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018


I skated the 5:15 FS at Chandler as usual.  Somewhat busy since Cactus will be starting Thursday.  Ice was better than at lunchtime, yay.

I ran through the "odd" Bronze moves, then spent some more time on BO edge.  Then some time on spins, the exercise and from windup.  I got one that was nice.  Lastly a few quick jumps.  All in all not the best practice, I was a bit tired and out of sorts. Ugh.


My figures lesson with Danette on the 11:45 adult FS at Chandler.  Humidity is way high this week (monsoon season) and the ice was foggy and very bumpy :-(.  Pretty crappy, really.  7 skaters and 3 coaches.

I warmed up with edges, FO8 and FI8 and scribed circles.

Today's lesson:

  • competition -- we had a brief discussion about the upcoming competition and what figures I might compete.
  • BO8 -- some work on this to try to be more consistent on form, especially bringing free foot in front.  R side is not hard but L side is a real challenge. I think I was being sloppy (-er) there.
  • BI8 -- form is actually better on these but more of a challenge in other ways.  Ugh.
We will make up our minds on what figures to do after my next lesson (which isn't 'til 7/25).

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Friday, July 06, 2018

BO Edge & Spins

My lesson with Holly on the 8:15 FS at Gilbert.  Today was "80s Day" (I didn't get the memo!) and it was very fun to see everyone dressed up :-)

I warmed up with stroking, perimeter XOs, BXOs to BO edges and 5-step mohawk.  Then I spent some more time on 5-step around the circle.

Today's lesson:

  • BO edge -- I was complaining that when I do the 5-step I'm dragging my toepick on the BO edge.  I seem to recall I got called on this when I tested.  So we worked on just holding a BO edge around the circle.  I tend to pitch forward a bit and that's a large part of the problem, as far as I can tell.  So we worked on it around the circle and then also doing the 5-step around the circle.
  • spins -- just from the windup, just a few minutes.  I got one that was pretty nice, but in general I'm having trouble bringing my free leg in and bringing my arms in to my chest (they tend to go to low).  Urph.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018


I skated the 10:45 a.m. FS at Chandler since I had the day off.  There were about 10 of us, it was a fun session.

I spent about 25 minutes on Bronze Moves, with some extra time on FXOs, the RFO in the circle-8, and 5-step mohawk BO edge.

After that I warmed up jumps, and then ran my showcase dramatic program ("Years").  Yow!  Actually not that bad considering I had let it sit for 3.5 months.  I forgot the side toe hop, and I didn't do the bunny hop (I had warmed it up tho).  Other than that was not that bad, actually.

After that I did some spins. Nothing great.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018


I skated the 5:15 p.m. FS at Chandler as usual.  Nice session, just 6 skaters and 3 coaches.

As usual  I spent about 30 minutes on moves -- I ran all the Bronze Moves, then spent some time working on the BO edge in the 5-step mohawk; I was able to make it smoother when doing the 5-step around a hockey circle, not sure that will "stick" though.  Next I worked on FXOs some more to remind myself that I can do good ones if I try :-).

Next I worked on spins for 10 minutes, mostly working on the spin exercise and spins from the windup.  I got a couple that were about 2 revs but no really good ones.  Then a little time on the backspin exercise.  Eeep.  This is not getting much easier and I'm only getting around like half a rev, I think.  Yuck.

Last 5 minutes on jumps; a couple of okay waltz jumps, some salchows (one good one; fell on landing another, rest were meh) and some toe loops (bleah).

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Preliminary Test

My figures lesson with Danette on the Chandler adult FS.  So-so ice but only 3 skaters.  I warmed up with edges and FO8/FI8, then scribed circles and worked on 3s.

Today's lesson:

  • FO8 -- just a couple of runthroughs and then we checked my circles with the scribe.  They were pretty good on the left foot, but on the right side I didn't quite fill out the circle.  Good tracings and reasonably good pushes though (lined up well).
  • FI8 -- again a couple of runthroughs.  Not bad although I had some issues for some reason where I was too far forward on my blade and we discussed how to (and how not to) go about fixing that if it happens.  Not bad.
  • waltz-8 -- just like 5 minutes on these.  Danette has me working to try to get a better rhythm on the BO edge so that I prep the step forward better.  Hmm.
No lesson this week.  Sherwood competition is coming up soon!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018


I skated the 5:15 FS at Chandler for practice, as usual.  This session is a bit different from the old 5:30 session from the spring, today there was a gaggle of about 4 girls I'd never seen who were not in lesson and who talked a lot and were not really focused.  And, they got in my way several times. Grrr.

I warmed up with Bronze Moves as usual, then some time on RFO3s from power 3; more circle-8, and some FXOs.

After that I went on to work on spins, starting with my spin exercise, then some spins from the windup, and then the backspin exercise. I did get a couple spins that were relatively okay.

I finished up with about 5 minutes worth of jumps.  Waltz jumps (not bad), salchow (mostly bad) and some toe loops (all bad).  I worked a little on trying to get the toe loop to come all the way around... geez.