Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

3s & Spins

My lesson with Holly on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert.  Nice ice and just me and Q!

I warmed up with stroking, slaloms, circle-8, perimeter XOs and BXOs to BO edges.  I finally felt like I had good speed and flow on the latter.  It was nice!

Today's lesson:

  • 3s -- a good chunk of time on these.  We worked these on the crease, mostly the RFO3.  Ugh!  They are so horrible.  Again, when Holly holds my hand I can do nice ones.. and when she's not, not.  Grr.  
  • Spins -- just a few minutes on these.  I got a couple of okay ones.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

3s & BO8

My lesson with Danette on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  I was supposed to have a lesson yesterday but I didn't sleep well at all (upset stomach) so I cancelled and slept late.  Fortunately Danette had some time (15 min) on the 7:30 a.m. this morning so I was able to get some time in.  This session was kinda crowded (12 skaters), most of whom were working on their TOI program.

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

Today's lesson:

  • 3s -- just 6 minutes or so on these.  We worked on them with me holding the hockey stick.  Ugh.  Not much progress, they're pretty stinky still.
  • BO8 -- We used the hockey stick on these as well... some real progress in getting better control, especially at the beginning of the circle.  We'll need to work on this some more.
No lesson next week, alas.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019


I skated the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert for FS practice.  I was supposed to have a lesson with Holly but there was a miscommunication and it didn't happen.  Nice ice, 4 skaters.

I spent most of my time working through Bronze moves.  Really, I feel most of them are in good shape except for the darn power-3s.  We really need to focus on these to improve my 3s -- actually they need work both in patch and freestyle.

I also did a waltz jump and a few spins.  I got one spin that was decent.  Yay!

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Competition Prep

My figures lesson with Danette on the 6:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  Good ice. A bit crowded, but other than me and Adeline (and Naomi working on  her senior MIF!) everyone else was in theater on ice practice so I worked down on the end where the curtain would be.

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

Today's lesson:

  • FO8 -- Danette had me run these on the scribed circle once to get a feel for it, then we did a layout.  It was mostly okay.  She told me to tuck my free foot behind me before the push -- I'd never thought of it that way before, and it just clicked!  So my pushes are a lot closer together now than they used to be, so yay.  
  • FI8 -- same; on the scribed circle and then off.  Better, as the FI usually is.
  • BO8 -- we worked these on the scribed circles.  Danette had me hold a hockey stick (she held it also).  Wow.  This really showed me how much difficulty I have holding the position on the LBO with the free foot in front.  I struggle to hold the hip up and keep the thighs together.  Eeep!  This was very instructive.

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Thursday, July 04, 2019

Patch Perseverance

I skated the 12:30 adult freeskate at Chandler for patch practice. I warmed up with edges, then worked on BO8 for a while.  After that I ran through FO8 and FI8, then more time on BO8.  The first push is much improved, but my return to center is not so great.  I have a lot of work to do to be ready for the Sherwood competition in 6 weeks!


I skated the 10:45 a.m. FS at Chandler for practice, since I had the day off.  Okay ice and about 8 skaters.

I warmed up with stroking and slaloms, then worked through perimeter XOs and BXOs to BO edges.  After that I worked some on 3s, trying to make myself hold the entry edge longer.

After some time on that I worked on circle-8, then some more time on 3s.  Not much program.  Urph.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


My figures lesson with Danette on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Chandler.  It was kinda crowded so I didn't draw any circles... I warmed up with edges, FO8, FI8 and then I worked on some exercises Danette had given me.

Today's lesson:
  • B edge position -- more work on the back edge body position, working to stand straight, look where I'm going and hold that free foot in front and knees/thighs together.  We worked this on the wall and then on the hockey circle.  The R side is not bad at all but the L side is quite a challenge..
  • BO8 -- a layout in a random spot on the ice.  Better than I expected but I really need to keep focused, especially on the pushes, to be sure I'm pushing strongly but still have good posture/position.  Eeep.
We decided for Sherwood I'll do FO8, FI8 and BO8.  

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

BXOs & 3s

My lesson with Holly on the 7:30 a.m. FS at Gilbert.  Private ice!  I warmed up with stroking, slaloms, circle-8 and perimeter XOs.

Today's lesson:

  • BXOs to BO edges -- we ran this move and it was better than last week.  Then we worked a bit on the CCW BXOs as they are kinda scratchy/scrapey and lacking power.  Mmph.  I really need to settle back on the blade more.
  • 3s -- just working to get the RFO3 more confident and get me to hold the entrance and exit.  Holly held my hand and we put the 3 at the center of the lobe and then I did the rest of a power-3 (but not the back choctaw!).
  • spins -- just a couple of minutes on these. They were not good :-(.
No lessons next week as everyone's on vacation (except me).

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