Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Jumps & FO3s

 My lesson with Holly on the Gilbert 8:45 a.m. FS.  Ice was meh.... private ice though.  I warmed up with stroking, perimeter XOs, BXOs to BO edges and circle-8, then a couple of waltz jump.  I fell on the first one (couldn't hold the landing) which hadn't happened in a long time.  No harm, no foul.

Today's lesson:

  • FO3s -- still working on these.  I got the LFO3 back in just 3-4 tries.  RFO3 is still a work in progress, mostly my mental state to really try it.  Ugh.
  • jumps -- a couple of nice waltz jump, and then a pretty good salchow!  I was jazzed. 
I'm really heartened to be making on these 3s, and hoping that my lack of ice time isn't hurting my MITF skills otherwise.  In a couple of weeks we should be able to take my 'fixed' FO3s for a spin the power-3s and I imagine that will take some work also.  Eeep.

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Monday, October 11, 2021


 My figures lesson with Danette on the 1:15 FS at Chandler.  Really nice ice, 5 skaters.  I scribed circles and warmed up with edges.

For today's lesson, we worked on serpentines.  I had briefly worked on these last Monday, but we had not worked on them in a lesson in ages. Eeep.  My pushes and flow are just not up to this, and my changes of edges stink.  The outside to inside change of edge takes to long, and the inside to outside.... I got on a flat, couldn't really get over to the outside. Ugh.  Lots of work to be done here.

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Friday, October 08, 2021


 I skated the 1 p.m. FS at Chandler for freestyle practice.  Okay ice.  We had our dance team and another dancer, and also 3 hockey kids in lessons, so it was... interesting.  I tried to work on moves for a bit but the hockey kids (the two younger ones) were always in my way so I gave up and worked a bit on jumps and spins (got a couple of good salchows!) and then a bit more on FO3.  Not the best of sessions.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021


 My lesson with Holly on the 8:45 a.m. FS at Gilbert.  Okay ice, and just one other skater.  I warmed up with stroking and perimeter XOs.

For today's lesson we continued plugging along on the FO3s.  We spent about 5 minutes getting the LFO3 back in shape, and the remainder of our time on the RFO3.  Ugh!  We did make some good progress and it is allllmost there.  Particularly on the R side I need to really reach into the circle and keep that free hip up.  I'm confident we will get there next week or the week after!  Then to start working the power-3 pattern!

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Monday, October 04, 2021

Patch Perseverance

 I skated the 1:15 FS at Chandler for patch practice today -- no lesson today.  Nice fresh ice, 6 skaters.

I warmed up with edges, then ran FO8 and FI8.  Then I spent a small amount of time on 3s in isolation (ugh), and then ran waltz-8, mostly the left side 'cause I'm a chicken.  Finished off with a BO8 and some quick work on serpentines -- these seem to have totally deteriorated from neglect.  Ugh.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021


 My lesson with Holly on the 8:45 a.m. FS at Gilbert.  Ice was okay (no 8:30 cut), and once again private ice.  I warmed up with stroking, perimeter XOs, BXOs to BO edges and circle-8.

Today we continued our laser focus on my FO3s.  We spent a few minutes to get the LFO3 back to where we left it last week, and then continued with RFO3.  Ugh.  We did make some progress, but still more to go to get them as good as the L side.  Right now still very forced and I come around too much and put my foot down :-(.

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Monday, September 27, 2021


 My figures lesson with Danette on the Chandler 1:15 FS.  Nice fresh ice, just 4 skaters.  I warmed up with edges and scribed circles.

For today's lesson, we ran through my 8s (except waltz-8):

  • FO8 -- meh.  I did get around, so that was something.  A bit wobbly in places and my posture is still definitely lacking.
  • FI8 -- not bad.  Posture still a bit weak though.
  • BO8 -- couldn't make it around, but posture was a bit better.
  • BI8 -- better than I expected -- a really good push for the RBI but some real issues with control.  Eeep.
No lesson next week but hopefully I can at least skate.

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