Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

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

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Patch Perseverance

 I skated the Chandler Ice Cafe for patch practice.  Actually I had intended to skate freestyle, but when I got to the rink... I had brought my patch skates!  So there it was. Nice ice, 9 skaters.

I warmed up with edges, then ran FO8.  FO8 was a bit rough the first time but improved, although for some reason my flow was... just adequate, not great. Then I ran BO8 on a random layout.  Eeep. Flow was really good, return to center was okay, but my circles... not so great.    Especially the LBO was a bit cut in on the return to center half.

After that I worked a little bit on waltz-8, and then specifically on the 3s and the step forward.

Not much progress today.  It didn't help that I was overly social.  Oh well.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Back 8s, Waltz 8

 My figures lesson with Danette on the 1:15 FS at Chandler.  We moved earlier in the week due to Fiesta Skate this week.  I had time to scribe circles and do forward edges as a warmup.

Today's lesson:

  • back edges -- pretty good!  Nice flow. I did have a small issue when I started the BI edges, so we started them over.
  • BO8 -- this was THE BEST I'VE EVER DONE.  Like, wow!  Great flow, good circle size, good circle size, decent tracing.  I was really happy!  
  • BI8 -- Eeep.  Actually, pretty good flow and power.  We spent some time working on the RBI to have better posture, like the LBI.  It's so hard for me to keep the free foot/leg close on the RBI!  I really want to extend that leg and lean forward.  UGH.  We did make some good progress though.
  • waltz-8 - ran through one circle each side, and then spent the remainder of our time working on the step forward as it's def. the biggest problem right now -- we just worked the R side step forward (so that's an LBO-RFO step forward). I need to turn my foot under me and it's not quite happening. Ugh.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Moves, Brackets, Salchows

 My lesson with Holly on the Gilbert adult skate.  Good ice, about 10 skaters initially but I think more like 12 by the end of the session.

I warmed up with stroking, perimeter XOs and power-3s.

Today's lesson:

  • power-3s -- we ran these a couple of times.  I'm actually relatively pleased with them, except now the biggest issue for me is that I'm not really doing a crossover, i.e. I bring my feet together but it's not really a BXO.  Urph.  Still, I've made some progress and I still have some time, so we'll see.
  • BXOs to BO edges -- actually, pretty good.
  • circle-8 -- I actually made it around!  Barely, but still!  We'll see if this holds.
  • 5-step mohawk -- a little rough, in places, but mostly okay.
  • brackets -- Holly is still holding my hand, but just one hand, now, not two.  These are slowly coming along but I need to make them a bit smaller; I'm going too far out of the circle on the turn.
  • waltz jump -- just one... but it was really nice!  Etsuko said it was the biggest she's ever seen me do.  Nice straight takeoff too.
  • salchow -- mmph.  I had a really nice one yesterday but wasn't really happening today. Yuck.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2021


 I skated the Chandler Ice Cafe for freestyle practice today.   Nice ice, 10 skaters.

I ran through Bronze Moves, they are about the same.  Didn't make it around the circle-8 (tried twice, the last time was closer).  Spent the last 10 minutes on fun stuff, did some okay spins, a nice Salchow and a pretty good waltz jump.

Monday, April 05, 2021

All My 8s

 My figures lesson with Danette on the Chandler 1:15 FS.  There's no ice on Thursday for Chandler so we moved my lesson.  Despite the fact I had my vaccination this morning ("Fauci Ouchie" #2!) I was fine.  Nice ice and just 4 skaters.  I just had 5 minutes to scribe circles.

Today's lesson:

  • edges -- FO were a bit... off.  Just not good edges, so we did them again.  The rest were pretty good.
  • FO8 -- a little rough, just like w/edges.  Just not quite over my edge.  They did improve, though.
  • FI8 -- just one circle each side.  Nice.
  • BO8 -- just one circle each side.  Pretty good.
  • BI8 -- just one circle each side.  We spent a little extra time on it; I need to turn into the circle more and stay that way. Eeep.
  • waltz-8 -- meh.  3s were actually almost okay, but still need lots of improvement on the step forward.
After my lesson I had about 10 minutes so I worked on the BI8 some more.

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Thursday, April 01, 2021

Waltz-8, Schafer Push

 My figures lesson with Danette on the Chandler Ice Cafe. I had time to scribe circles but not a warmup (my own fault).

Today's lesson:

  • edges -- as always.  I still need to work on keeping my lobes the same size, esp. on FO and BI.  Eeep.  Pretty nice in general though.
  • waltz-8 -- urp.  Threes are better, but I have no check after the RFO3.  Grr.  Most of our time on the step forward.  I think I just need to find a bit more time to practice.
  • Schafer push -- I always wanted to learn this ... can you say you do figures if you can't do one? So Danette spent 5 minutes or so.  The basics are simple enough but I suspect it will take some work to do it with sufficient power AND good posture.
FYI here's what a Schafer push looks like.  AFAIK they were only used for BO loops as the regular BO edge stuff didn't start this way?

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Circle-8, Spins, Jumps

 My lesson with Holly on the Gilbert adult skate.  Nice ice but very crowded!  I think it was at least 16 skaters.  I was not too comfortable with that.

I warmed up with stroking and ran through all my Bronze moves.  I actually got around on the circle-8, barely.

Today's lesson:

  • circle-8 -- again, I actually got around, thought the RFO was just barely there.  Eeep.
  • spins -- actually, several good ones!  After that Holly wanted me to work on a squat spin from a 2-foot spin.... um.  I was not able to squat.  
  • waltz jump -- pretty good, actually.
  • salchow -- several not so great ones and finally an okay one.
  • toe loop -- ugh.  Just not improving.  Holly had me try one in combo waltz-toe and on the positive side, I did it (which I don't think I've done for at least 6 years).  On the negative side it was just as cheated.  Yuck.
All in all, a bit frustrated.  Also found out that there won't be a figures competition this year at Sherwood.  Don't know if that's a permanent thing, or just a relic of Covid, or what.  Dangit.

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