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My favourite accomplishment was lucky: meeting a friend of a friend who also cubes. In July 2007 we decided to try to learn to speedcube.

It was through learning how we both solved the cube (our average solve was 1:45) that we decided to try new techniques to improve our times.

Discussions of Fridrich, finding dozens of different OLL/PLL methods online, and even finding these forums continues the learning.

He now gets under 30 sec solves, and is getting great averages, while I am doing 40-45 second solves when I am quick.

I'll learn all of PLL soon and it's on to OLL for me. I've learned Fridrich F2L already and am trying to learn how to look ahead. My finger tricks are getting better too. I can't wait to break that 30 sec. mark on timer!

Every day brings its own accomplishments right now. There are small and large rewards that are earned through dedication. Thanks for a great post.

----- JNetCube Best Average for Thu Oct 18 20:28:52 CDT 2007 -----

Average: 15.91

Fastest Time: 13.21
Slowest Time: 20.43
Standard Deviation: 01.51

Individual Times:
1) (13.21) B D2 F' D2 B R2 B L2 U2 B D2 L2 U2 D2 R B U2 L2 B' U B' L' U B2 U'
2) (20.43) L2 F' L2 U B F' U B D F U R2 F2 R2 L F2 U' L D F2 U' D' F2 B' U'
3) 15.98 U2 L B2 F R2 U R B2 F D2 U B D2 U' F U2 B' U B L2 F U F' L' R
4) 15.98 D2 L' D2 U' L F2 U' B2 R2 L D2 R' B R2 F' U2 F' D' F2 U F2 R' B2 L2 F'
5) 13.40 B' L B2 U2 R' L' D U' B' F2 R2 U' F D' F R2 U' D' B F' L' F D' U R
6) 16.75 R' U B R L' D2 B' L B' D U2 B' U' R2 U B R2 F' U' F' D2 U R2 D2 R
7) 18.28 L' B2 U F R L' U F' R2 B2 F2 R' L2 B2 L R D F R2 L B' D' B D U
8) 14.22 L' R B F2 D' F2 L2 B2 R L2 U2 R2 D B' F' R B D B2 R2 D' R2 U2 B2 U2
9) 15.45 B D2 L F' B D2 R B D2 B2 D2 L2 F2 R L U' R' U' R' B D L' B' D U'
10) 17.45 R' B2 U B' R2 L U' B2 D R' D2 B U' B L' R2 B' R' L D2 U2 F' D L2 F'
11) 16.89 D B2 F' U' F2 B U2 D' R' U F U' R B R B' R2 F' D2 B2 F L F' U' B
12) 14.70 D' L F' R2 B' F' U' D' F B2 R2 U' D B' F' R' F2 L2 D B2 U' R' B' L F2

This is so exciting because Berkeley Fall is just around the corner and I'm finally getting fast haha

finished learning Fridrich about a month ago, i can avg about 20 seconds, though I often get a lot of sub-20 times nowadays it's just those 20+ solves that slow me up.

OH my best avg is 32, while I can usually avg 35
BLD for 3x3x3 I've improved a lot, averaging about 4 minutes. My best time is 3:14 (I've gotten that time twice)

my main goal now is to consistently practice all three of these events before Caltech Fall. Goals:
3x3x3: get sub 20 avg
3x3x3 OH: get sub 35 avg
3x3x3 BLD: no DNFs and get all times under 4 minutes

I finally solved the Square-1, on my own without any help. It took 3 weeks, which is outrageously bad, but at least I finally conquered it. (For those keeping score, it took me 504 hours and 14 minutes to solve it. But that was just clock time - I definitely didn't work nonstop on it for 504 hours. ) About the only thing I knew about it before I started was that people said the first step was to put it in a cubic shape, and that there was such a thing as parity on it.

Two days ago, I solved it for the first time, but it took me until yesterday to come up with a reliable solution for parity. I think I have the worst method EVER for solving parity. It requires 80 slice moves, and then I still have to re-solve the rest of the cube. But I know it's reliable because I went from fully solved to 2 edges swapped and back to fully solved three separate times (6 successful executions of my parity algorithm) once I finally figured it out. It takes me 4 minutes to execute my 80 move parity algorithm, and it only takes me 1 minute to solve the rest of it (not counting the time to make it cubic)!

Now I can go learn a real algorithm for parity, and maybe some better methods for the rest of it. I can finally try competing in this this week!

Some encouragement: By dad restarted cubing about 3½ years ago and is still struggling to get consistently sub-40. And it took me about 3 months to get sub-40. Damn I'm slow.