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[Help Thread] Am I Competition Ready?

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I've never been to a comp and I don't know if I'm good enough to compete. My 3x3 Average is around a minute, My 2x2 average is around 8 seconds, and my 4x4 average is around 2-3 minutes, and I'm learning 5x5 and OH. I was wondering what you have to know how to do before walking into a competition?
Sign up now. You're ready.

The poster above mentioned cutoff times. Even if you can't make cutoff, you can still sign up for events. You just won't get to complete every attempt. They'll still stop you if you can't meet the time limit, so it's not like you need to worry about wasting people's time. And sometimes you get lucky and you make cutoff when you didn't expect to do so. Has happened to me.

You'll have a great time, so sign up and go. Sign up for every event you can actually solve and want to do.
 
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I've never been to a comp and I don't know if I'm good enough to compete. My 3x3 Average is around a minute, My 2x2 average is around 8 seconds, and my 4x4 average is around 2-3 minutes, and I'm learning 5x5 and OH. I was wondering what you have to know how to do before walking into a competition?
this will help you know what to do
 
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I currently average about 45 seconds, and I thought it might be fun to go to a comp. The only problem I have is, well, 45 seconds. That's not a great time. Any suggestions for what to aim for?
Also, I have never used a stackmat timer or been to a comp, or in a comp situation. The closest thing to a comp was racing my friend who averages 25 sec
 
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I currently average about 45 seconds, and I thought it might be fun to go to a comp. The only problem I have is, well, 45 seconds. That's not a great time. Any suggestions for what to aim for?
Also, I have never used a stackmat timer or been to a comp, or in a comp situation. The closest thing to a comp was racing my friend who averages 25 sec
Definitely go to a competition! It doesn’t matter how fast you are, you are going to have a great time. You will also be able to meet lots of other cubers as well!
 

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I knew the answer just by reading your title: yes. Go to comps, they are fun, even if you finish last in every event!
 
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Here my take on a similar question, but in a different performance bracket (more like 180s):

http://staff.math.su.se/hoehle/blog/2019/05/06/wcamining.html

Not sure it applies to your situation, but from the data it becomes clear: many ppl only go to one competition and then stop, which I find a little sad to know.
Wow that was a lot of reading that I didn't do but skimming through still helped. Basically the same as me , but a bit slower. Thanks
 

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Also about the StackTimer (I definitely should've paid more attention to your post, sorry) don't worry, they're easier to use than you think. Usually there is a tutorial for new competitors, and you can always ask another competitor or a delegate when in doubt!

Another advice: register to as many events as you can, even if you take more than a minute to solve a 2x2 or a pyraminx. Don't be ashamed of your results! I had a lot of advice by showing how slow I was.
 
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Thanks! I have a qiyi qidi s, and I don't have a pyraminx.... It got stepped on and broken.
If you know how to solve pyraminx consider registering for it anyway. Then when you're at the competition see if you can borrow one - hopefully someone there will have an extra pyraminx or someone who finished in an earlier group might be willing to lend you theirs. And worst case, if you can't get hold of one then you'll just be dropped from the pyraminx event.
 
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Thanks! I have a qiyi qidi s, and I don't have a pyraminx.... It got stepped on and broken.
I think this community is great and I will definitely keep posting!!
If you are not super fast at these events right now then all competing in them is really is going to do is give you experience and confuse everyone when you someday get a record and they look back at your past competitions and see mediocre results .
 
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I had that exact same question when I first started cubing, and after thinking quite a little bit too much I decided to go, and that was the decision I could ever made. Competitions are not about winning, are about hanging out and having great time with people with same hobbies as you
 
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