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Bulkocuber's progression | currently learning too many things at once O_o

bulkocuber

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Finally a new PB average of 5!

8.72 ao5
Times: 8.61, 8.96, (10.28), 8.60, (8.24)
That's probably my first average with 3 counting 8s.

Global average: I'm barely sub-10: I got my ao100 PB down to 9.88 and I managed to get my ao200 under 10 seconds as well. With that taken into account, I would call myself sub-10 (because I don't remember my name 😞).

It's insane that I got sub-10 after just 8 months and a half of speedcubing, so I went over my progress (thank you @bulkocuber for creating this progression thread 🙃) and here's a recap with all the time barriers I've broken and when:
Sub-20: Dec 30, 2021 After 3 months of cubing
Sub-19: Jan 4, 2022 5 days after becoming sub-20 LOL
Sub-18: Jan 8, 2022 Only 4 days this time
Sub-17: Jan 10, 2022 Ok this may look sus but I had just lubed the cube for the first time
Sub-16: Jan 19, 2022 At this point I started learning full OLL
Sub-15: Jan 30, 2022 One month to go from sub-20 to sub-15 wow
Sub-14: Feb 27, 2022 Oh How did my progress slow down so much?
Sub-13: Mar 15, 2022 I remember thatit felt so good to avg 12
Sub-12: Apr 11, 2022 Another important barrier; at this point I became very consistent
Sub-11: May 17, 2022 Do I still need to write the year??
Sub-10: Today, Jun 13 WOW, just wow. After 8 months and a half

It definitely felt a lot less than 8 months, thank you to all of you for being a fantastic community 🦆Just joking obviously there are also 🐧🦦🐟 and whatever you want NO, HUMANS DO NOT EXIST :mad:



Now, what comes next? What will I do? Here's what I hope to achieve this summer:
● Become CN on 3x3. I know it will be difficult and I don't even think it's fully worth it, but it seems fun and also will make me more consistent since I won't have to deal with bad crosses. We'll see how much it will take me to become color neutral (hopefully 1-2 to get all the other colors almost as fast as white)
● Learn 2-sided PLL recognition. It shouldn't be difficult but I want to improve my last layer because at the moment it is still not as good as you would expect from a sub-10 solver. However, I think that this might be beneficial because it means that I don't rely much on PLL patterns specific to white cross.
● Learn TUL ZBLL. I've already said that in my opinion COLL is not really worth it, in fact I'm more interested in learning ZBLL: T, U, L sets are the best ones so I'll try to learn those. (I have no clue how long it will take me actually)
● Grind 3BLD. I don't need to say much about this goal, 3 BLD is the coolest event.
 

bulkocuber

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How often have you practiced each day on average?
1 hour and a half is probably a good guess of the average time, because there have been days when I could cube for 3 hours (more than 3 hours is too much for me, it would be tiring and would make me feel bad and guilty) and days when I couldn't even touch the cube (mostly because of sChOoL).
I calculated that I've been doing 100 timed 3x3 solves a day on average during the last 6 months, and that's basically it because I rarely do something different than just spamming solves.
 

bulkocuber

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CN update:
- white average: 9.8
- yellow average: 10.5 (250 solves)
- green average: 12 (400 solves)
- blue average: 14 (20 solves)

I haven't touched orange or red. My goal is to keep practicing different colours separately until I get them all sub-12, then I'll decide whether to get them sub-11 separately or start doing a CN session.
 

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Today I got a 5.79 full-step with a XXX-Cross (it was something like 5 moves 🤣) followed by triple sexy F2L case, an OLL I don't remember and then H perm with no AUF.

With a 5.79 I couldn't miss the opportunity to break my MO3 PB, so I did it
1. 5.79 L F2 D' F2 U B2 U2 F2 L2 D' L2 B2 U' L' F U' B' R' B L R (not the real scramble because I accidentally did the solve in the green cross session)
2. 9.65 D' R' U' R' D' B2 R2 L U F' R2 D2 R2 U2 B L2 B2 R2 D2 B2
3. 8.98 R U B D' B2 D L2 B' L F R2 D2 F2 U2 F' D2 L2 B' U2 R2 D2
+ Unexpected ao5 PB: 8.60
1. (5.79) L F2 D' F2 U B2 U2 F2 L2 D' L2 B2 U' L' F U' B' R' B L R
2. (9.65) D' R' U' R' D' B2 R2 L U F' R2 D2 R2 U2 B L2 B2 R2 D2 B2
3. 8.98 R U B D' B2 D L2 B' L F R2 D2 F2 U2 F' D2 L2 B' U2 R2 D2
4. 8.39 R' D' B2 U2 L U2 L B2 R U2 R' U2 R2 D' L' U2 F' L2 U L
5. 8.42 R2 D2 L2 F L2 B L2 U2 D L2 B L D F U L F R'
This was all done with white cross because sometimes I just want to enjoy the only cross colour where I can look-ahead well. Now my ao100 PB (white cross) is 9.73

I improved a lot at green a blue crosses:
G: from high 12 (yesterday) to almost sub-12 (12.1 ao50 today)
B: from high 14 to almost sub-14, but I haven't done enough solves to determine my actual average.
 

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Today I got a 5.79 full-step with a XXX-Cross (it was something like 5 moves 🤣) followed by triple sexy F2L case, an OLL I don't remember and then H perm with no AUF.

With a 5.79 I couldn't miss the opportunity to break my MO3 PB, so I did it
1. 5.79 L F2 D' F2 U B2 U2 F2 L2 D' L2 B2 U' L' F U' B' R' B L R (not the real scramble because I accidentally did the solve in the green cross session)
2. 9.65 D' R' U' R' D' B2 R2 L U F' R2 D2 R2 U2 B L2 B2 R2 D2 B2
3. 8.98 R U B D' B2 D L2 B' L F R2 D2 F2 U2 F' D2 L2 B' U2 R2 D2
+ Unexpected ao5 PB: 8.60
1. (5.79) L F2 D' F2 U B2 U2 F2 L2 D' L2 B2 U' L' F U' B' R' B L R
2. (9.65) D' R' U' R' D' B2 R2 L U F' R2 D2 R2 U2 B L2 B2 R2 D2 B2
3. 8.98 R U B D' B2 D L2 B' L F R2 D2 F2 U2 F' D2 L2 B' U2 R2 D2
4. 8.39 R' D' B2 U2 L U2 L B2 R U2 R' U2 R2 D' L' U2 F' L2 U L
5. 8.42 R2 D2 L2 F L2 B L2 U2 D L2 B L D F U L F R'
This was all done with white cross because sometimes I just want to enjoy the only cross colour where I can look-ahead well. Now my ao100 PB (white cross) is 9.73

I improved a lot at green a blue crosses:
G: from high 12 (yesterday) to almost sub-12 (12.1 ao50 today)
B: from high 14 to almost sub-14, but I haven't done enough solves to determine my actual average.
Must... not... feel... jealous.... aaaaaaaaa

In all seriousness, that has to be one of the luckiest scrambles ever, 5 ish move XXX-cross! In FMC, it's good to get to F2L-1 in about 12 moves or less, but you got there in 5.
And then easy recog pair 4, CP skip into AUFless PLL, that's a lot of luck.
And I still haven't gotten a single LL skip ever
 

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Averaging low 11 with green and almost sub-12 with blue. I started doing orange cross but it's a lot more confusing than the other colours, mostly because of the green pieces that distract me, and I average 16-18 with it (after 20 solves).

Yesterday I finally got my first 5x5 and mega (I had been waiting for them since May 15 (ish)). I'm still a noob but I'll learn how to properly solve them.
 

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Averaging low 11 with green and almost sub-12 with blue. I started doing orange cross but it's a lot more confusing than the other colours, mostly because of the green pieces that distract me, and I average 16-18 with it (after 20 solves).

Yesterday I finally got my first 5x5 and mega (I had been waiting for them since May 15 (ish)). I'm still a noob but I'll learn how to properly solve them.
Road to sub 1 Megaminx?
 
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