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Micah Morrison's Progress Thread [Sub 15 on Squan?]

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ok, since it seems like everyone else is doing this, I'm going to change this into just a personal progress thread. Lately I've been working on finishing up CN with blue cross, and grinding on 5x5. I will be updating this thread as I make progress in cubing.
currently averaging around 1:05-1:07
Made decent progress this week. Now averaging around 1:01. I average sub 1 on a good day though.

I'm currently averaging around 32.5, I want to get at least sub 31 in the next two weeks sine that's my summer goal.
I now know 33/90 CSP's and am averaging low to mid 16 seconds. I'm still taking probably about 20 seconds on average to trace for CSP's, mainly because it takes a second for me to remember where to trace from

Goals for week 2:

1. Know at least 45/90 CSP's
2. Sub 16 ao200
3. sub 15.5 ao50
I got a 15.84 ao200 and a 15.15 ao50. I currently know 55/90 of the CSP's

Goals for Week 3:
1. Know at least 70/90 CSP's
2. Sub 15.5 ao200
3. Sub 15 ao50
Didn't really practice at al or learn any CSP's unfortunately
Screenshot 2020-07-01 at 15.08.40.png

Goals for week 2:
1. Do at least 600 solves
2. Sub 8.5 ao200
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My times improved quite a bit this week

Goals for Week 3:
1. Do at least 600 solves
2. Sub 7 ao5
3. Sub 8.3 ao200
4. Sub 8.45 ao1000
I did over 800 solves this week, but unfortunately didn't see much improvement. Still averaging around 8.55
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I did a bunch of solves in the car since I was on vacation and I was averaging 8.2. I don't know if this is an improvement or not because it was on keyboard
DNF(2:34.239), 2:00.543 PB, 2:08.953, DNF(3:10.434), 2:04.906

3/5, Average of attempts: 2:16.033

Comment: Wow, all three of those successes were better than my old PB (2:12.285)
DNF(1:54.488), DNF(3:04.695), 2:09.654, 3:12.175, DNF(2:33.940)
2/5: average of attempts, 2:36.099. I think I can say this wasn't the best day.
I started averaging high 1:06- high 1:07. By the end of the week, I am now averaging low 1:04 to low 1:05
I didn't do as many solves as I wanted to do (I probably did about 250-300 this week)
Goals for week 2:
1. Finish learning L2E algs
2. Do at least 400 solves this week
3. Sub 50 single
4. Sub 1:00 ao12
5. Sub 1:02 ao50
I'm now averaging 1:03 to 1:04 with a 1:02.5 ao50

Goals for week 3:
1. Do at least 350 solves
2. Sub 1:02 ao100
3. ACTUALLY finish learning L2E algs
Didn't do much practice this week, and I got too many bad solves so my averages were around 1:04
You can also view my PB Sheet Here
 
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Well, after three days my green and blue cross has seen improvement. The most recent ao50 I did was super inconsistent though. The average was 10.667 but it felt like I would always either get 9's (occasionally 8's) or 11's or worse. My red/orange cross hasn't seen much improvement over the past three days. I'm hoping that will change soon. I also hope I can get both averages under 9 seconds in the next 30 days.
 
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since I didn;t have much to do today, I decided to get ahead a day since I'm doing Cubing at Home tomorrow. In my green/blue cross ao50 I decided to try slow turning, and, not only was it the best average I;ve done so far for green/blue cross, but it also felt much more consistent than previous averages. So I think for the net week or so I'll slow down my turning a little bit and focus on smoothness and lookahead rather than relying on TPS to get decent times.
 
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just did a red/orange cross slow turning ao50. It was my best average so far by about 0.04, but also, there was one stretch of solves where it seemed like every solve I would do something stupid like insert an f2l pair in wrong orientation, or with a last layer corner, etc. And during that stretch of solves it seemed like every solve I locked up on the PLL. Then I got a few sub 8's and decided not to do it anymore. But this is motivating because I feel like if I do an ao50 without doing too many stupid things I can get much better times. For reference of the stretch of bad solves, my session mean was about 10.6 about 20 or 25 solves through the average and the ao50 was 9.936. Also, here's the time trendScreenshot 2020-04-11 at 12.44.43.png
 
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ok, I think I've decided that I'm just going to stick with red/orange cross only until I get three consecutive sub 9 ao50's because I feel like switching between sets of colors isn't helping much. So I'll do 2 ao50's every day with red/orange cross and still count them as two separate "days". Then I'll come back and do green/blue cross.
 
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ik this is my 4th post in a row on this thread, but I've decided to change my approach to becoming color neutral AGAIN. I'll be just doing one color at a time because I slowed down my turning a certain amount and my red cross lookahead could keep up but my orange cross lookahead usually couldn't. I'll basically be starting over on this quest but hopefully all the solves I did with green, orange, and blue cross will help me when I get to those colors.
 

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ik this is my 4th post in a row on this thread, but I've decided to change my approach to becoming color neutral AGAIN. I'll be just doing one color at a time because I slowed down my turning a certain amount and my red cross lookahead could keep up but my orange cross lookahead usually couldn't. I'll basically be starting over on this quest but hopefully all the solves I did with green, orange, and blue cross will help me when I get to those colors.
Well as the OP of this thread, you’re entitled to quadruple posting ;). They were also all pretty far apart.
 

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If you've been following me for enough time, you've seen it before, I have attempted to become color neutral many times but have lost motivation on all of those times. But this time I will post progress on this thread each day I do an ao50. Since there's a quarantine, this is the perfect time to become full color neutral, and there are absolutely no excuses for me to stop trying. We all need to do it, and there won't be much better of a time to work on than now. My approach is that each day I will do an ao50 with red/orange cross and each day I will do an ao50 with green/blue cross (I'm already dual CN).The reason I'm not just mixing all four cross colors together in a single session is that I'm considerably faster with red and orange cross than with green and blue cross. Also, it helps me focus more on the color recognition for each set of opposite colors. My global average for 3x3 is 8.7 seconds, so that will be my goal for the colors I am working on adding. Ideally every day I'll do an ao50 with each set of colors but there will be some days where I won't have the time and there will be some days where I have extra time and might do an extra ao50, but for the sake of simplicity, each ao50 will be considered a day in my progress.

ao50: 9.771
ao50: 9.343 (-0.428)
ao50: 9.586 (+0.243)
I dont think you can say we all need to do it because the current world champion is not colour neutral. CN has pros and cons its not clear cut
 
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At what spped should slow turning be on?
I personally, when doing slow turning solves, like to turn as fast as I can while still looking ahead, so, if I see my next pair while I'm solving a pair, I might speed up the turning a little bit, and if I don't see anything, I might slow down a bit. Also, when I get to the last slot, I just turn as fast as I can
 
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I dont think you can say we all need to do it because the current world champion is not colour neutral. CN has pros and cons its not clear cut
yeah but Feliks Zemdegs who is the world record holder for 3x3 average, and he has been holding 3x3 world records for a very long time is color neutral. Also, it seems like 90+% of the top level 3x3 solvers are color neutral. And, wafter becoming color neutral, you would get 3x as many lucky scrambles and 3x less unlucky scrambles compared to dual CN. Also, can you list any cons of becoming color neutral?
 
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CN is great and all, but sometimes it can make deciding a cross color hard. If you are only white, you know which color to choose immediately.
to be honest that just sounds like a lazy excuse to not become color neutral that I used for way too long. I mean, how often do use ALL your inspection on white cross?
 
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CN is great and all, but sometimes it can make deciding a cross color hard. If you are only white, you know which color to choose immediately.
That's only if you aren't CN. Once you are CN, it's easy to pick a cross quickly, plus inspection is easier because it's usually a good cross. Watch J Perm's vid on it
 

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yeah but Feliks Zemdegs who is the world record holder for 3x3 average, and he has been holding 3x3 world records for a very long time is color neutral. Also, it seems like 90+% of the top level 3x3 solvers are color neutral. And, wafter becoming color neutral, you would get 3x as many lucky scrambles and 3x less unlucky scrambles compared to dual CN. Also, can you list any cons of becoming color neutral?
if you immediately no which cross colour to start on then you can plan more pairs in inspection also about 90% of top solvers are colour neutral this is completely false. Of the top 10 people at the most recent worlds last year 4/10 were not CN i think that looking at worlds is a better way at judging rankings than records because everyone gets the same scrambles so there is less luck
 
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