- Jun 29, 2016
Good point about Feliks, I’ll try focusing on that myself.3x3: My potential seems to have improved about a second. Where I was getting 2 or 3 full step 17s a day on my best solves, now it's full step 16s. I also landed a full step 14.9 a couple days ago, 6-move T-OLL and U-Perm which is probably the best possible two look LL for me. I'm starting to shrug at anything over 18 when I'm in a groove even though I'm still good for following up my sub 20s with a couple mid 20s. I think most of the improvement is lookahead along with a little bit of my ongoing F2L refinement coming together. I still haven't returned to unlimited inspection and first pair prediction but I have made one minor change at the start of my solves the past few weeks. Watching Feliks's recent WR average he consistently sits on the armed timer for a few seconds, visualizing the physical starting moves. Such a seemingly tiny little thing.
3bld: Thankfully I didn't lose much on execution. My first couple sighted attempts were rather hilarious but after 3 or 4 of those all my setups were back like riding a bike. I haven't re-incorporated any of the advanced M slice tricks yet but I have all my notes. First day back I got to better than 50% on slow, careful, untimed solves that were probably in the 8-10 min range. Second day I went for a timed solve to see where I'm sitting and got a 5:09 success. Execution split was close to where I was before the hiatus and I made a tracing mistake I had to track down in memo, so I'm not terribly far off where I was. Pushing tracing and memo really hard is the prescription for the next week.
Thanks for the Teng Yun recommendation. I really like it.
I know what you mean about the just shrugging at average solves. I think i’m Just two seconds ahead of you there. Anything over 16 and I’m unimpressed but any “15er” or less makes me feel contented.
Planning the first pair in inspection: I think I’ve stumbled upon a compromise. I generally don’t do this but I do when it “looks easy”. However, every now and then I do a session of about twenty where I always plan first pair (unlimited inspection) I think this is slowly increasing the percentage of solves where I see a “looks easy” first pair. Maybe I’ll reach a point where I see an easy first pair 30% or 40% of the time...
In particular I keep looking at the rU’r’ insert for a bad cross piece and looking at how it affects every cube piece (from all four angles). Still slow from some angles but this seems crucial to planning first pair because so many cross solutions include a bad cross piece like this. Will keep working on this.