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I guess I never did give a report on my competition last weekend. It was a really good time; I always like Nathan Dwyer's competitions in Fort Wayne, and this one was no exception.

On Friday I had a pretty rough time with 5BLD; I did get the first solve, but then kept making mistakes on my wing parity algorithm. Sometimes I just blank on an algorithm that is in muscle memory, and can't think of it, for no good reason. I really think it's an older cuber thing. (One time I actually couldn't remember how to do Sune in a regular 3x3x3 solve a few years ago; most younger cubers can't believe it's possible to forget Sune. :)) But at least I got the first solve. Since Stanley Chapel and Mark Boyanowski both DNFed all 3 (a very unusual event!), I actually won 5BLD, and can say I beat the World Champion! :)

4BLD was nothing special; I got two okay solves, and on the third, cycled 3 wings the wrong direction and so missed the mean. Not that it was a particularly good mean anyway. Enough to get on the podium at third place.

Multi was nice! While memorizing, I almost felt like giving up, because I felt pretty drained from the 4 and 5 BLD attempts earlier. But I stuck it out, and I actually got a new PB - 15/16! I think at this point, it makes sense to not just keep trying for perfect; I will go ahead and try to speed up a little more. I'll probably start trying 18 in the weekly competition this week. I'm sure it will be a disaster, but 16 used to be a disaster, and now I seem to be able to handle it! Again I made podium, third place to Mark (with 40/52!), and Stanley (with 34/45!). The gap is quite ridiculous. :)

I did okay in FMC; about the same as I do in the weekly competitions.

Saturday was so relaxed. I wasn't able to attend Sunday, so I didn't really have to worry about whether or not I made it to second rounds - I wouldn't be able to compete in them anyway. I got a new PB single in 6x6x6, but it was still well above the cutoff. I'm capable of making that cutoff, but it seems like 6x6x6 rarely ever goes well for me in competition (whereas I do pretty well relative to my ability on 7x7x7 - not sure why 6x6x6 gives me so much trouble). Other highlights were that I actually got a sub-10 pyraminx average, more than 2 seconds better than my previous best in competition! And I also got another sub-20 3x3x3 average - only my third one ever! And this one felt unique in that it actually felt like a typical average, instead of a lucky one, like my previous ones did. I actually feel like I finally genuinely average sub-20 (barely).

I also was able to help out a fair amount at the competition. It's been a while since I've been able to help out that much at a competition with scrambling and running - I had a great time! And I got to meet a fellow older cuber - Wally Kolcz - he was judging for me on a few of my solves, so it was nice to get to meet him.
Nice update! And again, congrats on your podiums and PBs.

Here’s the link for my last 3BLD final solve (not the PR) of 1:05.
 
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First day at my second comps. Not so good but no so bad. 5x5: got new single PR 2:33.11 but did not passed cutoff, still without official avg. 4x4: new single PR 1:13.99 and first official avg 1:35.53. Will see how it goes tomorrow (3x3)....
 
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So since I've had so many decent results with 16 cubes multiBLD in the past few weeks in official competitions, I decided to go ahead and try 18 for the first time this week. Rather than starting at 1 AM like I usually do, this time I gave myself a bit of an advantage and napped from 1 AM to 5 AM before trying it. :) (still early enough that the family wasn't up yet)

I knew I needed to memorize faster, so I pushed my memorization a good bit, and it made the neccessary difference - I got through the entire memorization in just 42 minutes, without even using a normal-BLD cube - all 18 were stored in long-term memory! And while the scrambles were not particularly hard, they also didn't seem particularly easy - they felt about normal.

It was quite a surprising success! 13/18, but it was really 14/18 in about 60:05 - I had only the last two corner algs left when the timer expired, and quickly finished it correctly. One of the 4 I actually missed was just off by two edges which I memorized correctly but forgot to flip. The other three were due to my memo not being quite solid enough, so that I had to give up on them after trying to recall them for a while. So my memorization was truly not solid enough, and I need to still work on that. But the good news on all three was that I was able to second-look all of them, except one where I had neglected to memorize a flipped edge when first memorizing.

In any event, it seems like I really am capable of handling 18, at least sometimes!
 
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Hi Everyone,
I am 36 Yrs old and just found the community of old cubers here :). As far as cubing is concerned I joined this forum in 2010 and learned the beginners method as a hobby and then was offline for a long time. Now that I found my old cube again buried in a closet and I still remember how to solve it in about 1:30 minutes (Some how the moves still exists in my muscle memory although I completely forgot the notations for the algorithms) ,I thought I should give a try to speed cubing.I would like to know if there are members in this community whose skills and age were comparable to mine and they were able to improve their time to sub 20. Please share the experiences and effort in cubing. Thanks.
 
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Hi Everyone,
I am 36 Yrs old and just found the community of old cubers here :). As far as cubing is concerned I joined this forum in 2010 and learned the beginners method as a hobby and then was offline for a long time. Now that I found my old cube again buried in a closet and I still remember how to solve it in about 1:30 minutes (Some how the moves still exists in my muscle memory although I completely forgot the notations for the algorithms) ,I thought I should give a try to speed cubing.I would like to know if there are members in this community whose skills and age were comparable to mine and they were able to improve their time to sub 20. Please share the experiences and effort in cubing. Thanks.
When I started speedcubing I took 5 minutes to solve it. Now I am sub 30 and still improving.
 
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When I started speedcubing I took 5 minutes to solve it. Now I am sub 30 and still improving.
Nice to here from you.To strengthen my commitment I bought a GTS3M. This will keep me alert to utilize my investment :) . I have started with practicing F2L as well as memorizing OLL and PLL side by side. At this stage shall I go on solving the cube with the complete CFOP method or just concentrate on F2L only ? I must say I have to sit back with my diary to recognize the cases and to apply the respective algs :) . Is there any smarter way to set the cube for learning F2L cases ?I ask because there are cases in my alg list that havn't appeared even once in my all the previous solves?
 
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Nice to here from you.To strengthen my commitment I bought a GTS3M. This will keep me alert to utilize my investment :) . I have started with practicing F2L as well as memorizing OLL and PLL side by side. At this stage shall I go on solving the cube with the complete CFOP method or just concentrate on F2L only ? I must say I have to sit back with my diary to recognize the cases and to apply the respective algs :) . Is there any smarter way to set the cube for learning F2L cases ?I ask because there are cases in my alg list that havn't appeared even once in my all the previous solves?
I don't use CFOP so I can't really be of much assistance here. I use Roux. :)
 
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Any particular reason to use Roux. CFOP seems more popular as well as lot of resources. Is Roux gaining popularity over CFOP ?
For me it's simple. I liked Roux better than CFOP. It's less algs, no rotations and less pieces to keep track off at the same time. But to each their own. I recommend trying Roux, CFOP, ZZ and maybe Petrus, and see which method you like the most.
 
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Any particular reason to use Roux. CFOP seems more popular as well as lot of resources. Is Roux gaining popularity over CFOP ?
I concur Roux is "simpler", with less algorithms to memorise. First two blocks and LSE can be solved intuitively, leaving only a few algorithms for CMLL. Using M-slice for first 2 layer of both blocks is also quite fun! I used Roux corner algs here (http://tinyurl.com/solvexio)

On CFOP; AFAIK after every scramble and cross, there will be enough random F2L cases to practise. If you're lazy about the cross, "Twisty Timer" phone app can provide you the scramble *and* solving the cross moves so you can start F2L right off the bat. The web csTimer tool can also generate an "easy cross" to solve for your F2L practise.
 
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It’s been awhile since I dropped in here... lots of good stuff going on.

I’ve been working to learn 4BLD. I had a good attempt today to do just centres. I took a LONG time to do the memo and trace, but it was worth it. I made an execution error and it was a mess. I kept the scramble—took a second attempt and this time I did it eyes open, but same memo (it stuck) and it was correct. So.... partial success regarding my 4BLD centres attempt. Success in the trace and memo, although fail in the execution.

Wings, sighted, is coming along and becoming more smooth. The similarity to M2 makes it flow much easier.

There is just so much more information to memo than for 3BLD, but I’m feeing optimistic that this endeavour is doable.
 
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Hi Everyone,
I am 36 Yrs old and just found the community of old cubers here :). As far as cubing is concerned I joined this forum in 2010 and learned the beginners method as a hobby and then was offline for a long time. Now that I found my old cube again buried in a closet and I still remember how to solve it in about 1:30 minutes (Some how the moves still exists in my muscle memory although I completely forgot the notations for the algorithms) ,I thought I should give a try to speed cubing.I would like to know if there are members in this community whose skills and age were comparable to mine and they were able to improve their time to sub 20. Please share the experiences and effort in cubing. Thanks.
I started cubing in late 2010 myself at age 32. I became interested in speed early on though. I went to my first competition in 2012 with around a 25 second avg. I’m expecting to see my first sub-15 comp avg soon. Rest assured, if it’s something you like to do and you keep practicing, you will achieve your goals.
 
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It has taken me 33 years to solve this latest puzzle but I think I've finally kicked smoking after more than 3 decades. I've gone the cold turkey route; no pills, patches, gum, or vaping. It's only been a week and a half but I'm over the physical withdrawal and it's a whole lot easier than the first four days of insanity at this point. The habit will probably pester me forever from time to time but I'm mentally over all the baggage of smoking.
 
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It has taken me 33 years to solve this latest puzzle but I think I've finally kicked smoking after more than 3 decades. I've gone the cold turkey route; no pills, patches, gum, or vaping. It's only been a week and a half but I'm over the physical withdrawal and it's a whole lot easier than the first four days of insanity at this point. The habit will probably pester me forever from time to time but I'm mentally over all the baggage of smoking.
That’s great!
 
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Finally officially sub-20.
https://www.cubecomps.com/live.php?cid=4645&compid=12
5BLD was main goal, but no success there. Had 1 slow 4BLD success. Coulda been low 9:00 but I was remembering my previous 5BLD memo for edges. Surprised I got it sorted out correctly, but wasted a lot of time. Two slowish 3BLD successes in 1st round. 3rd solve would have been PB 1:36 and first avg, but just missed by 8 corners and 11 edges:). Don't know what happened there. Final round was all slow and none close. I'll blame fatigue. Other PBs were pyra single, and 4x4 by default
 
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