- Oct 13, 2019
I live in Jisp. It is a very small village between Zaandam and Purmerend. I just started with cubing so I have no clue yet if there is a competition nearby soon.
I actually feel stressed when I see a solved F2L pair before I begin edge pairing. I get stuck trying to figure out how to preserve it. Sometimes I’ll try to preserve the solved edge but if I try too hard, I end up with much slower time. At this point, unless I’m at the edge pairing stage, I just blow thru a solved edge as if it’s not already solved.Sorry to see this thread slipping. I wish I had more to add. I had an unusual 4x4 solve just now, I wonder if anybody else has had similar: I use Yau, and after solving my 4th cross edge I saw that I had a complete f2l pair solved and (once I fixed my wrong color scheme) in the right place. I was able to preserve it for the rest of the solve, and ended up with a not-notable time of 1:31.xx.
How frustrating that would be! Was it the same alg you messed up or different?5BLD was disappointing. I fitted two full attempts into the time limit; both were slow and both DNFed by messing up the very last alg of the solve. The first time was frustrating, but to do it again was a facepalm moment.
Awesome pics and congrats on quitting smoking! Keep that going and crush life.
I haven't checked the video but I think it was the Y-perm/setup for the last corner. Certainly the centres were correct and the edges properly formed, so everything up until corners was done correctly. Some of the tredges were misplaced at the end, so it was an execution error during corners rather than a memo error or incorrect commutator.How frustrating that would be! Was it the same alg you messed up or different?
Nice report & congrats!!!Mini comp report from me.
I hadn't cubed at all since Leeds in July, due to a sore finger and being busy at work, and have rarely been on the forums either. I wasn't sure I would go to UK Championships last weekend, but I tried a few 4BLD solves four days beforehand and found I could still do it and wasn't much slower. So I did a little 4BLD and MBLD practice each day and went along with low expectations of my results.
At the event, I got a 5:06 4BLD success following two sub-5 DNFs. Not a PR, but I was pleased because it's a good time for me and my general pace of solving was back to when I was at my fastest two years ago. That break really seems to have helped.
5BLD was disappointing. I fitted two full attempts into the time limit; both were slow and both DNFed by messing up the very last alg of the solve. The first time was frustrating, but to do it again was a facepalm moment.
In MBLD, my first attempt was a tired 13/20 at the end of the first day after big blind and three FMC attempts. The second and final attempt was the following morning, fresh again, and I finally broke my PR from two years ago with an 18/20 in 59:41. Overall it was my 11th official attempt at 20 cubes since I set my 15 point PR, and finally breaking that PR was my highlight of the weekend. Came 4th, missing podium on time. Now I will need to up my pace and fit 21 cubes into the hour, as my strategy is to always attempt PR+5 cubes!
Finally, 3BLD. Despite lack of practice and not feeling ready, I set a 48.65 PR on the first solve. The memo just stuck very easily and was fast, for me, at about 20-21 seconds. Made it to the finals but all the rest of my solves were slow DNFs, including one which was so bad I bailed out without even starting execution. Definitely my 3BLD accuracy and consistency has suffered from the long break, and I was just lucky to get one good solve.
Also did 3x3, 4x4 and FMC but there's nothing much to say about those.
As always it was great to catch up with the UK seniors and rest of the UK crew, and congrats to everyone on their results.
A. Yes, that’s annoyingRant-mode:
Am I the only one getting annoyed and frustrated by post by young guys (my assumption) saying things like: "I have started cubing a short while ago (weeks, months) and average X seconds (X < 15). How do I get faster?"
If you started only a short while ago and are faster than many people will ever be no matter how hard they try, you have practised a lot, used many tutorials you do know where to find the stuff to improve further.
Stop annoying and frustrating those who will never be this fast!
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It is not that I don't believe them.I'm not annoyed by it. It's a fast of life. Kids learn faster. There's this one kid in the Netherlands who started a year ago and he's in the top 10 with regular top 5 finishes.
The fact is, youngsters improve way, way quicker than us oldies, and go further before hitting their limits. Even if there's an element of humblebragging involved, there's no point getting annoyed or frustrated about faster youngsters' progress or their desire to talk about it. Just enjoy your own progress and feel good about reaching your own goals - or if you're competitive, theres the oldies' rankings to watch!Stop annoying and frustrating those who will never be this fast!
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