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Manxkiwi

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Hi there, thought I'd better get a post in here, as I'm 56.. I have done my intro in the intro section (obviously).

Got back into it in 2015 after previously cubing in the 80s. Goals at the moment are to (hopefully) get sub 30 over 100/500, currently 36. Also maybe enter an official competition, just for fun and maybe to feel like a surrogate grandfather to all the other competitors!!! Lol..

Looking forward to conversing with fellow cubers. Cheers.
 

Dan the Beginner

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Welcome! That'a a lot of cubes you have there. You are nowhere near the oldest, but I think you are among the top cubing oldies. I am 75 and I know there are older cubers here. I am sub 2 minutes.
 

One Wheel

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WCA
2016BAIR04
It's sad to see this thread languish.

I just got a full set of 5x5 PB averages: the MGC is good.
Mo3: 1:55.10
Ao5: 1:57.59
Ao12: 2:04.18
Ao50: 2:08.97
Ao100: 2:12.22
Ao500: 2:16.23
Ao1000: 2:17.46

I'm trying to set up a pair of competitions in January, anybody have good leads on lining up a delegate? It seems that the guys who might otherwise be available are concerned about Covid. I can respect their concerns, but that's not where I or most people around here are at. I think I can run the competition pretty cheaply, and cover reasonable travel costs with registration fees.
 

OtterCuber

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It's sad to see this thread languish.

I just got a full set of 5x5 PB averages: the MGC is good.
Mo3: 1:55.10
Ao5: 1:57.59
Ao12: 2:04.18
Ao50: 2:08.97
Ao100: 2:12.22
Ao500: 2:16.23
Ao1000: 2:17.46

I'm trying to set up a pair of competitions in January, anybody have good leads on lining up a delegate? It seems that the guys who might otherwise be available are concerned about Covid. I can respect their concerns, but that's not where I or most people around here are at. I think I can run the competition pretty cheaply, and cover reasonable travel costs with registration fees.

Hey, glad to see this thread alive again. I haven't been to a competition before, but the WCA forums might be a good place to seek advice.

Great 5x5 averages by the way!
 
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Jason Green

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WCA
2016GREE02
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It's sad to see this thread languish.

I just got a full set of 5x5 PB averages: the MGC is good.
Mo3: 1:55.10
Ao5: 1:57.59
Ao12: 2:04.18
Ao50: 2:08.97
Ao100: 2:12.22
Ao500: 2:16.23
Ao1000: 2:17.46

I'm trying to set up a pair of competitions in January, anybody have good leads on lining up a delegate? It seems that the guys who might otherwise be available are concerned about Covid. I can respect their concerns, but that's not where I or most people around here are at. I think I can run the competition pretty cheaply, and cover reasonable travel costs with registration fees.
I still peak in every day or so. 😁
 

pglewis

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Sep 23, 2016
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Cincinnati
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2016LEWI07
It's sad to see this thread languish.

I just got a full set of 5x5 PB averages: the MGC is good.
Mo3: 1:55.10
Ao5: 1:57.59
Ao12: 2:04.18
Ao50: 2:08.97
Ao100: 2:12.22
Ao500: 2:16.23
Ao1000: 2:17.46

[...]
I still cruise by here every couple of weeks at worst.

I love the fact that your 5x5 Ao5 is 10 seconds faster than my 4x4 Ao5 :D. I'm soooo bad at big cubes, they amplify all my weaknesses. Good to see you around and great job on those 5x5 averages.
 

pglewis

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3x3 is about the only thing I've done for ages and still only marginal progress there. I haven't done a 3-bld solve in 2 or 3 years and would have to relearn a lot just to get back into it (though I will, one day). I occasionally get fascinated by a non-WCA puzzle for a week or two, 2x2x3 tower was a fun, brief diversion about a month ago. After a long hiatus I've been doing some casual 4x4 and 5x5 solves a couple times a month, basically just enough not to forget the damn OLL parity lol.

I've been doing a lot of "fluency" work on my 3x3 solves, primarily to minimize regrips during F2L and get my pairs to flow more fluidly. Faster/smoother back slot pairs and giving high priority to solving back slots early is tied-in with that. It has been slow going. I have a lot of bad habits to break, muscle memory to retrain, and new fingertricks to get used to. I haven't been timing much for obvious reasons, just occasional check-ins to see if my potential is at least making any movement, but I'd been stalled for so long I resigned myself to the possibility that I may just be permanently stuck in the low 20s. I had a couple great sessions last week though, a full-step 13.8, a bunch of 14s and 15s, and when my lookahead was actually clicking I could sub 20 even screwing up and doing two OLLs. Still needs work and consistency but it felt good to be yawning over mid 17s when I was peaking.
 

openseas

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Oct 11, 2015
Messages
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WCA
2015PARK24
3x3 is about the only thing I've done for ages and still only marginal progress there. I haven't done a 3-bld solve in 2 or 3 years and would have to relearn a lot just to get back into it (though I will, one day). I occasionally get fascinated by a non-WCA puzzle for a week or two, 2x2x3 tower was a fun, brief diversion about a month ago. After a long hiatus I've been doing some casual 4x4 and 5x5 solves a couple times a month, basically just enough not to forget the damn OLL parity lol.

I've been doing a lot of "fluency" work on my 3x3 solves, primarily to minimize regrips during F2L and get my pairs to flow more fluidly. Faster/smoother back slot pairs and giving high priority to solving back slots early is tied-in with that. It has been slow going. I have a lot of bad habits to break, muscle memory to retrain, and new fingertricks to get used to. I haven't been timing much for obvious reasons, just occasional check-ins to see if my potential is at least making any movement, but I'd been stalled for so long I resigned myself to the possibility that I may just be permanently stuck in the low 20s. I had a couple great sessions last week though, a full-step 13.8, a bunch of 14s and 15s, and when my lookahead was actually clicking I could sub 20 even screwing up and doing two OLLs. Still needs work and consistency but it felt good to be yawning over mid 17s when I was peaking.
That's a good progress you've made!
 

One Wheel

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2016BAIR04
I seem to have forgotten the longer M-slice target algs for M2. I need to look them up. Every once in a while I scramble a 3x3 and then solve edges only, and try to work out 3-style algs for corners, in getting better at that but far from ready to try it blindfolded. I'm getting a fair bit of practice at 5x5 and 6x6 recently, sub-2 5x5 no longer warrants excitement, but I'm definitely not there consistently.
 
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