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Good news... my first solve of today's competition was a 4BLD success, a 7:14 and a NR! Ended up just 2 swapped centers away from my first official 4BLD mean.

I finally got it with a dose of extra luck. Working out opposite or adjacent edge swaps on both sides felt really intuitive but I was still stumped by opp/adj on one side and a 3-cycle on the other. I was still experimenting with ideas in that direction and accidentally got it solved, accompanied by a legit gasp.

Next up I guess I'll finally learn notation and a parity alg.

I can't help you on a philosophical level, I'm still in denial that I, myself, am the same age as old people.

As it relates to the hobby: there is no official answer. The WCA does not have age divisions nor do they specifically track any stats by age group.

Unofficially, @Logiqx maintains a senior rankings list using official results data. Those rankings currently start at age 40 (at the time of the competition results) and can be filtered by decade from there, over 40, over 50, ...

In general: given the median age I've seen at comps I'm sure people speed-solving in their mid 20s probably feel like older cubers and I couldn't say they're wrong.

Friendly reminder to all over 40s who have competed in a WCA competition. I maintain this website listing senior rankings, upcoming competitions, etc. If you aren't listed then please consider registering.

First "full-step" sub 10 today!!! Previous I only had 2 sub10 with skips before.

9.543
L2 F2 U B2 U L2 D2 F2 R2 D U' B' R U F2 R2 F2 D R' D' R'
x D' F2 R2 D2 // x-cross (4)
U' L' U L // pair (4)
y' U L' U2 L2 U L' // pair (6)
U L' U2 L U L' U' L // pair (8)
[ l' U L' U L U2 L' // OLL - fat sune (7)
R U R' F' R U R' U' R' F R2 U' R' U // PLL - Jperm (14)
43 HTM (~4.5 tps)

My all-out assault on the over-60 records this weekend is done now. If no one else beats my times this weekend, I should hold the #1 spot for over-60 cubers for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, megaminx, Square-1, skewb, clock, OH, fewest moves singles and 2, 3, OH, clock, pyraminx, skewb, and fewest moves averages. I'm over-60 #2 for 2 and pyraminx singles and for 3BLD single and mean.

Great fun! It will be interesting to see how many weeks it lasts before the really good cubers start aging into the category. It was so nice and lucky to get to a competition with so many events just a couple of weeks after my birthday!! Much thanks to the organizers of the Ohio State Expo Open for a really fun and well-run competition.

First comp in 4 years today. I got a pb Ao12 while practicing at the venue (12.983). Managed to get sub-15 average on first round (14.732) despite 2 16.xy solves.
Update: the rest of my stuff didn’t go too well but someone got NAR single (3.8x)

First comp in 4 years today. I got a pb Ao12 while practicing at the venue (12.983). Managed to get sub-15 average on first round (14.732) despite 2 16.xy solves.
Update: the rest of my stuff didn’t go too well but someone got NAR single (3.8x)

I was at a competition when Zayn Khanani set a 2x2 WR Average, except I was across the street grabbing lunch at the time. I was at a competition when Stanley Chapel set a 4BLD WR Single, except I was solving and blindfolded at the time. And I was at World Champs 2019 when the Skewb WR single was set and, like everyone else in attendance, I completely missed it.

Stanley Chapel set a 4BLD WR Single, except I was solving and blindfolded at the time. And I was at World Champs 2019 when the Skewb WR single was set and, like everyone else in attendance, I completely missed it.

Friendly reminder to all over 40s who have competed in a WCA competition. I maintain this website listing senior rankings, upcoming competitions, etc. If you aren't listed then please consider registering.

2022-07-12
Average of 12: 14.346
1. 14.085 U2 F2 D' L2 U' B2 U' F2 L2 D2 R F2 U F L B U R U' B
2. 15.172 B2 L2 U B2 F2 D R2 D B2 D' U' L F' U2 F D L' B R' F' U
3. 13.323 D' F2 D' B2 R2 D F2 U' B2 R2 F R F L' B2 R' F2 R' U B' R2
4. 14.545 U F2 U B2 R2 U B2 D' F' D2 F D' R' D2 F U F2 R'
5. (15.639) D2 L' B U R U F U R' D2 R2 B' R2 U2 B2 R2 F R2 U2 R2
6. 14.372 L2 U2 B2 D B2 D' B2 L2 U' B2 D B L' U' R' D2 F' U R2 B F
7. 15.143 U2 R' F2 U2 F2 R2 U2 L F2 D2 L B' L D' R2 D2 U R' D' L2 D2
8. 13.707 D' L2 F2 L2 R2 U F2 D L2 F2 D' R D F2 R2 B' R' D U' F L
9. 13.920 D2 R2 U' B2 D B2 R2 F2 L2 B' D' B2 R' F2 L2 U2 R' F2 R' U
10. 15.044 D R2 B2 R2 D2 B2 D' L2 D' B2 R2 F U' L' R2 U R' B' D' F' R
11. (12.716) F2 L F2 L F2 R' B2 F2 L' D2 U2 B F' L U' F' R' F' L2 B2 R'
12. 14.145 B2 L2 D' F2 D B2 D2 F2 U' B2 U2 R B' U L B2 R2 D' U' L D

Still using the same old ValkM, even thou I should really get some new updated cubes ...

Good news... my first solve of today's competition was a 4BLD success, a 7:14 and a NR! Ended up just 2 swapped centers away from my first official 4BLD mean.

Since the above, I've learned how to do 5BLD. First competition with 5BLD was a disaster as there was far too much noise (outside the competition's control). I did somehow manage to scrape together a slow 4BLD success, but double DNFed the 5BLD.

And now I've just returned from an overseas trip where I attended 2 competitions, one of which had all the BLD events. I managed to improve my NR 4BLD to 6:53 and got my first competitive 5BLD success with a 20:44. This 5BLD time was slower than most of my at-home attempts as I had a long pause where I forgot my 3rd letter pair of X-centers and had to reconstruct my memo. Despite this slow time, it was actually faster than my first ever competitive 4BLD success, and is also the new NR.

So, I had a good session today.
I started cubing back in 2018, went at it for a few months, got to about 80s average using LBL only, with a PB of 59s, then stopped.
I restarted a bit in 2020, learnt F2L and most of 2-look OLL, but I never managed to get as fast (slow, of course) and I stopped again.
I restarted a couple of weeks ago with some gusto, and today something finally clicked. I lowered my average down to about 75s, and I got a PB of 50s, which I can hardly believe.
I hope I can remain motivated because I am enjoying myself, despite my very high times.
I am sure if I keep practicing I will improve, so I am setting now a target of 30s PB and 45s average. Let's see if I can do it.

"I am sure if I keep practicing I will improve"
That's the right approach. The 30 secs barrier is a significant one .. I remember having a single PB of 32 secs when I left school (1984). Close, but not sub. Only when I started university, and met my friend Chris, who could manage 28sec ( with corners-first ) was I motivated enough to practice ( and modify my hardware ) enough to get a 29sec YES!
It was another decade before I got much better, though, hehe.