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Older cubers discussions

GRVigo

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Hello everyone. There is a new competition in my city, at first I was not going to sign up, but since it was the last day of registration and the space was not full, I decided.

I am 49 years old, I have never competed, I solve the cube between 20-30 seconds and in blind it takes between 7-9 minutes (lately I don't have much time to practice). I have a feeling I'm going to get there and feel out of place.

Those of you who have gone through a similar experience, how was it?

PD: I think 'Older Cubers' should have his own sub-forum.
 

One Wheel

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Wisconsin
WCA
2016BAIR04
Hello everyone. There is a new competition in my city, at first I was not going to sign up, but since it was the last day of registration and the space was not full, I decided.

I am 49 years old, I have never competed, I solve the cube between 20-30 seconds and in blind it takes between 7-9 minutes (lately I don't have much time to practice). I have a feeling I'm going to get there and feel out of place.

Those of you who have gone through a similar experience, how was it?

PD: I think 'Older Cubers' should have his own sub-forum.
I barely qualify as an older cuber (37, and come to think of it I was 32 at the last competition I attended. Doesn't seem like that long.) You'll probably feel a little out of place, but you won't be. Have fun, and just try to beat yourself.
 

JohnnyReggae

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Jan 21, 2015
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Cape Town, South Africa
WCA
2015BOSW01
Hello everyone. There is a new competition in my city, at first I was not going to sign up, but since it was the last day of registration and the space was not full, I decided.

I am 49 years old, I have never competed, I solve the cube between 20-30 seconds and in blind it takes between 7-9 minutes (lately I don't have much time to practice). I have a feeling I'm going to get there and feel out of place.

Those of you who have gone through a similar experience, how was it?

PD: I think 'Older Cubers' should have his own sub-forum.
Do it, you'll have fun regardless. I was 45 when I attended my first comp. It did feel a bit weird being surrounded by kids mostly around 10-13, but I started helping out which I found quickly gives you an "in" with everyone. People start to feel more comfortable and soon you'll be "cube-speaking" with everyone.

I'm 54 now and regularly attend competitions. I'm the oldest competitor at all the comps I've attended by a country mile with a few exceptions. The next oldest are usually the other delegates delegating with me in their 20's. I like that I can mostly hold my own against the kids and get a kick out of being in the finals of some of the events. I even managed 3rd in blind at our last comp despite my terrible time. Sometimes all it takes is not to fail ;-)
 

UncleFrank

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May 9, 2022
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USA
Hello everyone. There is a new competition in my city, at first I was not going to sign up, but since it was the last day of registration and the space was not full, I decided.

I am 49 years old, I have never competed, I solve the cube between 20-30 seconds and in blind it takes between 7-9 minutes (lately I don't have much time to practice). I have a feeling I'm going to get there and feel out of place.

Those of you who have gone through a similar experience, how was it?

PD: I think 'Older Cubers' should have his own sub-forum.

Welcome to the crowd.
Keep up with how other seniors 40+ are doing in wca competitions -
(wca doesn't have age brackets, but there is an unofficial senior rankings site)
https://wca-seniors.org/index.html
https://wca-seniors.org/Senior_Rankings.html
and once you've been to a competition, you should sign up on that site, too.

There's also a Facebook group you may be interested in -
Senior Cubers Worldwide

and I think there are a few senior cubers in the /r/Cubers sub on Reddit.com
 

stoic

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Feb 17, 2011
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Location
Northern Ireland
WCA
2013DEAR01
I participated in the competition yesterday and I can only say that I felt very good, just a little disappointed that I could not make a valid attempt in blind. I'm already looking forward to repeating.

Thanks to those of you who encouraged me to participate, you were right.
Something to aim at for the next comp!
 

js5752

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Apr 11, 2017
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Do it, you'll have fun regardless. I was 45 when I attended my first comp. It did feel a bit weird being surrounded by kids mostly around 10-13, but I started helping out which I found quickly gives you an "in" with everyone. People start to feel more comfortable and soon you'll be "cube-speaking" with everyone.

I'm 54 now and regularly attend competitions. I'm the oldest competitor at all the comps I've attended by a country mile with a few exceptions. The next oldest are usually the other delegates delegating with me in their 20's. I like that I can mostly hold my own against the kids and get a kick out of being in the finals of some of the events. I even managed 3rd in blind at our last comp despite my terrible time. Sometimes all it takes is not to fail ;-)

I'm so glad for this thread. I did my first, and only so far, comp in 2017 and felt awkward at 43. My wife laughed that I was sitting there competing with 10 year old kids. I still had fun. It's nice to see I'm not the only one that feels like a fish out of water. Maybe I'll hit another comp when one comes near me. This has encouraged me to give it another go and not worry that I'm older that some of the parents.
 

Mike Hughey

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I'm so glad for this thread. I did my first, and only so far, comp in 2017 and felt awkward at 43. My wife laughed that I was sitting there competing with 10 year old kids. I still had fun. It's nice to see I'm not the only one that feels like a fish out of water. Maybe I'll hit another comp when one comes near me. This has encouraged me to give it another go and not worry that I'm older that some of the parents.
There are always some college-age kids at least at the competitions, and they're usually pretty happy to talk to a 43-year-old with shared interests; that was about how old I was when I started, and they welcomed me. And every year there are more older cubers, so perhaps next time you try, you'll find a few other old folks to talk to there as well.
 
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