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Welcome Thay Cambridge 2015

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#29
It's goals time! (Well, a bit early).

Pyraminx: sub-10/sub-13
Skewb: sub-25/sub-27
3BLD: success/not happening
3x3x3: sub-19/sub-comp pb single
4x4x4: sub-2/not happening
5x5x5: sub-4/not happening
Sq-1: sub-1 maybe if I continue practicing/sub-1:20
OH: sub-45/sub-50
FMC: NR or sub-30 (pick one)/boo no mean :(

See you all soon!
 
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You'll get lucky eventually.
I average 1:10 now. I think I'll make it. Never mind about changing the cutoff haha. Also, which hotels to stay in? I haven't been to Cambridge since I was 5, and since my Christmas exeat begins a couple of days before the competition, my parents are considering going round Cambridge again.
 

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#40
Yeah, people should practise for half an hour instead of asking for cutoffs to be changed.
What is harsh about soft cuts is that they are a barrier to registering an official average at all, even a slow one. What's more, it's inconsistent between countries and events. There are plenty of people slower than me with official 5x5 averages.

Since I started 5x5 I have done 600 timed solves at an overall average of 3:18, which allowing time for scrambling and inspection is about 50 hours of practice, maybe 60-70 with untimed solves and other practice. I know there are people who put in much more, but that's a significant investment born from genuine interest and enthusiasm, not just "half an hour". I'm now at about 2:45, so closing in on the cut, but it will take a lot more effort to get there.

BTW, my question was in jest, and I'm not really complaining, just making an observation and giving the perspective of a competitor who's affected by the cut. I understand the practical reasons for needing harsher cuts on more time-consuming events, and I accept it. In a way it's good to have the cut as a goal rather than some arbitrary PB time, and without the cut I wouldn't ever have the motivation and gratification of beating it :D.
 
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