Hey guys, I decided to upload two videos to youtube of me solving the cube. Perhaps you guys can give me some constructive criticism on how I can get better? : )
They were both bad solves, with a little luck involved, so I'm not happy with that. My recognition times were a fraction of a second slower than usual, though perhaps that's because of nerves. Yeah, I get nervous just recording myself, I'm weird aren't I? Just imagine how badly I'd do at competition! = /
My best average to date is 46.8 seconds...so I can usually solve the cube in around 50 seconds with a 'bad' solve. I've reached the point I get a 40 second solve and I'm just like "Blah, that could have been a lot better", simply because I felt like I went so slow! (Whereas before I'd be ecstatic over any solve time less than 45 seconds.) Does anyone know what I mean? Eh...oh well...
Here's the video of a 41 second solve, with me almost dropping the cube at the beginning because of nerves... (this video, you will notice that I did the PLL twice. NERVES! i did the wrong one the first time
And this one is the 39 second one, with the +2 penalty though
(if this link isn't working, try again later. for some reason my other video uploaded quickly, but not this one)
I also have a question for the more experienced cubers: How do you overcome nerves? I'm really bad at that when it comes to anything mildly important. Nerves just totally take over and I end up doing ten times as bad. In terms of cubing though, when I do it under pressure, the only thing I can think about is "hm, I wonder if I will even be able to solve the cube...oh sure, I could solve it, but in under a minute? man, if I mess up even just one algorithm, then my entire cube would be messed up..."
Those thoughts just completely take over my mind, and I can't even think of algorithms anymore...
Kinda like taking a test where there are five questions, and missing even one of them yields an 80%...but here, it's like getting a 0% if you mess up one even one...