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 Post subject: My first videos - around 40 secondsPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:02 pm

Joined: Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:36 pm
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...

Thanks!

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Cubing since December 2006
3x3x3 Best Average : 38.84 seconds
3x3x3 Fastest Single Solve : 26.80 seconds

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 Post subject: Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:42 pm

Joined: Mon Jul 12, 2004 3:30 pm
Location: Dallas, Texas
Nice. Keep up the good work. I think with more practice you could get great times.

As far as the nerves, I have less of it for videos, so I'm not sure what I can contribute for that, but I shake a ton if I'm nervous in front of a small or large crowd. I realize that I almost always mention, "I'm gunna be shakin' like crazy. Ya'll are makin' me nervous!" jokingly, but it's true. I think this is something I just do so that it isn't a surprise to everyone and it'll in turn calm me down more. Just see what works for you, maybe just some repetitive deep breathing.

You should see me sometimes though, my hands really will shake like crazy. Isn't good for the speed, haha.

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pb 22.19
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27.61 = 26.74, 26.69, 26.98, 23.16, 26.14, 24.63, 23.71, (22.19), 30.41, (35.42), 34.97, 32.69

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 Post subject: Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:05 am

Joined: Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:36 pm
Heh, well I just got a new best average so I'm kinda happy about that...

I suppose I could prevent myself from getting frustrated by telling myself "gee, one month ago I would have been ecstatic over a 1.5 minute solve...so there's no reason for me to be mad now" haha. blah, maybe i have too high expectations for myself...

Here's how i would compute the times I would likely achieve in competition though...

PB Average + 3 seconds (to account for 'current average', after all, we rarely keep up with our Best Average for until much later) + 10 seconds (to account for nerves in competition)

So, based on that, I should expect to achieve 58 second averages in competition. haha oh boy...

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Cubing since December 2006
3x3x3 Best Average : 38.84 seconds
3x3x3 Fastest Single Solve : 26.80 seconds

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 Post subject: Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:02 am

Joined: Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:54 pm
Well... if you want to get faster, do cross on bottom or left and memorize ur cross before u start. Also your f2l has too much cube turning. Learn to do it from all sides. Looks like you have no finger tricks... all wrist turns. If you use your fingers you will probably reduce your time by a lot a lot.

To overcome nerves, I think theres already a topic on this but. Tell everyone that you are really nervous. Practice some finger tricks before you do the solve. And stretch your fingers. Do practice solves before you are ready to show it etc. If they've seen you already. If not. Don't be too afraid that you will be slow. Most people haven't even seen someone solve the cube. Tell them if you try very hard you can solve it in under 2 min or you've never solved it. And they will be much more amazed when you solve it even if it's slowly.

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 Post subject: Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:54 pm

Joined: Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:02 pm
Location: Ohio
lol... yeah lets tell him to cheat and tell everyone that hes a n00b... good strategy!

I get a little nervous too, but sometimes it makes me go faster so taht i can just get it oevr with!

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<b>3x3x3 Best Average: 0:30.9
3x3x3 Best Solve (Unlucky): 0:21.xx
3x3x3 Best Solve (Lucky): 0.20.xx

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 Post subject: Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:02 am

Joined: Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:36 pm
cheat? tell everyone im a noob? im a bit confused here...

and as per getting nervous, i was talking about actually going to your first competition - i have little trouble solving the cube in front of friends and other random people, but when it comes to official competitions...

check out my new average! sub-40 finally!

----- JNetCube Best Average for Fri Feb 02 23:40:03 PST 2007 -----

Average: 39.79

Fastest Time: 35.72
Slowest Time: 45.88
Standard Deviation: 02.80

Individual Times:
1) 40.69 D' R2 L' F' B' R' D' F2 R U F' R' U F2 D R L2 D' R L D2 B' U2 L2 U
2) 42.89 U' B L' D2 L2 D2 R U' D2 R L D2 F2 D' B2 L' F' L2 U2 L2 R2 D F' R F'
3) 44.53 F' L D B R' L' U' F L2 U2 R' B' D2 U R2 U R F2 L' D F2 U D2 F2 B
4) 36.81 F' U R2 B R' D U' B2 F2 R2 U' B' L F' R2 L2 F2 B R B2 L F2 R2 L' U2
5) 37.19 L' F' U F R L D B2 L2 D B' R' L2 F2 R' L2 D' U2 R' U2 B2 U F' B' R2
6) 38.75 B' F' R' B2 D F' U' B' R F B' L' F2 B' R2 B2 L' R2 F2 B L' R' B' D F2
7) 39.59 L' D2 U2 B' R' L2 B2 F' R2 B2 U F2 D' L2 U' B2 U2 B' L' U2 R' L2 B' R' L2
8) 42.78 F R' D R' D' R L' F R' F D' B R U' R2 U R' U' R2 D2 U' F R2 U2 D2
9) (45.88) L B L' D2 R U2 F2 U F' B L' B' D L2 F' L F' D2 U2 B2 D B2 D2 R' B
10) (35.72) L2 U' B D2 L2 D' F2 L F2 B R B' F R2 L' F R' L F2 B' R2 F D' L F
11) 37.64 U2 B D L D B2 U2 D L' F U' F2 B2 D R U D L' B D' U' B' F U2 R
12) 37.06 B2 F2 D' R' U2 R2 L' U R F' U2 R U2 R D' L' F2 B L' F' U L' D2 B' F

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Cubing since December 2006
3x3x3 Best Average : 38.84 seconds
3x3x3 Fastest Single Solve : 26.80 seconds

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