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July 2015 - Worlds practice log

Posted by Feliks Zemdegs on

This month I’ll be detailing my preparation for the Rubik’s Cube World Championships, with daily entries.

June 1:

Had an ok competition yesterday (Cube for Cambodia 2015), the most pleasing results in 3x3, with a worst average of 7.54. If I can perform like that at worlds I’d be very very happy. One thing that I’ve noticed in the last few comps is that I tend to inspect poorly in 3x3, often pressured to start the solve before 8 seconds is called. I’m trying to avoid doing that, and keep my inspection as relaxed as possible, which I think sets a good tone for the solve itself.

Each day I’ll give an overview of what I practiced, and maybe a bit more. Today I practiced 5x5 for about an hour with pretty average times, as well as 3x3 for about an hour.

June 2:

Tried to get 12 sub-30 solves on 4x4 in a row. It took 3 hours but I finally got it in the end. That was enough practice for the day. I don’t do this sort of thing often, but I think it was good this time – the pressure builds up throughout the average, and a few times I got to 8 or 9 in a row and couldn’t complete the job.

(29.88), (23.45), 27.33, 27.92, 26.60, 27.35, 28.83, 26.25, 28.65, 27.92, 28.78, 28.26

June 3:

Minimal practice.

June 4:

About 90 minutes on 7x7, and 90 minutes on 3x3.

June 5:

A few random solves here and there, maybe 30-45 minutes total.

June 6:

1 hour of 7x7, 1 hour of OH. Got a sub 10 average of 5 for OH which was nice!

9.07, 10.39, 10.34, 12.39, 8.35 = 9.93

June 7: 

Did a few hours of 6x6 practice in the afternoon.

I decided at 11:30pm to do a full run through of a competition (the worlds schedule). I definitely underestimated how long that would take – I finished up at 2am. My results are in the table. This was a good session, particularly for 6x6, 7x7, and one-handed. Tallied 5 ‘world records’ – if only it were that easy!

For the 3x3 final I tried my best to emulate the atmosphere and environment in a worlds final.

  1. Really tired – Yep, it was 2am and I just wanted to go to bed
  2. Solve gaps + competition atmosphere – I played the finals video from the European Championship 2014 and did my solves in time with one of the finalists there, so I could replicate the gaps in between solves, and just hear the crowd noises. This is something I did before the 2013 worlds as well.
  3. Nerves – I can’t find a way to replicate nerves – I might do a little bit of research into it.

 

2x2

Round 1: 2.38, 1.46, 1.87, 1.48, 2.65 = 1.91

Round 2: 1.97, 2.42, 2.92, 2.67, 2.25 = 2.45 superWR

Round 3: 2.29, 2.16, 1.58, 2.65, 0.91 = 2.01

Final: 1.88, 2.96, 2.02, 2.56, 1.83 = 2.15

3x3

Round 1:  6.76, 8.07, 5.41, 6.51, 6.48 = 6.58

Round 2: 5.49, 8.61, 7.35, 6.35, 7.44 = 7.05

Round 3: 7.58, 6.48, 6.62, 7.26, 7.68 = 7.15

Final: 6.03, 6.39, 8.98, 7.55, 6.30 = 6.75

4x4

Round 1: 36.42, 33.10, 27.32, 32.43, 27.94 = 31.16

Round 2: 28.00, 30.04, 29.44, 31.70, 29.65 = 29.71

Round 3: 25.43, 29.57, 36.22, 32.04, 26.74 = 29.45

Final: 28.95, 30.27, 27.05, 29.26, 26.03 = 28.42

5x5

Round 1: 1:01.95, 57.44, 56.59, 58.82, 59.23 = 58.50

Round 2: 53.28, 45.92, 57.37, 54.67, 57.95 = 55.11

Final: 59.49, 56.66, 51.25, 57.71, 57.70 = 57.36

6x6

Round 1: 1:47.40, 1:38.19, 1:44.44 = 1:43.34

Final: 1:48.53, 1:57.60, 1:52.31 = 1:52.81

7x7

Round 1: 2:37.83, 2:41.75, 2:31.52 =2:37.03

Final: 2:39.71, 2:41.58, 2:46.84 = 2:42.71

OH

Round 1: 12.01, 10.03, 15.94, 12.09, 12.91 = 12.34

Round 2: 12.45, 12.84, 11.18, 11.56, 10.44 = 11.73

Round 3: 10.89, 11.10, 14.00, 13.35, 9.03 = 11.78

Final: 11.12, 12.60, 12.46, 9.39, 9.11 = 10.99

Mega

Round 1: 49.56, 49.52, 52.82, 58.10, 57.92 = 53.43

Final: 1:21.43, 57.95, 1:00.95, 52.10, 55.59 = 58.16

 

June 8:

Around 1 hour of 6x6 today.

June 9-11:

Forced myself to stop practicing so that I can pass my exams – Probably a good idea.

June 12:

An hour of 5x5 and an hour of 6x6 today.

June 13:

Ok so today Hays got a 1:33 official 6x6 solve. That’s ridiculous. So I basically just practiced 6x6 for about 3 hours. I probably get my most inconsistent times on 6x6, which can be attributed somewhat to parities. I’m looking forward to competing in 6x6 in South America – but then again I usually choke when I put too much pressure on myself. We’ll see how it goes I guess. 1:33 single is very very good, but I feel like the average is certainly up for grabs.

June 14:

1 hour of 6x6, and 1 hour of 7x7

June 15:

1 hour of 7x7, and about 90 mins of OH

June 16-18:

Back to studying, needed to cram for my last exam.

June 19: 

A couple of hours on 5x5 and a little bit of OH

June 20:

No practice

June 21:

Did around 5 or 6 hours in total today, just a little bit of everything – very productive practice.

June 22:

Perhaps a bit irrelevant, but Jordan Spieth is ridiculous - seems completely unfazed by pressure. 

With that in mind, I did a bunch of 3x3 final simulation (alongside a youtube video + sounds) to try and work on that. My times were good, but I wasn't particularly nervous, so I'm not sure how much use it was.

June 23: 

About 3 hours of straight 3x3

June 24: 

90 minutes of 3x3

June 25: 

3 hours - a bit of everything from 3x3-7x7 and OH.

June 26-30:

No practice. I think I’m reasonably well-prepared at this stage, and life got a bit busy giving me zero time to practice. Over the next 3 days before I leave I’ll complete a full run-through of the worlds schedule daily, and try to pick out weak points to work on.

July 1:

2x2

Round 1: 1.53, 2.71, 2.29, 2.11, 2.18 = 2.19

Round 2: 1.88, 1.09, 1.61, 1.42, 2.61 = 1.64 lolol

Round 3: 2.49, 3.09, 2.51, 1.28, 3.41 = 2.70

Final: 1.98, 3.65, 1.25, 2.79, 2.21 = 2.33

3x3

Round 1:  7.78, 4.48, 6.85, 8.06, 7.37 = 7.33

Round 2: 7.52, 7.61, 8.49, 8.53, 9.07 = 8.21 ugh no concentration

Round 3: 5.75, 7.20, 6.88, 8.71, 7.66 = 7.25

Final: 6.49, 6.79, 7.78, 6.04, 6.95 = 6.74

4x4

Round 1: 30.54, 28.58, 35.59, 29.54, 36.84 = 31.89

Round 2: 31.56, 25.54, 32.39, 27.46, 31.01 = 30.01

Round 3: 24.89, 30.20, 33.07, 30.61, 30.77 = 30.53

Final: 27.29, 32.55, 27.62, 24.70, 33.34 = 29.15

5x5

Round 1: 52.49, 59.11, 1:01.75, 59.87, 52.02 = 57.16

Round 2: 53.11, 57.50, 53.63, 1:03.46, 55.57 = 55.57

Final: 52.20, 1:00.30, 54.18, 55.07, 57.63 = 55.63

6x6

Round 1: 1:49.91, 1:58.33, 1:53.09 = 1:53.78

Final: 1:49.34, 1:44.67, 1:56.29 = 1:50.10

7x7

Round 1: 3:00.44, 2:49.71, 2:57.08 = 2:55.74

Final: 2:49.24, 2:44.81, 2:56.83 = 2:50.29

OH

Round 1: 13.20, 12.15, 13.18, 12.99, 16.88 = 13.12

Round 2: 12.33, 13.88, 11.11, 11.45, 9.86 = 11.63

Round 3: 14.66, 10.31, 9.51, 14.56, 10.74 = 11.87

Final: 14.02, 11.79, 8.24, 11.49, 9.74 = 11.01

Mega

Round 1: 1:10.75, 57.02, 1:03.02, 54.86, 58.19 = 59.41

Final: 51.46, 56.28, 54.38, 1:06.81, 47.40 = 54.14

 

Average results after the 5 day break. Only really completely satisfied with the OH times. It was to be expected though, and I'm sure tomorrow will yield better results. 

July 2:

2x2

Round 1: 1.91, 2.96, 2.84, 2.58, 2.77 = 2.73

Round 2: 2.64, 2.73, 3.03, 2.20, 2.36 = 2.58

Round 3: 3.31, 2.03, 1.88, 2.51, 2.18 = 2.24

Final: 1.52, 2.20, 1.53, 1.85, 1.16 = 1.63 lolol

3x3

Round 1: 7.30, 7.69, 6.77, 7.06, 7.19 = 7.18

Round 2: 7.95, 6.72, 6.85, 6.81, 6.12 = 6.79

Round 3: 7.21, 6.85, 5.98, 6.42, 6.72 = 6.66

Final: 6.70, 5.50, 5.70, 7.31, 5.55 = 5.98  yeeeeee

4x4

Round 1: 34.13, 30.18, 31.46, 22.86, 27.41 = 29.68

Round 2: 34.42, 26.00, 30.35, 30.40, 25.33 = 28.92

Round 3: 30.20, 26.34, 29.34, 29.36, 25.40 = 28.35

Final: 25.22, 27.70, 32.35, 25.83, 32.68 = 28.63

5x5

Round 1: 50.01, 49.22, 51.70, 59.77, 59.05 = 53.59

Round 2: 56.29, 1:01.03, 54.40, 50.41, 55.82 = 55.50

Final: 55.51, 53.26, 53.41, 56.18, 56.50 = 55.03

6x6

Round 1: 1:36.25, 1:40.91, 1:35.49 = 1:37.55 lol wut

Final: 1:52.71, 1:55.18, 1:55.34 = 1:54.41 lol wut

7x7

Round 1: 2:54.00, 2:40.14, 2:43.97 = 2:46.04

Final: 2:40.46, 2:43.47, 2:49.86 = 2:44.60

OH

Round 1: 12.27, 14.09, 15.77, 11.36, 12.75 = 13.04

Round 2: 16.10, 11.03, 13.35, 11.87, 9.49 = 12.08

Round 3: 11.21, 14.90, 12.29, 13.29, 13.39 = 12.99

Final: 14.06, 13.41, 12.07, 13.87, 11.22 = 13.12

Mega

Round 1: 1:07.85, 1:05.69, 1:03.53, 54.94, 1:00.48 = 1:03.23  cold hands

Final: 48.95, 52.29, 59.39, 58.06, 50.20 = 53.52

 

Much better than yesterday. 6x6 went from really good to really bad. Otherwise, pretty happy across the board with these times. 3-5 were very solid.

July 3:

2x2

Round 1: 2.11, 1.33, 2.13, 2.19, 2.19 = 2.14

Round 2: 1.85, 1.88, 2.28, 1.94, 2.87 = 2.03

Round 3: 2.50, 2.56, 2.68, 1.96, 1.65 = 2.34

Final: 1.76, 2.70, 2.43, 2.13, 2.18 = 2.25

3x3

Round 1: 6.25, 7.03, 6.43, 7.30, 7.40 = 6.92

Round 2: 10.97, 6.25, 7.44, 7.56, 5.91 = 7.08

Round 3: 6.98, 7.22, 8.32, 7.86, 7.26 = 7.45

Final: 7.20, 6.48, 6.19, 9.19, 7.14 = 6.94

4x4

Round 1: 31.99, 30.54, 37.41, 27.94, 29.14 = 30.56

Round 2: 27.99, 28.29, 34.78, 29.74, 31.04 = 29.69

Round 3: 33.34, 33.22, 29.83, 32.40, 35.38 = 32.99 ugh wtf

Final: 29.47, 31.63, 30.59, 24.35, 34.26 = 30.56

5x5

Round 1: 1:05.36, 59.55, 51.98, 50.19, 49.85 = 53.91

Round 2: 1:05.62, 52.01, 54.87, 51.00, 58.72 = 55.20

Final: 1:00.33, 57.01, 51.00, 52.43, 57.34 = 55.59

6x6

Round 1: 1:45.52, 1:48.37, 1:47.68 = 1:47.19

Final: 1:50.77, 1:41.59, 1:42.16 = 1:44.84

7x7

Round 1: 2:39.49, 2:45.67, 2:21.18 = 2:35.45 that single though

Final: 2:41.22, 2:42.71, 2:33.81 = 2:39.25

OH

Round 1: 11.78, 13.18, 10.66, 13.23, 13.17 = 12.71

Round 2: 8.22, 12.52, 14.02, 13.45, 23.17 = 13.33

Round 3: 11.79, 10.87, 14.30, 12.12, 16.67 = 12.74

Final: 14.88, 12.59, 10.75, 10.88, 14.03 = 12.50

Mega

Round 1: 1:00.07, 58.50, 59.15, 54.32, 49.17 = 57.32

Final: 49.80, 52.96, 53.06, 57.83, 54.78 = 53.60

 

Great times on the big cubes, although 4x4 was a bit off. I've probably neglected megaminx and 4x4 a little bit in the lead-up, but I'll still have a bit of time to work on those whilst in Peru. I really enjoy being able to travel with cubers, it's very motivating being around a bunch of others who are also practicing.

Looking forward to a great trip.

 

 

 


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4 comments

  • what’s a superWR?

    me on
  • coool

    jake on
  • Feliks,
    my birthday is on the 19 of July, the last day of competition. For my birthday I want you to give me a world record single. It does not matter in what, just as long as you don’t hold it already. No pressure. I’m counting on you.

    Andrew on
  • Feliks at your home you do super at 3×3 but when you go to competitions you get bad times. Why is that?

    Heechan Chae on

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