5 years ago
Hi guys - as some of you might be aware, I attended speedcubing competitions over the last two weekends. The first one was in Melbourne (where I live), and the second was in Auckland, New Zealand.
Cube For Cambodia 2017 took place in Melbourne on Sunday the 7th of May, as a fundraising event for a high school’s efforts to raise money for resources and projects to assist with the development of villages in Cambodia. Ethan (the organiser) has held this event for 3 years in a row, and always does an excellent job.
My main events for the day were 3x3, 3x3 OH, and 5x5. I started out a bit shakily in the first round of 3x3, with a couple of silly cross mistakes and LL lockups leading to a 7.24 average, despite doing a considerable amount of warm up solves before the round. The second round of 3x3 was a bit better - I started out with a couple of 6.5s, but had a timer reset DNF on my third solve, and then two 7 second solves to finish off the round. Still, it’s always nice to get sub 7 in competition - the average was 6.96. I was able to improve on that average in the final round and post a 6.67 average, even after completely messing up a PLL on solve #2 and getting an 11. If I had my time again, I would have probably done the OLL 56 algorithm (on solve #4) and then either the resultant U or H permutation, rather than trying to be fancy by doing FRURUF into a ZBLL, it didn’t quite work out as I hoped.
5x5 was fairly standard aside from a 1:03 solve which was all sorts of terrible. I ended with a 52 average in round 1 and a 51 average in the final. I was quite pleased with my 11.06 OH average in the final as well, a result of some easy last layer cases. It was good to finally compete again after a couple of months off!
Here is the video of my 6.67 3x3 average from the final round.
Last weekend, I headed across to New Zealand for Techweek NZ 2017 in Auckland. I had previously competed twice in NZ back in 2009 and 2010, the former being my first official WCA competition - back when we had no competitions or WCA delegate in Australia at all. Registration for this comp filled up very quickly, good signs for the growth of speedcubing over there. The competition ran really well and many of the New Zealanders broke national records, including the first sub-10 3x3 average.
My results were fairly mixed - some good signs but some frustrating mistakes as well. On the first day I competed in 5x5, 6x6 and 7x7. I neglected to practice 7x7 in the last couple of weeks so my 2:32 average was probably a fair reflection of that. 6x6 was a bit better, including a 1:32 with double parity which was a nice start to my average. 5x5 was slightly better again - in the finals I managed to record a sub 50 average which included a counting 47, 49, and 51, but missed the WR by about half a second.
On Sunday we woke up bright and early for the half-hour walk to the venue, arriving at around 8am. Despite what my results suggest (11.65 and 13.10 averages), I was pretty happy with the majority of my 3x3 OH solves, but in the finals I messed up an OLL algorithm on one attempt and then DNFed a nice solve by rushing my PLL to try and get a fast time. 4x4 round 1 was passable, and I got a 26.5 average in the finals (featuring a counting 23, 26 and 29). My 3x3 solves on the day were pretty inconsistent, with the single sub 7 average (6.75) coming in the second round. My 7.60 average in round 1 is my worst this year - I guess despite fluctuating single solves, it’s nice to know that my averages have been fairly consistent so far in 2017!
Here is the video of my 6.75 3x3 average in round 2.
I was pretty exhausted at the end of the weekend, but the trip was well worth it. Next stop: South America!
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