I got a 19.92 average a little while ago and thought I'd share some
things I noticed. It was only sub-20 by .08 seconds, but it still
counts enough for me. My average average is a little under 23.00
seconds, so this was somewhat unexpected. It beats my previous
average record by more than a second.
I was taking an average of 100 (21.67 seconds), and it came 70 or so
solves in. I got so flustered after I realized I'd broken 20 that I
got nervous and slowed way down for almost another whole average.
After that, I got it down to about 20.75 for a while. I did a few
things different than I usually do, and I think they helped.
Normally, I can find the cross in the 15 seconds, but I generally
can't do it blindfolded. For a while, though, tonight, I noticed I
was able to see the cross within 4 or 5 seconds, and could spend the
rest of the time memorizing it and planning for my first pair.
Forcing myself to find at least an edge that will be in the U layer
after the cross seemed to help a lot. Also, I noticed that I was
doing the cross much more efficiently than usual. Good cross leads to
Be flexible in your F2L technique. I made a lot of blocks to start
with, and made a lot of extended cross solves, or finished my cross
and conserved a c/e pair. It always gave me great times. I need to
go read Lars Petrus' page again for more pointers on block starts.
I know that going slowly for F2L until you get used to it, and then
gradually speeding up is very helpful for avoiding pauses, but I've
never been really very good at doing that. Tonight, I focused on just
being fluid and always doing some sort of turn. I didn't worry so
much about the speed, just making sure to always be moving something
(usefully). It helped a lot.
If you're learning algorithms, decide to yourself ahead of time
whether or not to use those. I have all but one of the algs for the U
orientation on COLL down. The last one has been giving me a lot of
trouble. I'm probably going to switch to a different alg. Anyway,
the point is that if you have to split second decide whether or not to
use an alg, it hurts. Just commit yourself to using your older,
slower method until you can for sure remember your new one.
Anyway, just thought I'd share a little of my excitement, and offer
some of the things I noticed to the group. Hopefully this will be of
use to someone other than me.
Happy cubing, and may the force be with you.