My first sub-30 solve: 28.28 seconds! Pretty Lights’ “Finally Moving” played in the background.
Clearly, this is well outside of my ~40 second average. Even with the benefit of the 28-second solve, the session average was over 40 seconds. Everything just came together easily: I visualized the cross perfectly and performed it in six moves; my four F2L insertions went off without a hitch and with minimal hunting; and I knew the OLL (#23).
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I got lucky with a PLL skip, which probably saved me 4 seconds. But, even if you throw in a 2-look PLL, I should have been below my previous personal best of 34 seconds (with best-recorded of 39 seconds).
I guess my recent F2L work is paying off!
Over the past few weeks, I’ve posted a series of personal bests — culminating in last week’s 34 second solve. But none of those PBs were evidenced by anything other than a screen capture. So, it was nice just now to record (on my hastily set up iPad) this 39-second solve before diving into my work day.
This was on my re-stickered Dayan Zhanchi, with my custom (homemade) G‑sticker. This nicely showcases my slow but steady evolution — with no remnants of the Beginner’s Method. Advanced cross, F2L, Antisune (OLL 26), and the just-learned Ub Perm for the PLL edge cycle.
Another personal best: 34.0 seconds! Brad Mehldau’s angular take on “My Favorite Things” played in the background. Proof that jazz is good for the soul.
In my excitement at shaving a full 4.8 seconds off my last best time, I neglected to get a screen grab with that big ‘ol 34.0 in the middle. (Of course, nothing proves that I’ve actually solving anything in the times of which I boast — with requisite humility, mind you. Meaningless in terms of evidence, but still meaningful to me.)
So, I thought I’d post this chart of my last 11 days of sessions (since switching to gqTimer) instead. Nevermind the slight improvement of my averages. I’m struck by the consistency — right around session averages of 50-seconds. Freak personal bests pop up, but 50 seconds is inarguably where I am at this point.
Another personal best: 38 seconds. Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” played in the background.
Another new personal best. 41 seconds. Beastie Boys’ “So What’cha Want?” remix/mashup with Cypress Hill played in the background.
New personal best. 42 seconds. w00t!
Bill Evans’ “Five” played in the background.
P.S. I really dig the gqTimer (Graphy qqTimer) I’ve been using lately. It stores your times (using your Google login) and logs them into graphs. Great timer — and now my go-to instead of Cube Timer.
Just got a new 3×3 personal best (non-lucky) solve: 46 seconds.
(R U2') (R2' U') (R2 U') (R2' U2' R)
Only a half-second better than my last best time, but it definitely felt smooth and easy. I’m starting to believe the much-preached truth that consistent, slower turning is better than rushed turns punctuated by long delays of hunting for pieces. I was excited to encounter and easily apply a newly-learned OLL (#22) during the solve.
This was with my black Dayan Zhanchi (favorite cube, by far), restickered with a Cubesmith bright-set. The very excellent new Big Gigantic album played in the background.