## Speed Cubing

I discovered my first Rubik's Cube in around 1996, eventually learned to solve it in 2001, learned about the world of speedsolving in 2013, and decided to actively practice regularly in mid 2014.

I also enjoy data analysis, and plotting graphs is always fun, so it was only natural that I started tracking almost every solve. The graphs on this page track my progress in a selection of events, including most of my practice solves, and my times in official competitions.

I had been able to solve 2x2 for quite a while by the time I started tracking my times. It typically took me 15 seconds or so when I was starting out.

For a long time, I didn't enjoy soving the 4x4. I found it tedious to solve and spent a long time trying to find a method that worked for me. I started using the Yau method in July 2015 which led to the first jump then drop in times. The second similar jump happened in August 2016 when I switched to using a Hoya variant.

5x5 and larger cubes are actually quite fun, but because they take so long to solve, I only really practice them in the weeks leading up to competitions.

The skewb is a wierd puzzle. Instead of turning around the centres of the faces, it turns about the corners. At my first official competition, I saw the African record average get broken. The following week, after a little practice, I was getting times faster than the record. I'm not sure what it was, but as soon as I realised a record was in reach, I latched onto it and became obsessed with breaking it. In February 2015, after almost three months of practice, I set an official competition average which was even better than I'd been hoping for of 7.01 seconds, beating the previous record of 8.64. I overdid it. After that, skewb became something I only practice a little for competitions.

I didn't like pyraminx for a long time. It's too trivial, really, and it's too awkward to hold and turn. Recently, however I've become determined get faster, so I've actually started practicing.

Megaminx and square-1 are both also puzzles I obviously only practice before competitions. Rubik's clock is very simple and really enjoyable, but I seem to be the only person interested in solving it. I'll probably practice it far more regularly if a competition ever comes up.

I casually solve Rubik's cube one-handed very often. It's actually surprisingly easy and fun to do. Solving with my feet is something I learned only to be able to do it in a competion, and it's something I only do once every few months.