Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I wrote on here, but since I did a 2018 goals/predictions post, I thought it would be nice to revisit that and do one for next year.
Here are the goals I wrote at the start of the year:
- I’d really like to keep all my competition averages below 7.5 seconds in 2018, but this might be a bit tricky.
- Hmm, not quite. 62/65 of my averages in comp were sub 7.5. I’m very confident that I’ll be able to get a pure sub 7.5 year in 2019, but that won’t be one of my specified goals. The stat I’m happier about this year is that 75% of my official 3x3 averages were sub 7.
- I want to try and keep up with Max across all his disciplines, but if that’s proving impossible, then I’ll try and narrow my focus.
- Max is a beast, I’ve narrowed my focus a bit to 3x3, but I still find the other NxN events too enjoyable to make any drastic changes. Awesome hardware improvements in 6x6 and 7x7 are also great motivation to keep practicing.
- Lastly, I’d like to keep improving my results across all WCA events (minus feet) and am looking forward to a battle with Jay to maintain the top spot in Kinchranks.
- Lol! That ‘battle’ lasted a few months, Mr Chapel and Mr Egdal are well and truly dominating here. Still, I was happy with some results in the events I don’t practice - new PBs in stuff like 2x2, Skewb, Square-1, 5BLD were all nice, and my one MultiBLD attempt for the year was also a PB!
And, here are the predictions I made at the start of the year.
- Max Park will break more than a dozen world records in 2018, and claim US National Championship titles across all his main events (3x3-7x7 and OH).
- Boom! Should have been more generous with the WR count.
- Sebastian will get a 4x4 world record single with parity.
- All cubers on the Euros 3x3 podium will be over 20 years old.
- Nailed it! I just think that Mats, Phil and Seb are such excellent consistent competitors, and have been for a really long time, which is why I made this prediction. There isn’t anyone else in Europe with the speed or experience of these three, just yet.
- The Nahm will break a world record! (Really hoping this one comes true)
- Very easy to see, but by the end of the year, there'll be 5 people with >40 point MultiBLD results in competition.
- Only 4, but there is a 40 point result too.
- There'll be another funny Kian storyline at CubingUSA Nationals. Maybe instead of jumping from 1st to 92nd, he'll place 92nd in the first round and end up winning the final.
- Not really, but he’s going to win OH at worlds next year.
So, on to my speedcubing goals for the year. I think that goals are most effective when they are in that slightly uncomfortable zone. Too easy and you won’t stretch yourself, too hard and you’ll get demotivated. I also like to keep the focus fairly narrow. I took a look at my old goals (since 2015), and of the quantifiable goals, I've actually only achieved 3 of 8. These are definitely stretch goals.
Besides general improvement and competition performance, my specific goals for this year are:
- Given that it’s a World Championship year, I’d like to podium in 3x3-7x7 and OH. Given just how competitive speedcubing is becoming, and how much of a role variance can play, I think this will be exceptionally challenging, particularly for 3x3, 4x4, and OH. For example, at US Nationals 2018, I podiumed in 3-7, and Mega (not OH), and at Asian Championships 2018 I podiumed in 5-7, OH, and Mega. Not going to put megaminx on here for next year because I’m pretty sure JP, Nicolas and Amos are all attending worlds, so I’ll probably neglect megaminx a bit this time around.
- Get the fastest official 3x3 average in competition for the calendar year of 2019. To complete this streak for the decade of 2010-2019 would be so sweet.
Now for the fun - prediction time!
- Max Park defends his US Titles for 3x3-7x7 and OH, as well as adds a US podium for megaminx.
- By the end of the year:
- 5 people will have sub 6 3x3 averages.
- 5 people will have sub 10 OH averages.
- 5 people will have sub 20 3BLD means.
- The difference between 1st and 4th place at Worlds will be less than 0.2 seconds.
Let me know if you have any goals or predictions for speedcubing this year :)