November 21st, 2015 River Hill took place in Maryland and some of the craziest cubing I've ever seen happen.
I'm sure almost all of you who are reading this know what happened, but in case for some reason you've been living under a rock I'll give the TL;DR version.
At a competition in New York Collin Burns broke the 3x3 world record with 5.21, then not even 5 minutes later Keaton Ellis at the Maryland competition gets 5.09, and an hour later Collin Burns' 5.21 was not counted as valid due to the wrong scramble being given. Then another hour later Lucas Etter got a 4.90 being the first person to break the 5 second barrier and the last person to hold the world record at the end of the day.
Being at a competition where the most prestige world record is broken twice is insane. After Keaton got his 5.09 I just couldn't do my official solves. I was so shaky and I don't even know why. That was also my worst round average which was 10.xx.
This competition was probably one of the most fun I've been to in ages. It was very relaxing to not have to scramble and judge all day like I typically do. I don't mind helping, but getting a break for the first time in 1-2 years is super relaxing. I had a great timing hanging out with Keaton, Alese, Julie, Andy, Sean and a bunch of other cubers. Super fun crowd to be around. My results at this competition weren't outstanding, but I had a 9.05 3x3 average in the finals which ties my official average and placed me second against 3 people who are top 50 in the world. After this competition I'm a bit more inspired to take up OH. The night before I was practicing with Andy and Keaton getting 14-15 averages which is quite good for me and I never practice. So I think if I learn to turn better this will be quite a bit more fun. It's competitions like this that are such a great reminder of why I still love to do this. I get to meet such cool people all the time.
Big shoutout to Keaton for letting me stay at his house! And another shoutout to Andy for sucking at ultimate frisbee. <3
Now I'm relaxing in Florida and compete next Saturday.