April 11th: Consistency and mental stamina
AAAA’s this session: 6 | AAA’s this session: 12
The story begins one day prior, with me witnessing yet another 7701 AAA, and a subsequent ping about whether or not I jump-trilled the rolls in my play. “The greats are rather high” I was told. I reminded them it wasn’t a J4 run, but it was already weighing on me. The number of AAAs has grown significantly over the last month or so, leaving me feeling pretty down about what I thought was some sort of accomplishment. “I clearly overestimated how good the score was, I feel kinda dumb now”, I said sadly. It seems I was destined naught for comfort, but for a lovely position on a skewer to be roasted.
B e h i n d . . .
Perhaps I was losing my touch, perhaps I was becoming washed up, a shell of a former player awaiting their inevitable skill disintegration. Regardless, someone other than me calling my MA bad‽
This is serious business! I have work to do, and work I did indeed. I spent a number of hours playing marathon, ultra marathon, and full on mental stamina gauntlets. All of them of course to work on marathon MA/PA consistency today, below I have a few highlights from the session:
After starting and failing to complete Helikopter-Streichquartett 0.7 twice in a row, I figured I would tone down the punishment and instead play a 20 second loop for 10 straight minutes. This is Remove 8-bit, the lovely file no one ever plays in Oxicleaned…I wonder why. However, I am here to work on marathon consistency and mental stamina, little things like “sanity” or “not being masochistic” have no bearing today. Shoutouts to Justice for still not doing this quad suggestion when he said he would.
It’s cool…it’s done now anyway.
Back in the day years ago I remember playing Aim Burst and getting a 99.95…I was so happy
. Times have changed however, and base Aim Burst has a few quads now even. So instead of revisiting a song that has slightly more variety and breaks, why not instead play a 20 second loop of the hardest part of the file over and over for it’s length instead? Like, duh, obviously! This is actually a really good practice file all bs aside, I quadded this by the skin of my teeth, totally stoked, especially since this is my first 1x play ever. I was just aiming for a clean AAA, got more than a bargained for!
And here…the grand finale, the magnum opus of marathon consistency for today’s session. I present to you a basically 12,000 note PFC on this absolute UNIT
of a file Force of Courage! Holy mother of fuck, 14 minutes of intensity, and of course nerves, all dolled out on this performance. You can actually see me almost throw it away on a note after the held break at the first silence, because I forgot about the second bit. I was freaking out! That wasn’t my worst hit however, basically everything was <=41ms except for a rogue hit…
Truly an Easter miracle.
After a few hours of marathon dog-piling I needed to cool down, so of course what better way to do that than to play some shorter tech acc stuff? I’ve played this file several times over the last year, never breaking past 99.95 even once,
but after what I went through today I was having none of that nerve bullshit. One minute file? No problem pal, just fucking slam it right then and there, one try (after fixing the offset of course fuck my life lol).
This concludes my journey today, You can see my other
failures scores below:
A few of these marathons have me get a miss…god who doesn’t love missing? TGWP is a quad with a fucking great.
Also not pictured: me quitting out of some revisited marathons that have roll walls I screwed up, like When The Water Breaks. Shoutouts to that garbo file!