Extreme Typing: New typing Marathon feats, and “AMA” results with endurance typist Vielle

Posted on November 15, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

For more on learning about Marathons, go our blog post detailing an exact guide to Marathons: or, check out the TypeRacer chat (Discord). 

In the past few months, the competitive typing scene on TypeRacer has seen an uptake in participation in “Marathons” — i.e., completing a large number of races in a 24-hour period. This was inspired largely by Vielle, who dethroned Michael DeRoche’s long-standing Marathon record [of 3,097] three times in just a few week period, completing 3,820, 4,892, and 5,590 respectively, all within 24 hour periods.  The 5,590 race marathon represents an average of 233 races per hour. (He also did 6,500 races without sleeping!)

Recent Marathons sorted by date — all completed by member of ECOL, a clan on TypeRacer comprised of a number of “elite” competitive typists, such as Erik Treider (typing up to 250wpm with just 4  fingers) and Liban.
#2: ⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘ ⦓☾✹✯𝚅𝚒𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎✯✹☽⦔ – ~1,630 Races in 24 Hours (September 1st; former)
#1: 𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘ ⦓☾✹✯𝚅𝚒𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎✯✹☽⦔ – 3,820 Races in 24 Hours (September 5th)
#1: ⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘ ⦓☾✹✯𝚅𝚒𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎✯✹☽⦔ – 4,892 Races in 24 Hours (September 10th)
#4: ⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘ 𝚅𝚘𝚕𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚒𝚜 – 2,001 Races in 24 Hours (September 11th; never forget)
#1: ⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘ ⦓☾✹✯𝚅𝚒𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎✯✹☽⦔ – 5,590 Races in 24 Hours (September 19th)
#6: ⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘ ♞Primal♞ – 1,418 Races in 24 Hours (September 22nd)
#9: ⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘ JRC – 1,013 Races in 24 Hours (September 23th)
#2: ⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘ Raptor – 3,109 Races in 24 Hours (October 20th)

You can check out the Marathons board here at the Type Racer Data site.

We’ve conducted an “Ask me anything” to celebrate Vielle’s 5,590 Marathon.

Ask me Anything with ⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘ ⦓☾✹✯𝚅𝚒𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎✯✹☽⦔ 

1) What got you interested in typing marathons?

What got me into TypeRacer marathons was the very same reason that drove me to do record-breaking sessions for most races without stopping on another typing game (which we’ll get to later).  What really clicked for me that I needed to do sessions/marathons didn’t even come from some far-off goal. In-fact it was when I was racing for longer periods of time and then finding out I would actually be the #2 marathon record-holder if I just did a few more races. It was at that very moment that I realized It was that it was my chance to define a new untouched land of TypeRacer.  As beckoning as the thought of racing for 24 hours without eating or little breaks is, it is a “kill two birds with one stone” sort of deal when you are able to add on watching videos with racing. Marathons are, at the end of the day, something to look impressively upon.

2) How long have you been typing and how did you learn to type?

I have been typing at an early age, as I was always exposed to computers in my lifetime, and it was only 5 years ago that I averaged 60-70 wpm, to which I later doubled my average speed in just a year afterwards when I did find typing as this venue for improvement, racing, and to get competitive about. As for how I learned to type? It’s the very same as saying “How did you learn to use the Xbox 360 Controller”” to which there really was no foreign understanding of how to type as much as there was to naturally refine your typing and naturally make inputs better than your last. In that very same sense it is playing and adaptability for how I learned to type where I was today.

3) What’s your experience in competitive typing?

My experience in competitive typing came distinctly from Nitro Type in 2012 where I found that this world of competitive typing existed. During the time I played NitroType I had heard of TypeRacer but never got into it, this was due to issues with cheating, lack of intrinsic/extrinsic gratification etc. Through NitroType I found that hardly any people were active, rewards were plenty, and I had a definite shot at #1 and defining this resource abundant paradise which once existed. Typing faster was of course an important reason, but that has always gone hand-in-hand with my ultimate interest. To be a generation-defining figure in a new venue of social and competitive enterprise.  To be find any ways to maximize fame through marathons, headline making achievements left-and-right, as well as countless accomplishments. This is exactly what I did NitroType with session records, single-handedly creating the environment that led to teams, being a leadership figure in features and representing and defining a new generation of people in the game. That is to me, what competitive typing is all about. That’s what I see in TypeRacer and what I can do is the same of which I did in NitroType. And ultimately it is the fact that TypeRacer gives me that opportunity to as where Nitro Type has gone against its community countless times and shot itself in the foot time after time that brings me here.

4) How fast do you type, and what recommendations do you have for average users who want to type faster?

It always is the same improvement process in other video games. You do controller inputs faster, and more precisely accurate. Most of my improvement has been very natural. I never felt capped in speed nor did it seem like I reached my peak in my entire improvement process, albeit I may be around the very limits of that as I can’t type faster than 165+ on average on Nitro Type or 10FastFingers excluding race-selection. On TypeRacer, which I have slowly adjusted to and still am with my Corsair K95 RGB Platinum, it is too inconsistent to give a definite answer, and my speed has been shaky with marathons, but all I can say is to watch out. In the case of people who can’t type faster it’s a matter of if you are being held back. Is it accuracy? More-specifically is your keystroke synchronization off or mistimed? What words specifically are you struggling on? Look at your race replays or take mental notes. Make psycho-analytical observations of your typing and see where your floors and ceilings are in typing. With more understandings of what holds you back you can then tackle those issues with each race you get and refine your typing style to perfection. Believe it or not, your errors are not unique to you, the TypeRacer Discord has a lot of people that have struggled or share the same qualms and concerns as you may have, which is why when you detail your problems take feedback, criticism, and describe it. You’ll be impressed by just how much of the community will be helpful and supportive, which I would also take a look at and race with people and have constructive conversations of what you find easier, or harder, compared to other people. So that’s why I would take a visit to the TypeRacer Discord. It could be an eye-opening glimpse furthermore, what else is there to lose to by looking, as well as addressing,  your problems from a socially constructive perspective?

Most importantly keep typing, and Practice Perfect.

5) How did you actually manage to type for a full 24 hours? Isn’t that kind of crazy?

Staying up that long wasn’t the issue. Typing non-stop with zero loading times meaning that I start typing the moment I move on to the next race – this was simply endurance and perseverance alone. Endurance typing has always been one of my excelling traits, and what pushes me to do that endurance is intrinsic motivation alone. Is it crazy? Certainly. By the time I was 30 hours in the part that got made me stop racing was accuracy and speed dropoffs being that problematic that it made me want to stop typing entirely as I could not do 3.5 races a minute at given times because of it. I ended up staying up a few hours after before going to sleep. But if my accuracy didn’t affect my typing that much I would’ve kept on typing. Which is why if you are doing a marathon run, focus more than anything is absolutely necessary to keep a marathon run successful.

6) What got you into typeracer?

What got me into TypeRacer was its community. Funnily enough what made me took another look into it was its community first and foremost. And my first glimpse into the community stemmed from my natural curiosity and amazement of TypeRacer after first chatting to you [Jon] to which made me wake up and realize what I was missing out on TypeRacer, and the future that was ahead of it. TypeRacer was more listening to its community, the competitive scene hasn’t been taken advantage of, and I have a site to make legendary achievements and be sufficiently rewarded for them, so much in-so (to my amazement) TypeRacer wrote blog posts about them. Something I never got out of Nitro Type. I’ve been here before, I’ve became a renowned figure that had been etched into history as a definitive game-changing figure on another typing site before. Now I am older, more experienced, and I want to do it this time again — but better. And most importantly be a part of a community.
7) When did you start playing typeracer and how old are you?

I am 18 years of age. And I initially first played TypeRacer on my Vielle account in November 2012. I later then created an account in 2015 forgetting about my other account and eventually started racing seriously. But for the record you can call me Vielle.

If you have any more questions – ask in the comments section and I will answer them.

Vielle (vielleTRData)

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Guide to TypeRacer Marathons

Posted on September 25, 2017. Filed under: Stats | Tags: |

A man on a thousand mile walk has to forget his goal and say to himself every morning,
“Today I’m going to cover twenty-five miles and then rest up and sleep.”  ❞ 

— War and Peace (book) by Leo Tolstoy

Hi all – Our friend Vielle (Viellain TRData) has made a number of headlines recently on TypeRacer. Today we’d like to introduce him as our newest Guest author on the blog — he’s going to explain what exactly it means to type 5,000 races in a day, aka a TypeRacer marathon, and also give us a bit of a TypeRacer history lesson! Thanks Vielle for taking the time to write for the TypeRacer blog and for helping us build the TypeRacer community. -David (valikor) TypeRacer

You may have heard a lot about Marathons these past couple of weeks on the TypeRacer blog. And you may in-fact have questions, such as “How do you do a race in a quarter of a minute? How do you do 5,000 in a day?” Today’s blog post will clear a lot of those aspects up, and no-better person to do so than the one that just got up after an intensive 5,590 race Marathon (you can look forward to a blogpost on that later).

To start things off: A marathon is the amount of races you complete in 24 hours. It doesn’t have to be a set time as it will always be matching your current race count from 24 hours prior.

 

Maintrack

For as far as TypeRacer history has been concerned, most races have been done through the maintrack — i.e., the standard track you get when clicking “Enter a typing race” on TypeRacer.com’s default play.typeracer.com universe. The idea of racing on short-text tracks for optimal race efficiency hasn’t been thoroughly theorized and implemented until recently starting with Michael DeRoche – March 31st, 2017. And no, there is no secret real world where everyone is racing on and you are all racing in the matrix (yes fast typists I know how depressing it is racing one or two real people for hours straight as well as having to race bots); it is never often really a thought that there is a “maintrack” to differentiate with [when you Enter a typing race], but this does become a natural distinction that is made when you race on private Racetracks [with friends].

For reference, the most races you can get by doing this is 2,000 races. The only person shown to execute this is Michael Deroche. This is about 80 races per hour. Very doable, and relatively easygoing. If you do one race per-minute, then you will that you can do 1,500 races in that given timespan. All marathons outside of the top 3 are mostly done through the maintrack.

Pros:

  • Most optimal point efficiency
  • Size-able amount of time between races to multi-task
  • Hands are always focused on the keyboard

Cons:

  • Least sufficient for Marathon records
  • Loading times

Tip: You can click tab-twice then enter instead of having to manually click Race Again.

 

 

Private Race Tracks

Now we move on to Friends Track racing methods. As far as most people are aware, you just race with friends, while that is certainly not easily-arrangeable for extended periods of time, there is however – a solution. Thanks to Ted (who also does impressive work within the OpenSteno project; steno being attributable towards some of the fastest speeds on the site, one of them in-fact set by Ted himself!) we have a script that allows people to join  races. All you have to do is install Tampermonkey. With the Tampermonkey script, when you go to TypeRacer you will notice it automatically joins a friend track and auto-joins your race. Now you don’t need friends!

Make sure to allow Tampermonkey in an incognito or private-window and make an account, and be sure to keep Tampermonkey disabled on the

account/window that you plan to race on (you can do that through clicking on the icon and then disabling it).

 

However we are forgetting something. As some typists may not be aware, TypeRacer “skill levels” dictate the length of texts that you type on TypeRacer. Therefore it is optimal if your friend’s account [or whoever is hosting the private race track] has a last 10 race average below 25 WPM [at Beginner level speeds]. This enables you to type the shortest texts — obviously a big help when trying to complete a lot of races in a short time.

 

Once you now have race-track hosting window(s) in the background you will join all of them using the friends link and position them however you wish. With this you can get around 3,000 races at most, this math adds up to 2 races per minute.
For reference I set a 3.8k Marathon record with only two different race tracks (joining the next race as soon as I could therefore stopping in the middle of the race). But you may question, why do you use multiple friend tracks if one is good enough? With only one you are forced to wait those 10 seconds, you bypass that by having another track that you can hop into immediately. But then it becomes cumbersome hence you start the race 2 races ahead of you once you just finished your race to keep the flow going.
A video for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu9i9LsV_jI

Tip: You may find watching videos or listening to music will make your races all the more faster – at least to make the time fly by faster.

With this you can get up to up to ~5,000 races [in 24 hours] maximum. Assuming you finish a text every ~17 seconds.

Pros:

  • Up to 2-4 races per minute makes this the most thoroughly consistent way to optimize races for extended periods of time
  • With beginner tracks you get to type short texts, depending on the workload you do this could end up being a more casual & easier method to race with for the endurance run

Cons:

  • Shorter texts [assuming you use a beginner track] & starting races late make this the least point efficient method for racing

 

 

Ghost Races

The last method towards perfectly refining your race optimization is ghost races. This however requires premium in order to save those ghost races.

Let me give you a simple run-down about ghost-races:

  • You can save twice per text
  • You can race on any given text, meaning you can choose to do the shortest one-thousand races [2x per text]
  • When you save they do count towards the leaderboards and your profile
  • If you mess up then you can restart until you get the score you want

If all that sounds compelling, then do consider supporting TypeRacer [along with tons of more benefits!] by upgrading to Premium.

For a good list at a text directory look at www.typeracerdata.com/texts?sort=length

Ghost races, when using the shortest texts, can prove to be hyper-optimal. Michael Deroche was able to attain 333 races in 71 minutes [4.3 races a minute]!

You may find that navigating the texts may be difficult, but thanks to Pentalon’s Python script there is an entire directory of [current] ghost race links to make things easier.
https://pastebin.com/sJFHbcjQ (Longest races first to shortest races last.)

And if you are crazy enough to do so, you can open multiple links with a multilink program or app if you really need to refine your your marathon skills that much further.

Pros:

  • Maximum race-per-minute efficiency up until 25~ plus second races [depending on your speed]

Cons:

  • Only optimally efficient until the average races per minute is beaten out by multi-tracking
  • Lots of manual clicking/hotkey usage – most error prone stage of the marathon

 

(Play TypeRacer in compact form with TypeRacer Companion for Firefox (Chrome Here) to watch videos while typing.)

 

Now that you have a thorough understanding of the three-different methods to approach you can have a true feel of marathons that puts those truly impressive accomplishments into perspective. Higher-end marathons typically use a combination of Private Racetracks and Ghost races with minimal breaks/interruptions.

While you’re at it you may want to take a look or read back on our previous blog posts:
https://blog.typeracer.com/2017/09/17/the-typing-marathon-to-end-all-marathons-5000-races-in-24-hours/
https://blog.typeracer.com/2017/09/09/new-single-race-speed-record-and-new-marathon-record-on-typeracer/
https://blog.typeracer.com/2013/07/01/typeracer-champions/

 

 

If you do ever have any questions, then do check the Discord, the resource and place I had used to refine marathon techniques beyond maintrack marathons. I couldn’t be impressed by the welcoming hospitality [of the Discord], thoughts and research that went into the carefully attentive and productive responses that went into my questions. Or simply use the comment section down below and I will address those questions myself.

Vielle (Viellain TRData)

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