I goofed off in my required eighth-grade typing class but remembered the rules: keep your hands in the home position and don’t look at the keys. Finding touch-typing required for many jobs after graduating from college, I practiced a bit and became a so-so touch-typist. This was in the 1970s, mostly on manual typewriters.
Then I became a translator, invested in an electronic typewriter, and got good enough to take some pride in my skill. What my speed was, I don’t know. It was probably respectable, but I didn’t consider myself a power typist. In any event, I alternated between typing and scribbling phrases and drawing circles and arrows on scrap paper. Translation is rarely straightforward.
Then I unexpectedly got an Apple II clone set up to run WordStar. Talk about never taking your hands out of the home position! Speed? Working at an IT company a few years later, I entered a company-wide typing contest. I had seen the programmers type, and one in particular awed me. She also entered. I won.
I still use a WordStar-like UI, with Ctrl above left Shift, and chuckle to think that I considered myself a decent typist before getting a computer.