Exceeded rate limits accidently. What to do?

So I am following the instructions on this page and using the command sudo certbot --authenticator webroot --installer nginx to get my certificate.

I couldn’t figure out my webroot so I kept trying different folder names, getting an error each time. Then I got There were too many requests of a given type :: Error creating new authz :: too many failed authorizations recently: see https://letsencrypt.org/docs/rate-limits/

Apparently I need to wait a week before the rate limit is reset. None of the certificates I attempted were actually used (I got an error each time). Am I out of luck?

I think you’ve hit the following rate limit:

There is a Failed Validation limit of 5 failures per account, per hostname, per hour.

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I would recommend using the staging environment until you get these working. It has higher rate limits, so you can test until you get it right, then use production.

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