SOME SPECIFIC APPLICATION TO OTHER EVENTS
Much of what Freelap can do for recording sprints was noted previously. That is, splits and different starting options for reaction, no reaction, and flying runs. Do note, the use of the Tx Touch Pro is required for a true sprint start and you’ll need one for each athlete to be timed if wanting to record multiple times under “race” conditions. Plus, each will need an Fx Chip BLE. However, on the flip-side, one TX Junior Pro can record athletes in adjacent lanes – therefore two.
A key for hurdles coaches is touch down time. Getting these times with any accuracy, rather like speed into the board for the long and triple jumper, is virtually an impossibility using a stopwatch.
To use the Freelap system you place the Tx Junior Pros two metres from the base of the hurdle and on the lane line. Why two metres away? Well, generally the hurdle contact is made circa 1.2m after the hurdle, and because the system is triggered 80cm before the transmitter (as noted previously).
You’ll need a Tx Junior Pro for each hurdle touch time to be recorded plus one for the finish when using the Tx Touch Pro start button/buttons. You can time two hurdlers at the same time. That is, in adjacent lanes (works the same as for sprinters as noted). Hurdle touch down recording Junior TX Pros need to be set to ‘lap’ use.
TEMPO AND LONGER INTERVAL RUNS
It’s equally possible to time intervals and tempo efforts using the Freelap system.
You’ll need one TX Junior Pro each for the start and the finish. And the great thing is that multiple athletes will all get their times if they have their own FX Chip BLE.
In the past, I often refrained from timing sprints with my phone or stopwatch, let alone run-up variables, due to the inaccuracies I knew would result: the lack of replicability, and also because the time achieved may not actually be what you want.
With the Freelap I got the accuracy, the replicability and what I wanted (and will no doubt want more of with further experimentation).
Also, the system is a great motivator; athletes can’t help but get competitive when those little yellow pyramids are placed on the track. Athletes will want to get to the end as fast as possible (good for sprinters, but perhaps not so for tempo or other intervals).
With Freelap you get a great tool to really improve your athletes. You won’t have to guess or use ‘intuition’ and ‘feel’ (valuable coaching attributes nonetheless) – you’ll be able to objectively know what’s happening time-wise and make really informed judgments as to how to improve your athletes. And, of course, as an athlete you can time yourself and be really “up” for sessions accordingly.
Watch a video of John Shepherd and his athletes putting the Freelap system to the test on athleticsw.com/ freelap
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Freelap is a great motivator