Back Half Timing- Running Through the Line


One of the benefits for consumer friendly electronic timing is the ability to get splits in the rep. While one can do this with hand timing ok, I do think the problems with athletes not running through the line is the problem. When Michael Phelps got beat at the olympics in the 200m Fly by Chad le Clos, it was the exact opposite result of when he touched out Milorad ÄŒavić in 2008. Michael was the first to explain that his habits in practice was the culprit in his finish. I am not going to talk about leaning at the line, but training through the line so you have the ability to physiologically finish. When I was in Sweden in 2008 at a track seminar, it was great to see how athletes had different speed reserve curves within the last parts of the 200m. For example Olsson’s presentation at the Windsprint made me think about the classic need to run through the line? How do we engage athletes? Perhaps getting the last splits and compare how they ran the split. For example a 250m is far more interesting when you have splits at 30m, 60m, 100m, 150m, 200m, 250m. What was the total time? Did they finish strong? Did they accelerate aggressively? Did they look smooth and relaxed and did the times show the distribution worked? I need to time the back half so I know if athletes are finishing hard and it’s something I need to do a better job with.