As a sprinter at High Point University, Emily struggled to improve her running times because of a lack of competition in practice. As any runner knows, track is just as much a mental game as it is physical. Without the emotional drive of competition, it can be nearly impossible to run at one’s full potential.
Emily also noticed a pacing problem existed within her team. As most athletes are, she was asked to run repeat sprints within tenths of a second of her coaches designated goal times. This required her to run based on a sense of what that pace should feel like. Splits could be yelled part way through the run (if coach wasn’t too busy), and a watch could periodically be checked (at the risk of slowing due to form and focus breakage), but it seemed like there had to be a better way.
With these problems in mind, she formulated a potential solution and wrote a business plan to support the idea. With the help of her brother and a generous investor found through HPU’s entrepreneurship program, upon graduation in May 2016, she made her dream a reality.
Currently track and field athletes use watches, verbal signals from coaches, and other teammates to attempt to keep themselves on pace and push themselves in practice; however, these current methods are outdated, flawed, and inaccurate. Using today’s technology in a simple, accessible, and innovative way, The Track Rabbit solves this problem for athletes, coaches, and facility owners.
LightSpeed gives athletes a tool to improve their skills in a pressured environment. This system pushes them to give their maximum effort every day, which is required for them to reach their full potential come game day. Athletes can use the system for reaction drills, change of direction quickness, interval conditioning, skills technique practice, and straight speed training.
It is very difficult for people to be motivated to work out when they are alone, especially when so many current workout systems are boring to use. Our systems allow every-day people to benefit from the challenge of working out with a partner in an engaging and fun environment that will help them to achieve their fitness goals.