In the Race Info screen, there’s a place for you to enter Goal Time (it was called Estimated Finish Time before version 1.2). What is that all about? Here’s a little secret: That setting is totally optional. It’s only used to estimate the distance of the first split you record.
As you probably know, Splitcaster is smart enough to let you record splits when you want to. You don’t have to sign a virtual contract that says you will record splits when they cross the starting line every single time that they cross the starting line. If, for whatever reason, you want to take splits at 200m, 400m, 800m, 1000m and the finish of a 1600m race, Splitcaster will let you do just that. All you have to do is record a split whenever you please and Splitcaster will record the distance of the split. But to figure out the distance of a split, it needs to know a little bit about the pace the athlete is moving at. That’s where the Goal Time comes in. If you tell Splitcaster that you think the athlete will run the 1600m in 5:00 and then the first split you record is at :35.7 (looks like they went out a little fast!), Splitcaster will know that you must have recorded the split at 200m. Likewise, if you record the first split when the time is 2:35.2 (because you missed the first lap for whatever reason), Splitcaster will once again know that the distance for that split was 800m. But if you don’t enter a Goal Time, Splitcaster has to assume that the first split you record was for the first full lap.
So, the bottom line is this: You don’t have to enter a Goal Time. But if you leave it blank, try to remember to record the first split at the first full lap. It will make your life a little bit easier. Don’t worry too much about it, though, because fixing mistakes is very easy to do with Splitcaster.