Since this is the season when it's better to give than to receive, here are the instructions on how Club Reps can give their athletes the ability to log their own miles.
If you aren't a Club Rep you don't need to know this, but it might be good to know anyway.
Step 1: Login
Step 2: Create your team
- once you login, select 'Manage Your Team' from the menu
- hit the Big Green Button and add athletes to your team using the form provided
- the Manage Your Team page will show a list of everyone on your team
Step 3: Give an athlete admin rights
- on the list of athletes on the Manage Your Team page, select an athlete you want to have admin rights
- enter their information into the form where it says 'allow athlete to enter own mileage' You will need to know their email address for this to work
- submit the form, and an email with login credentials will be sent to the athlete
Voila. That's it that's all.
Embedding a mileage widget on your club's website just got a little bit easier.
This year if you want to have a customized widget for your site showing your club's mileage to date, you don't have to make a special request and then wait for the code to be sent to you. That's so 2012. Now all you need to do is add your club ID number to the standard embed code available on the Widgets page.
Not sure what a mileage widget looks like? Kinda like this:
But with actual miles showing. And updated with current mileage for your club.
The embed code is availabe on the widgets page, and club reps can see the entire embed code with the correct club ID once they login.
Whether this is your 7th NCC or your first, there are some Very Important Things you need to know about the USAT National Challenge Competion. Master these Things and your NCC-fu will be strong.
1. Enter your workout miles promptly.
In order to prevent teams (or athletes) from hoarding their miles until the end of the month, and to keep the standings as current as possible, everyone must enter their miles within 7 days of a swim bike or run. The date picker in the entry form only goes back 7 days.
2. Check your mileage entries.
Did you select 'miles' when you mean 'yards'? Did you accidentally add a '0' to your run distance? Errors are easy to fix but even easier if you enter your mileage accurately the first time.
3. Mistakes will happen.
Don't panic. Every year someone enters an epic workout by accident and doesn't notice right away (see point #2). If you see something crazy and it doesn't get corrected then you can contact USAT using the form on the contact page and it will get looked into. It's almost always an entry error and these always get fixed.
Keep in mind though that some NCCers are ultra-distance athletes and are capable of putting in some high-mileage workouts, especially on the run. Runs in excess of marathon distances do get entered.
4. You have 48 extra hours after the end of each session.
After each session ends you will have an extra 48 hours to finish entering your mileage for the session. The 7 day rule still applies though - for example the Swim Session ends at midnight December 31 but you have until midnight January 2 to enter any mileage you put in during the final week of December only. You can't enter anything from weeks 1, 2 or 3.
5. Mileage entry for the Bike and Run Sessions begins on the 3rd of the month.
See point #4 - since the sessions are extended by 48 hours (for mileage entry only - you can't have a swim from January 1 count towards the December Swim Session) the next session opens for mileage entry on the 3rd of the month. Don't worry, the site is not broken. No angry emails please.
And there you have it. Understand these 5 Things and you'll have a more enjoyable NCC experience.
It's almost time again for the USA Triathlon National Challenge Competition, or NCC for short. Just when you thought the tri season was over or maybe just winding down, along comes the NCC for another year of off-season competition-y goodness.
Last year's edition involved over 3,000 athletes and 120 clubs from around the country, our best year ever. Over a million miles were logged by swimmers, cyclists and runners who otherwise would have been hibernating for the winter. Who knows how many extra pounds were not gained due to the NCC? Maybe that's a stat we should start tracking.
As always, the club registration begins on November 1. If you are the representative for your club you can register and start building your team.
The competition begins on December 1, with the opening of the Swim Session.
To everyone back again for another run at glory and epic effort, welcome back. To everyone new to the NCC, congratulations - you don't know it yet but you just kick-started your 2014 tri season.
Spring will be here before you know it.
Ok, so now that the Mayan calendar scare is past we can all move on to more important things. Like the end of the Swim Session.
For all the newcomers and anyone who has been here before but who has forgotten how this works, this is how the session wraps up.
The official end to the Swim Session is midnight on December 31. If any of you are unlucky enough to be in the pool at that time you may as well stop swimming. Not only is it time to grab a glass of champagne, any distance covered after midnight will not go towards the Swim Session - it will (or should, if you log it honestly) go towards January's session, the Bike Session.
However, you still have 48 hours to log your December miles.
Up until midnight local time on January 2, 2013 you can still add your miles for December. Any mileage you actually DO on January 1 and 2 will count towards the Bike Session, but you won't be able to log those until January 3. Got it?
Because of the 7 day cutoff this year, that means that up until midnight January 2 you will be able to add any miles you put in from December 24 onwards. Anything you did before that date cannot be entered, but the 7 day cutoff ends on the 31st.
- the Swim Session officially ends December 31 at midnight
- December miles can be entered up until January 2 at midnight
- the Bike Session begins on January 1 at one second past midnight
- January miles can be entered beginning on January 3 at one second past midnight
Official results will take a few days as we look at who hit the benchmark first, and which teams won which divisions. The standings on the site are accurate but unofficial until the announcements are made by USA Triathlon.