The USAT National Challenge Competition is now open for registration. Did a club email go out about DC Tri Club teams for this year? I participated the last few years, but haven't seen an email yet about this year's NCC. Any info? Thanks! -Bethany
Yes, DC Tri will have two teams. Information will go out in the next club newsletter. If you are ready to register now, just send an email to DCTriNCC@gmail.com with:
• Full name,
• USAT number (you must be a current member),
• DOB, and
• email address you want used for registration and correspondence.
Thanks Amanda, just signed up!
Just signed up and maybe I will even swim this year.
Don't make promises you won't keep, Joe. :)
I did only say "maybe" I would swim.
There are less than 20 slots left on the team and we start logging miles on Monday!! If you want to join us, send me an email at DCTriNCC@gmail.com. I'll need your first and last name, USAT member number (you must be a current member), and your birth date.
Only 3 spots left and competition starts tomorrow!! Email if you want to join us.
Should we have gotten an email from USAT yet with our log in information?
Yes, Bryan - The timestamp on mine is about 11:30 pm on November 30, so my guess is you got it just after posting ;)
How are aquajogging miles counted? Personally, I think they should count as run miles, not swim miles, as that's a more accurate reflection of the workout you're doing in the pool (aquajogging is more similar to running than it is to swimming). When you calculate it out, it makes a big difference to the number of weighted miles you record. For example, if I run 6:40 miles on land and I aquajog for 20 minutes, that means I would record 3 run miles in that time (9 weighted miles). However, I will probably only cover 10 laps in the pool while doing my 20 minute aquajogging exercise... if counted as a swim workout, I can only record 250yd (0.14 swim miles = 1.4 weighted miles). What do the NCC rules say about recording aquajogging miles?
Luke, you get ZILCH NCC miles for aquajogging miles. Sorry.
NCC rules: http://www.race-tracker.net/usat/rules.cfm
Bryan, I was late getting log in information out. Sorry!
Luke, Adam is right. Thanks, Adam for posting the link to the rules.
I don't see any reference to aquajogging, either in that link Adam provided or in the NCC Rules/Requirements shown here:
Aquajogging miles should count as swim miles at the very least. After all, the NCC counts kickboard, fins, pull buoy, and other assisted laps as swim laps... aquajogging laps should count for something. Although, admittedly, aquajogging would be a very inefficient way to log swim miles... you'd be lucky to cover 1000yd in a full hour of aquajogging. Maybe we should ask the USAT about how to address this issue?
The sports for which miles count are determined by USAT. The only sports included this year are swimming, biking, running, elliptical and cross country skiing. Aquajogging miles are not included in the miles. Neither is walking or hiking. They limit it to the sports of triathlon. You are welcome to contact USAT if you'd like further guidance.
Then add Erg meters to the list too. I Erg 2xs a week for an hour. It is an all body low impact workout and so much harder than the elliptical. If you Erg and don't feel like you are going to puke, you are not doing it correctly.
I took a peek at the national standings. Are people really swimming nearly 11,000 yds. a day, every single day? Or am I not reading the numbers correctly? (EDIT - Maybe people are confused and multiplying swim miles by 10, instead of letting the site do the multiplying automatically.)
My numbers are much more modest than that. Even less when the heater in the pool was broken this week. The gym said the water temp was 72F, but it felt more like the mid 60s. I could barely last 30 min. in that water. Fortunately, the heater is working again.
You might be reading that wrong.
If you look at DCTri Team 1's mileage for Dec 1st, it was about 600 miles. That is weighted miles. So take 75 people on the team swimming 60 (unweighted) miles and that's roughly a 1500 yd swim per person for that day (average), which is fairly normal.
But that average is being boosted by Steven, who is doing his crazy a$$ 9000 and 12,000 yard swims!!! Holy crap dude! You're gonna grow gills soon!
Send 'em Steven, whoever you are.
May heated water warm your body.
-Andy Sovonick of Gaithersburg.
On information and belief, San Diego tri club is counting pool running miles as elliptical miles on the approval of "NCC guy." It might be worth checking with USAT in case NCC guy works there and could grant similar approval to Luke. I don't know how they are counting Erg (or, to be honest, what Erg even is).