Welcome to the DC Triathlon Club's general informational page about the New Triathlete Program. The DC Tri Club is currently the third largest triathlon club in the nation with over 1200 active members. The New Triathlete Program was put together by members of the DC Tri Club back in 2005. The first class had about 85 participants and it has grown over the years, sometimes selling out in minutes, to now include at least 150 participants every year. In 2014 we are aiming for an early June race, with the formal training program beginning in late January.
New Triathlete Program
Current Status: Opens mid-January, 2014
Class Size: 175 members
Next Class Begins: January 27, 2014
Most of your questions will be answered in the material below and on the individual program information pages but feel free to Email Us with any other questions you may have.
WHAT IS NTP ALL ABOUT?
Have you ever dreamed of completing a triathlon but just do not know where to begin? Maybe you have set a New Year's resolution to get in shape or to try something new? Maybe you are on the lookout for that next challenge in your life? No matter how you ended up here, you are considering attempting your first triathlon, and the DC Triathlon Club's New Triathlete Program (NTP) is just for you!
NTP is a structured training program led by dedicated DC Tri Club volunteers that offers information and support to help individuals complete their first triathlon. The overall structure of the program is a 20 week guided training plan that culminates in a local area triathlon in either early summer or early autumn. You are not required to participate in these local races, but you will benefit most from the program if you do. A local area race allows you to take full advantage of the support and encouragement of DC Triathlon Club members and fellow athletes during training and during the race itself.
While this program does not provide individualized coaching, it does provide a number of benefits that include a flexible training plan designed by a USA Triathlon Level I certified coach, planned group activities, basic skills clinics in swimming, cycling, and running, as well as information on how to buy and maintain a bicycle and transition between the three sports.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I am new to working out and do not know how to swim, bike or run well. Can I still do this program?
Absolutely! NTP will give you all of the resources you need to complete your first race no matter your athletic background. The training plan and workouts will accommodate everyone from those going from "Couch Potato to Triathlete" as well as anyone who has prior athletic training.
I do not know how to swim at all. Can I still do this program?
This is a difficult question to answer. If you are uncomfortable getting in the water or putting your head in the water or being in deep water, then we might suggest taking some swim classes or getting accustomed to being in the water first. If you are comfortable in water but just cannot make it from one end of the pool to the other without pausing, then we will help give you the skills to get better and more efficient at swimming.
Three years ago I completed my first Sprint triathlon and last year a stumbled through an Olympic distance race. This year, I would like to improve my race times. Is this program for me?
NTP is designed for 'first-time' triathletes. If you have already done a couple of races, NTP may not be for you. The DC Triathlon Club can help you achieve your goals through our various other programs and events. If this sounds like you, Email Us and we will help point you in the right direction.
If I join the DC Triathlon Club but NTP fills before I can register or I decide that NTP is not right for me, will I still be able to complete my first triathlon this year with the help of the largest triathlon club on the East Coast?
Yes! The DC Triathlon Club has many training and educational opportunities to help you complete your first race with confidence and pride. Take a look at our Training Calendar to see some of our excellent training opportunities.
What if I am not able to make all the NTP events, can I still complete a triathlon?
Yes. The training plans are designed to be flexible. We know that your schedules are very busy and that sometimes things get in the way. The more events you attend, however, the more you will get out of the program with respect to both the training and the social aspects of the program.
Please see the Program Information Pages for details and FAQs particular to the class. If you have any additional questions, please email us.