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New Triathlete Program {NTP}


Registration for NTP - 2014 will open in mid-January, 2014! Unfortunately, there is no waiting list for this program. Once it is sold out, the class is full.


Members of the NTP - 2014, please click here to access the NTP-only Web page » This page details the training plans, triathlon clinics and group workouts. It also has informational handouts, weekly newsletters, and news updates. You will also find our google calendar there, which will help you plan for both the short and long term. This link will be disabled until after registration opens.


Most of your general questions about the NTP - 2014 program will be answered in the material below but feel free to email with any other questions that you may have.

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NTP is an 18-week structured training program led by dedicated DC Triathlon Club volunteers that offers information and support to help individuals complete their first triathlon. The overall structure of the program is based on racing a triathlon which takes place in the early June time frame. The NTP goal race will offer both Sprint and International (Olympic) distance options, allowing all of the NTP participants in the class to train for and support each other at the same race regardless of the race distance.

While this program does not provide individualized coaching, it does provide:

  • A flexible training schedule designed by a USA Triathlon Level I-certified coach to prepare you for your first race.
  • Planned group workouts and activities.
  • Weekly newsletters with program updates about clinics.
  • Overall monitoring of the group’s progress.
  • An NTP-specific forum area where you are able to ask any sort of questions you want about triathlon.
  • A Mentorship Program linking you to veteran DC Triathlon Club members and experienced triathletes that will serve as a sounding board for any triathlon related questions that you might have.
  • A series of workshops including:
    • Orientation (Triathlon 101) clinic
    • Triathlon gear clinic
    • Bike buying and bike maintenance clinics
    • Basic swimming, biking, & running skills clinics
    • Race-oriented clinics (transitions, nutrition, open-water swimming, etc.)
  • Training Events / Mini-Goals.
  • A planned goal race to participate in with the full support and camaraderie of the DC Triathlon Club and your fellow NTP athletes!


NTP - 2014 FAQ

Is there a chance to find out more information before the program begins? 
Yes. There is an Information Session which we anticipate will be scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the West End Library in D.C, starting at 10:00 a.m. The NTP Co-leaders and Club volunteers will be there to present more information on the program and to answer questions afterwards. If you can't make the meeting, or you have other questions after reading this FAQ, please feel free to email us at

What is the goal race for the New Triathletes?
The NTP - 2014 goal race is the Black Bear Triathlon on June 1, 2014. The race will offer both Sprint and International (Olympic) distance races on the same day in a very scenic location only a few hours drive from the Washington DC area. 

What is the distance of the NTP goal race?
The selected NTP goal race will feature both Sprint and International (Olympic) distance options.

  • SPRINT distance:
    • 0.5 mile (800m) swim
    • 12.5 mile (20km) bike ride
    • 3.1 mile (5km) run
  • INTERNATIONAL (Olympic) distance:
    • 0.93 mile (1500m) swim
    • 25.0 mile (40km) bike ride
    • 6.2 mile (10km) run

Both of these distances are achievable for a first time triathlete. It is up to you to determine which one is the best fit for you.

When does registration open for NTP?
Registration opens for the 2014 class on January 13, 2014. Check back here later for the exact time. 

If I cannot attend the informational meeting, can I still register for the New Triathlete Program?
Yes. The informational meeting is strictly that: informational. We will share the details of the program, allow for extensive Q&A and give you time to digest everything prior to registration.

How much does NTP cost?
To register for NTP you must first be a member of the DC Triathlon Club ($50 per year) and then sign up for NTP at an additional cost of $150. This makes for a grand total of $200. Race registration fee is not included. NOTE: If you have not first become a member of the club, you will not be able to access the NTP registration page!

Is there a wait list for NTP?
There is no wait list for this program. It has been very successful the last few years and registration has sold out in anywhere from a few minutes to about a week. Due to this high demand, we are unable to accept anyone once registration is closed.

When does the program start?
For 2014 the formal training program begins on Monday, January 27th, with an orientation session for registered participants the Saturday before. The entire program runs 18 weeks from start to finish.

What does the training plan look like?
The training period is divided into 5 pre-race periods with 1 post-race period for recovery. The training plan is designed around a 3 week build / 1 week recovery structure and holds to the 10% increase in workload per week build. This structure is designed to let your body build cardio capacity and strengthen those endurance muscles for those 3 weeks but then the 1 week recovery allows those muscles to rest up and engrain that training into your body.

  • Period 1: Introduction to Triathlon
    • Focus on Movement, Timing, and Strength
  • Period 2: Introduction to Cycling
    • Focus on Cycling and Swimming
  • Period 3: Building up the Distance
    • Focus on Running and Nutrition
  • Period 4: Balancing Act
    • Focus on Integrating Triathlon, Work, and Personal Lives
  • Period 5: Putting It All Together
    • Focus on the Goal Race
  • Period 6: Beyond the First Race
    • Focus on Recovery and Planning

What kind of weekly time commitment can I expect from the program?
This depends on whether you opt for the Sprint program or the International (Olympic) program. Each one requires a varying amount of time commitment to train up to the necessary distances. Naturally, the International (Olympic) program is going to require a larger time commitment.

  • Sprint training program
    • From a total of 1 hour per week up to about 6 hours per week.
  • Olympic training program
    • From a total of 2 hours per week up to about 8 hours per week.

When do I have to decide which program I want to do?
Both of these training programs run concurrently, so you have the option of beginning one program and then adjusting as necessary. Naturally though, it is easier to begin training for the International (Olympic) distance and then drop down to the shorter workouts of the Sprint program if you are having difficulties keeping up, than it is to go the other way.

When are the clinics offered?
Clinics are primarily offered on the weekends. This program draws participants from the north Virginia, DC, and Maryland areas, so in order to allow everyone a chance to attend clinics without having to deal with the Capital area's typical traffic congestion, clinics are primarily offered on weekends.

How often are clinics offered?
During the training program, you can expect that there will be a clinic of some sort on almost every weekend. For the skills clinics, we try to offer multiple clinics on varying days of the weekend to provide for people who work one day of the weekend. We also try to offer repeat clinics on varying weekends to provide for people who travel frequently for work.

How often and when are the group workouts?
Group workouts often occur after clinics, so you can expect group workouts to happen almost every weekend. The group workouts tend to be group bike rides and group runs as it is hard to find a pool willing to let us have group swim workouts without charge. The streets are free to ride and run on.

Where do the group workouts and clinics take place?
We try hard to spread out the locations of our events to be fair for everyone. Many of the clinics are hosted at our merchant partners in NoVA, MD and DC (FreshBikes, Sport&Spinal Physical Therapy, and Potomac River Running, to name a few).  Other workout venues will include Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park and, frequently, Hains Point (East Potomac Park).

When do I register for the goal race?
If you are planning to participate in NTP, DO NOT Pre-Register for the goal race! We will work to secure a discounted rate for the group and will share the details with you once your NTP registration is complete.
Do I have to race in the selected NTP goal race?
You are not required to participate in the NTP goal race; however, you will benefit most from the program by doing this race or one that is scheduled for the mid- to late-June timeframe.