BTC Fun! USAT National Challenge Competition

BTC - NCCBuffalo is under siege from the weather and this time of year by other triathlon clubs! Northtowners need to head to the Southtowns with their shovels to help dig our snowed in members so we can get busy kicking butt in the USAT National Challenge Competition starting December 1st!

Some of you may have seen on Facebook or email about the upcoming USAT National Challenge Competition (NCC). This post is for anyone that is new to the NCC as well as a hint to the competition veterans to get off their butt and get ready to dig in.

What is the USAT NCC?

The easiest thing to do here is to refer you to their website for more details or to look at this Flyer (Click image below to make larger). However in its simplest terms the BTC will be competing against other clubs (Division 1) accruing points each time one of our registered athletes logs their data (swim/bike/run)into the system. The competition is broken up into sessions: December/Swim, January/Bike and February/Run.


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How to Sign Up

Join up with your fellow BTC’ers for some fun and stay in shape, heck get in better shape, this off season!

Step One: Send an email to with your name, USAT membership #, and age.

Step Two: You will get an email conforming your registration. It will look something like this:

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Step Three: Go to the login page in the email and login to confirm your registration. Once the competition starts December 1, 2014 (Swim Session) you will see a place to log your distances, time and any other factors they ask for like mileage. You will return to this page often throughout the competition so save the password and bookmark the page.

It’s really that simple!

Interclub Challenges and Fun!

Lets face it. The offseason is sometimes hard to get motivated. While the NCC is fun we also like to give out some prizes and challenge each other to be our best. There has been lots of chatter about this on Facebook so if you are not active on our Facebook page get on over there and join the fun. Charlie Watson is not only the NCC club coordinator but has also come up with some ideas for fun inter-club competition. His idea from Facebook:

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 11.40.03 AMThis year I propose we hold a competition that is more interactive and more personally oriented: Goading.

Let’s turn the “Challenge” into “Challenges” (friendly, fun challenges). Personally challenging a friend, training partner or training group into a duel. Use your own creativity, but be cautious; your pride is on the line.

Here is a basic example:
Joseph M Drees could challenge Keith Burtis to bike 100miles in a week. He could agree to it and they would decide some ground rules (independently on trainers, together in spin classes etc., ). At the end of the 5 days if Keith completed it and Joe did not because he is instead drinking busch light in some tree stand, I’m sure there would be some good spirited Facebook trash talking. We could also assign some point system to challenging and completing challenges. All the while building miles for our NCC.

Another good example:
Greg Murnock would challenge Jennifer Toth Astalos to his Birthday swim years x 100yds. Obviously they both would complete it because Greg is so young and they are both good swimmers. They would both get a point but Greg may get two for being the challenger.

A bad example:
I could challenge Joe Pautler to 20 running miles in a week. This would be in bad form because we all know Joe is recovering from knee surgery last year. He may counter challenge 10 miles in a week. It would still be a stretch for me right now.

Another bad example:
Jennifer Sullivan Bell could challenge Derek Bell to anything but because he’s a wimp and opted out of our Ragnar team this year due to “buying a house”, she may need to challenge someone better equaled to her abilities. (Oh snap)

All of the rules would still need to be ironed out but the basic rules are:
#1. this is for fun and fitness. But mostly for fun.
#2. you need to be in the NCC and probably should be in the BTC Facebook group for communicating purposes. And good old fashion group smack talking.
#3. Be creative with challenges but keep it NCC oriented so we build miles. We could create a point system so at the end of the competition in February maybe you’ve done 20 challenges and we can have a grand challenge prize winner.
#4. Keep your challenges within or near to your training plan. Let’s not make this “that winter when everyone got stress fractures”.
#5. Be cautious of who you challenge. e.g. Don’t challenge Josh Hanley and Kristina Marquez to run 100miles in Leadville because before you know it, you’re in Colorado running in the woods at 2am. There are various levels of crazy in this club. Stay within your level.

Lets have fun and stay fit this offseason. Join the NCC and challenge someone to a duel!