Entries Tagged as 'stats'

Tri-Replicator

NCC , stats

Triathletes are not lazy by nature, this much we all know to be true. But we also don't like doing more work than we have to, especially when it comes to logging and tracking workouts. 

Pittsburgh Tri Club member and all-around smart guy Roman Kharkovski knows this. So he decided to make life just a bit easier for everyone who uses both Training Peaks and the USAT NCC site. 

The Tri-Replicator is a free product that makes it easy to replicate Training Peaks workouts on the USAT NCC site without having to re-enter everything. Last year 30 people used it (and liked it) and we're happy to make it available again this year. It's really pretty cool.

If you use Training Peaks and want to save time re-entering those workouts into the NCC site then the Tri-Replicator is for you. 

Get the Tri-Replicator here.

 

Widgets! They have changed

teams , NCC , mileage , stats

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. 

One Athlete's Inspiring Story

NCC , mileage , stats

Most of you have no doubt been following the results of this year’s competition pretty closely, and have been checking out the results for individual athletes. If so you’ve probably also been wondering about some of the incredible mileage recorded by some of these elite athletes, in particular by David Bowne of Jet City Tri.

David, winner of the Bike Session, has as of February 15th amassed over 8,000 miles on his bike. That’s impressive. How can anyone log so many miles so quickly, you might ask. David has kindly agreed to share his story with everyone else competing in the National Challenge Competition.

The NCC has filled a hole in David's life. Seven years ago, David was diagnosed with an illness and had to have a spinal cord implant.  Doctors advised him not to compete in or train for marathons.

Last year, David's 20 year old son was killed in a car accident.  After the tragedy, he went to a therapist and was encouraged to start working out.  David's teammate on Jet City Tri, David Bianchi, encouraged him to use the bike trainer.  He started out slowly, riding only 5 miles at a time, but has increased his mileage to the point where he has now ridden 400 miles in one day.  

David wakes up at 4:00 a.m. and rides the trainer until 7:30 a.m.  He then puts in a full work day and comes home to train again.   Weekends are long as he has logged 100 miles on Saturday & Sunday, 200 miles on a Saturday and Sunday and 400 miles on a Saturday in one session.

This year, the NCC has deeper meaning to the Jet City Tri team. The team is putting together $50 donations into a ‘winner take all’ competition, with the money going to the charity of the winner's choice. David is doing the competition in the name of his son, and if he wins (which seems likely!) his funds will go towards his son’s scholarship fund.  

David's motivation comes from his son’s love for sport. He is aiming to reach 10,019 miles by the end of the competition. The final 19 miles has a significant meaning as it was his son’s favorite number.   In the future, David plans to compete in an Ironman race.

As athletes and friends, we should all be encouraging and supporting David in his final mileage in the competition.

Weighted vs Actual Mileage

NCC , mileage , stats

This year, as you probably already know, USAT has implemented a weighting system for swim and run miles. Since those distances are harder to accumulate than bike miles, each swim mile is worth 10 miles and each run mile is worth 3. Simple. 

So which miles are shown on the Race-Tracker site? It depends. Weighted miles are shown in some places, actual miles in others. Here's the breakdown:

Home page total mileage display: actual miles. This is the widget that shows total miles to date for all clubs.

Widgets on the widgets page: actual miles. These are widgets you can embed in your own website with a few simple lines of code.

Standings pages: weighted miles. Since the standings are based on the weighted mileage, these are shown that way. 

Team results pop-up windows: weighted and actual miles. In the standings page, click any team name to see an athlete-by-athlete breakdown of swim, bike and run distances. Both actual and weighted miles are shown.

Statistics page: actual miles. The statistics page shows average and total miles by gender and age group. For the true tri geeks among us.

 

 

Adding Swim and Run Distances

NCC , mileage , stats

A quick post to answer some questions club reps have been asking about how to enter swim and run distances.

This year the swim and run distances will be weighted as outlined on the Rules page on the NCC site. Every swim mile will be worth 10 miles, and every run mile will be worth 3 miles. BIke miles remain the same, ie. they are un-weighted. 

The question is "should I enter the actual miles or the weighted miles when I enter distances for my club?"

The answer is enter the actual miles your athletes swim (or bike) or run. The weighted distances will be calculated automatically, you don't have to do that yourself. 

You may enter your swim miles in either yards or meters. The distances will be automatically weighted and converted to miles for the team standings.

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