Whether this is your 7th NCC or your first, there are some Very Important Things you need to know about the USAT National Challenge Competion. Master these Things and your NCC-fu will be strong.
1. Enter your workout miles promptly.
In order to prevent teams (or athletes) from hoarding their miles until the end of the month, and to keep the standings as current as possible, everyone must enter their miles within 7 days of a swim bike or run. The date picker in the entry form only goes back 7 days.
2. Check your mileage entries.
Did you select 'miles' when you mean 'yards'? Did you accidentally add a '0' to your run distance? Errors are easy to fix but even easier if you enter your mileage accurately the first time.
3. Mistakes will happen.
Don't panic. Every year someone enters an epic workout by accident and doesn't notice right away (see point #2). If you see something crazy and it doesn't get corrected then you can contact USAT using the form on the contact page and it will get looked into. It's almost always an entry error and these always get fixed.
Keep in mind though that some NCCers are ultra-distance athletes and are capable of putting in some high-mileage workouts, especially on the run. Runs in excess of marathon distances do get entered.
4. You have 48 extra hours after the end of each session.
After each session ends you will have an extra 48 hours to finish entering your mileage for the session. The 7 day rule still applies though - for example the Swim Session ends at midnight December 31 but you have until midnight January 2 to enter any mileage you put in during the final week of December only. You can't enter anything from weeks 1, 2 or 3.
5. Mileage entry for the Bike and Run Sessions begins on the 3rd of the month.
See point #4 - since the sessions are extended by 48 hours (for mileage entry only - you can't have a swim from January 1 count towards the December Swim Session) the next session opens for mileage entry on the 3rd of the month. Don't worry, the site is not broken. No angry emails please.
And there you have it. Understand these 5 Things and you'll have a more enjoyable NCC experience.
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