What exactly is a triathlon?A triathlon is a multisport event in which the participant traditionally swims, bikes, then runs. There are many different types of triathlons that vary based upon the length of the disciplines. A sprint triathlon is typically made up of a 1/4-1/3 mile swim, 15 mile bike, and 5k run. An olympic triathlon consists of a .9 mile swim, 25 mile bike, and 10k run. There is also a Half Ironman aka 70.3 which is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run as well as an Ironman aka 140.6 which is made up of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run.
What types of triathlons does the team participate in?Our team only races sprint and olympic distances during our collegiate season. However, we have had team members race Half Ironmans and Ironmans for fun during the off-season!
What is the collegiate season?The NU Triathlon Team (NUTT) is a part of the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference NECTC and participates in races from the end of August through September, sometimes October, against other colleges. In order to race in the collegiate season you must be in good standing with the team which means that you must attend, on average, three practices a week and participate in team events, like volunteering.
Does the team only race triathlons?The vast majority of our races are triathlons, but during the off-season we also participate in local 5ks and 10ks as well as some duathlons.
How often and where do you practice?The NUTTs practice six days a week. A typical week is made up of a track practice on Monday in the fens or Reggie Lewis track (depending on the weather), spin practice Tuesday at Squashbusters, swim practice on Wednesday in Cabot, spin or brick workout on Thursday in Squashbusters, off day on Friday, group run on Saturday, and a swim practice on Sunday in Cabot. Practices are optional, unless you wish to participate in the collegiate races and in that case you must attend three a week like mentioned above.
Do I need a bike for practice?No you do not! We practice inside on spin bicycles in Squashbusters.
Does the team have a coach?Yes we do! Our awesome coach is Anastasia Kaloyanides and she creates our workouts and comes to our races with us!
I really want to join but I don't know how to swim!! Can I still join?Of course you can! Our coach is great and has taught many of our current team members how to swim! If you don't know how to bike or run, we can teach you how to do that as well... although I don't think anyone has ever been incapable of running but there can always be a first haha.
Okay I am convinced, how do I join?Joining is easy, just click here!