Tri Alliance Try the Tri beginner triathlon training

It would be amazing if you could give us a little kudos on our Free Try the Tri program.  If you participated we would love you to leave a little testimonial below encourage others to participate in the Free Tri Alliance Try the Tri 6 week program.

Why would you tell someone else to be part of the Try the Tri program?
What was some of the highlights of your experience?


Everyone is so supportive! The atmosphere at the group sessions is so motivating, no matter what level you are

I looked forward to every session and loved seeing improvements in my fitness and swim/bike/run techniques. Everyone who participated got along really well and Tri Alliance has created an amazing culture. After 6 weeks I am hooked to triathlons and can’t wait for next season!

Olivia Rugg

Quite honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done! On the first day we were told the hardest part was signing up and that was 100% correct. We were supported every step of the way and achieved things I never thought possible

Making some amazing new friends. Discovering a love of swimming in the ocean. Surprising myself. Learning how to run properly. The fun tri in Port Arlington in the toughest conditions but getting through it was amazing. Crossing the line at St Kilda after the sprint! All those weeks of training was all worth it at that moment. Losing 5cm from my waist was pretty great as well. Cannot talk the program up enough. Ollie, Michelle, Paddy and Steph were all amazing and so welcoming to all my stupid questions 🙂

Denise Houlihan

Try the Tri pushed my fitness and drive to a whole new level. It gave me a goal, the tips and tools to achieve it, and a Tri-Fam to motivate me. I felt more energetic and balanced in every aspect of my life, and pushed through some mental and physical boundaries that had been in my way for a long while. Find out what you’re capable of!

- Watching the sun set over the bay at Elwood Beach after a hard session - like magic! - Meeting and connecting with like-minded people, all driven and finding passion in our goal no matter our fitness levels! - Crossing that line at the end of 8 weeks and knowing I had done the very best that I could.

Phoebe Naughton

Because it is great! I learnt quite a lot and all of that for free. On top of that, the people is amazing, we had lots of fun and I also did some really good friends. FInally, Thanks to Try-the-Tri I managed to improve my triathlon times quite a lot, thanks to all the tips on how to be faster in transitions and also because the training made me more fit.

Racing and having the whole TA team cheering for you with those TriAlliance bells! Sunsets at Elwood Beach while swimming were pretty amazing too.

Jonatan Castro

Try the Tri

It was a great experience to be part of Try The Tri with TriAlliance. Ollie and his team of professionals are really passionate for Triathlon and able to guide any beginner in this new challenge!! I really enjoyed that!!


For beginners a Triathlon experience can be very challenge! Ollie and his professional team in TriAlliance make this period very special! They are able to teach, encourage and help any beginner that faces any kind of difficulty!

The encouragement and motivation Tri Alliance coaches give us was the best experience for me!


If you have ever considered doing a triathlon, this is the program for you. It’s amazing how quickly you get hooked on the training and how much you notice improvements in your fitness and skills. Plus you get to meet really great people who are in the same boat as you. The coaches are fantastic and couldn’t be more supportive. Their knowledge and ability to turn you into triathletes is outstanding.

When I started I couldn’t run very far, I was slow on the bike and swimming in the ocean was nerve racking. But now I can do all three and enjoy it! I’ve made some awesome friends and the whole Tri Alliance family are a great bunch. I couldn’t be prouder that I have now completed two triathlons and am keen to go back for more.

Donna Sullivan

I signed up to Tri-Alliance to get myself ready for my very first triathlon. Suffice to say, it went brilliantly but more importantly I loved every moment of it. Everyone apart of Tri-Alliance was super welcoming. The coaches are very knowledgably and always providing advice. The training was very well organised and focused on developing everyone’s skills and confidence no matter their fitness and skill level. My favourite sessions were Thursday nights at Elwood, training hard pushing through the pain with a backdrop of the beach, light breeze and romantic sunset (hard to beat). Race day was another level for me; it was an amazing atmosphere with everyone cheering each other on in the comfort of the mighty Taj

Simon Lee

the best decision i've made was to join the try the tri . i was a bit worried at first not knowing what to expect and i have never participated in a triathlon before but ollie and the coaches put me at ease and has help me in in all levels from gaining confident and the determination to keep on going. but i have to warn you IT IS VERY ADDICTIVE once you Tri you never go back 🙂

the finish of my first triathalon is on top of the list followed by the open water swim . the morning training and watching the sun rise and not to forget the afternoons training and watching the sunset . And on a personal point what i have achieve with the help of the coaches is just amazing.

olivier Hitie

I can’t believe we got this level of training for free! My biggest fear was swimming in the open water and the bi weekly swims at Elwood beach and the tips from the coaches were priceless. In 4 weeks with the support of the Tri-Alliance coaches and virtually one on one coaching most times I successfully managed to swim 200 meters out to the Elwood Beach pole. Never ever thought I’d manage this and I’m so grateful to the team for their encouragement. The support on race day at Portarlington was amazing. It was great to visit the Tri-Alliance Marquee and have so many friendly faces greet me and have somewhere to relax before and after my event. Thanks Tri-Alliance team. You rock!

Anna Kyriakos

Because it motives you to train with like minded people and push yourself to achieve your goals.

Training as a group and seeing all the hard work pay off on race days

Jeremy Robinson

100% recommend for anyone considering doing a triathlon (of any length). I took part in Try the Tri and was overwhelmed by how much valuable information and training you get. I honestly had no idea there was so much to learn about triathlons!What I really love about the program (and also Tri Alliance) is that it is so inclusive. Every training session is designed so that it doesn’t matter what level you are at that sport, it’s all about your own improvements, but with the support of everyone at the sessions to help you get there.


This is your chance to find out what the world of triathlon is all about. You will learn from some great coaches, meet some amazing people and have a great time. Regardless of your fitness level or abilities, this program will give you what you need to get ready for your first triathlon. I put off doing this for a long time and I just wish I had joined sooner.

The thing that makes TA so great is the people. There are awesome coaches, athletes and supporters at every session and race.

Aaron Mitchelson

I’d always wanted to do a triathlon and took the plunge and entered the 2XU series but thankfully stumbled across the Try the Tri programme. Goodness knows what I’d have done without it!!The TA coaches are fantastic! No question was too trivial (and I had lots). The six week programme had us all well drilled and confident to give it a go in the race. It’s been brilliant to be part of the TA gang, thanks for having me 🙂

Lindsey Berne

That's the perfect opportunity and program for starting our Triathlon journey. The programs always finish with a Triathlon race, the sessions are held on a race like environment, the coaches have an excellent technical expertise, and they know how to transfer the right amount of information in the right time, and the time table, training load, and locations were really convenient.

The highlight for me was the combination of training with purpose and like-minded people.

Raphael Maciel

Undecided about whether you should sign up for Try the Tri? Trust me, put all of your doubts and fear aside for a minute and just sign up. Promise you’ll have the best time ever.

Before I signed up, I really only ran recreationally, had not got back on my bike since stacking it on tram tracks, and had never swum in the open water. I figured it could only get better from here.And it did. From day one, you’ll make friends with your fellow tri mates, you’ll be supported by incredible coaches no matter what level you’re at, you’ll be inspired to push yourself more than you imagined, and you’ll have SO MUCH FUN.Go on - do it. We’d love to meet you!

Shereen Mathew

The benefits are amazing. I came into the try the tri program not knowing what to expect. I always wanted to do a triathlon but thought it wasnt for me. I’m not fit, I’m a size 16 and in no way sporty! I was nervous that I would be judged as an outsider as I am not sporty. But it was completely the opposite I have made numerous friends and the support and guidance from the coaches was excellent - exactly what I needed that was personalised in a group setting. I have now competed my first triathlon as a fun tri and am so proud of myself. I’m super excited I canceled my gym membership to continue training with tri alliance to build up my ability and fitness towards a triathlon sprint.

The friends I have made Swimming in the ocean as the sun sets Learning how to run (even if it’s slow) Buying my first ‘proper’ bike ?

Karina bruce

The coaches at Tri-Alliance have an infectious passion for triathlon and supporting every athlete to achieve their best. Whether it be as a competitive athlete or a new comer to the sport, you become a part of the Tri-Alliance community and equipped with the skills to continue as a triathlete.

Completing my first triathlon with confidence and sharing the journey with like minded people.

Emma King

It's free and you have nothing to lose. On top of that you learn alot to improve on your tranining with hands on coaching.

The other members and the quality of the training.

Sarah Ryan

Thanks to Tri-Alliance for this opportunity to complete my first Tri, and all the coaches Paddy Fitzgerald Ollie Allan Michelle Bond Steph Anderson for the intensive training, practical tips and preparation. An amazing program, would definitely recommend Tri-Alliance to any aspiring triathlete. I felt good and confident about what to do (after the pre race walk through session) and had a great experience on race day. Thanks again!

Kath Ng

Conquering my first triathlon was much more than just a physical feat. It was about shocking myself out of my comfort zone and learning to face my fears and challenge them, rather than run from them. The trainers were super genuine and supportive and I didn’t feel like I was competing with anyone else but myself. Highly recommend giving Tri-Alliance a go if you’re looking to challenge yourself, have some fun and meet some inspiring people.

Jo Greig

It's a great way to test the water and see if triathlons are for you. You get to train alongside amazing like minded people who end up becoming your friends and the coaches are so welcoming, motivating and understanding. I warn you though, it's uplifting and addictive!

Meeting new friends who give this program a real social element, swimming at Elwood Beach with the sun setting, employing a routine of a healthy lifestyle and of course getting fitter faster than I would training by myself. I really enjoyed my first race with the group too and all their encouragement.

Kristina Khoo

The try the tri program has been truly life changing for me and I'm am totally hooked. All thanks to the team of coaches at Tri Alliance who have been absolutely amazing!!!! Try the tri has given me more energy than ever before and through this has also given me the patience as a parent that I so very much needed. It's given me drive and passion! I have been existing in flow these past months and loving being there :):)

The biggest highlight for me has been being part of a team and having amazing coaches around me. The Tri-Alliance team has such a great energy and I look forward to being a permanent member 🙂

Tara Catterall

I wanted to complete a triatholon after turning 30. I signed up and then saw that there was a training/coaching offered by tri-alliance -- free for beginners. I showed up my first day not knowing what I was getting myself into. Butafter the 6 week program -- I am a tri-athlete!! I have new friends and the want to complete more events.I would tell someone about this program becasue you gain useful skills while having fun. Meeting new people and having new expereinces while keeping fit, its a win win. The coaches were great, very helpful and truthful when you needed something.

The feeling of achievement and new friends. I had a blast -- even training was fun! But the day of the race was great -- the team cheering you on! And the feel of success! I'll be back the end of 2018 for the season again!

Becki Jones

After watching years or tris and tryin to do them cold is was like magic to learn that completing a tri is a defined set of skills that can be learned... it is not a case of this s for athlete’s Try the Tri is for anyone who likes to have fun

There were several major highlights. Firstly the team atmosphere and inclusiveness regardless of skill, speed , strength age , gender or any other characteristic. It is an al welcome experience which was surprising for a competitive sport. Next you have a choice to compete against other, compete against oneself or just have fun. A huge highlight was overcoming fear of bay swimming and mastering swimming out and around the pole! ( no one cld have convinced me that was possible. And finally it is really a cas of the more you get involved at tri alliance the more you want to get involved. Well done all coaches and well down try te tri group 4

Zena Burgess

Try the Tri is an awesome program teaching basic skills needed for 1st timers run by a team of fabulous coaches. The sessions keep you focused and motivated and the advice is always useful. The team have years of experience and train non professionals to elites in an atmosphere that is all inclusive and everyone trains to the best of their abilities.

Coming from a mainly solitary background of 21 years of long distance running I thoroughly enjoyed feeling part of a team and being supported by the coaches. I hadn't swum distances since I was 15 and had to step right out of my comfort zone and take on learning new skills needed for open water swimming. There's no way I could have completed the swim without all the coaching I received over the 6 weeks. I went from floundering over 25 metres to being able to swim 700 metres without stopping thanks to Ollie, Steph, Michelle and Paddy. Being able to complete my 1st triathlon at the end of 6 weeks was great fun and so much more enjoyable being part of a team! Thanks for the experience Tri-Alliance star coaches!

Evie Dora

It’s one great big Tri-tastic family! Everyone cares & everyone supports you - not just the coaches - everyone!

Kat Adams

If you want to get involved in the sport of Triathlon there is no better place to start than Try the Tri! The program will exceed your expectations. Every session is different, tailored to your needs, you will pick up valuable knowledge from the coaches to implement your own training so try not to miss a session! I could not recommend Try the Tri highly enough, you will come out a new highly improved version of yourself once you've completed the course.

The whole Try the Tri program was easily one of the best things I've ever done my whole life. Prior to the program I had a fear of the open water, had not swum deeper than my toes could touch and very unfit with my cardio. This all changed and looking back, as amazing as it felt crossing the finish line on event day, the true highlights of my experience were within the training stage with my team. The camaraderie in our group was incredible and the support from the experienced coaches was second to none. Thanks Tri-Alliance!

Kester Adalia

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