WORD FROM THE COACHES

Yet another recovery week has arrived, it seems like the weeks are rolling in fast as we all begin the countdown to our “A” races! If you need some added motivation consider starting a countdown, change your passwords: “NOOSABABY” “IAMIRON” and or create a playlist of your favourite motivating tunes.

Coming up this weekend we have our Pre Season training camp with Jarrod Evans and in the coming weeks plenty of opportunities to practice your race plans with Hazelwood, Richmond Duathlon & Yarrawonga on the Tri calendar. We encourage you to use one of these races as train through to brush up on your skills, practice your race nutrition and get a handle on those pesky nerves. If you’re not sure which race to do make sure you touch base with one our coaches.

 

Get ready to dust off your Time Trial Bikes, because after this weekend, the majority of our rides will be on the flat and focusing on race pace efforts. If you haven’t had your bike serviced since you put it in the spare room after the last race, (firstly shame on you!) but now is the time to have a once over by the guys at Bicycles Inc. Haven’t got a TT bike? Why not chat to the boys about the new GIANT range. We have some excited athletes eagerly awaiting theirs in the next couple of weeks and you could be one of them! With prices starting as little as $2,000 (yes you read right!)

Not in the market for a TT bike yet? No worries, an easy way to convert your bike into TT mode is by purchasing a set of Time Trial Bars. The guys at Bicycles Inc can also assist you with these. So make sure you get yourself prepared and keep an eye out on further communication as we change over to our Summer training timetable.

TRI ALLIANCE WELCOMES AMY HIBBERT TO OUR COACHING TEAM
We are excited to welcome Amy Hibbert as our newest member of our ever growing team of experienced and professional coaches. Some of our athletes may have already met Amy over the past couple of weeks as she assisted in Coaching sessions and participating in sessions as an Athlete herself. Amy comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in strength and conditioning, working with novice and intermediate triathletes, is a qualified personal trainer and has also qualified for and raced in the big one – Kona, Hawaii last year. Welcome on board Amy, we look forward to you sharing your knowledge and experience with our athletes. Click here to read Amy’s profile.

UPDATE FROM THE US.OF.A
We have now made our way up into California to South Lake Tahoe. Literally a training ground mecca. The town hovers at 2,000+metres above sea level, and sits alongside it’s own lake – a lazy 115km bike ride around. The ideal training ground for everything outdoors. Don’t take the altitude lightly though, our first ‘coffee shop ride’ with our roomie Brett saw us gasping for air as we climbed our first hill while he coasted up. Nice shock to the system!
We will be training and working from here for the next 2 weeks, then make our way to Kona early October. Unfortunately Ollie’s prep isn’t going as well as planned, still limited to next to no running. So for him his first Kona will be about completing the race and enjoying the atmosphere rather than having a crack at the race as he’d like. This however, will just make him hungrier to come back again. So don’t think this will be the last of his Kona campaigns…..
Marina on the other hand we hear is tracking super well and we can’t wait to catch up with her when we land in Kona. Keep up the great work Marina – see you in a few weeks.

BROOKS DUATHLON RACE 3 – RESULTS
It was a solid effort by the TA crew at Kew Blvd Duathlon last weekend. We secured all the colours and made our presence known!

It was a cold start to the day and not a course for the faint hearted. But let’s just share with you the highlights of the day.

1. The 5 am commute began with a false alarm when coach Emma thought the TA Van battery was flat.
2.We were all very lucky to make it to the venue on time as our usual route was blocked off early and almost every side street leading into Studley Park is a dead end.
3. Xavier lost his gel in the race start and hesitated over whether or not to go back for it. Later he would debate with himself over those lost seconds along with another incident.
4. Xavier gains a mention again for his gutsy choice to give the running mount a shot. Having never tried this move before, he came so close to nailing it but unfortunately lost his shoe with yet another few seconds lost. Having only missed out on 3rd by 7second we are left to ponder what if?
5. Nerves were on high for new comers Emma & Anne Marie who both tackled the course and came away with smiles and great results to start their season.
6. Geoff and Emma both were happy with their performances and take away some valuable insight into how they tracking leading into Age group Worlds in a mere 5 weeks.
7. Coach Ryan tore up the bike course posting the FASTEST bike time for the day but elation soon turned to frustration when he discovered the loss of yet another phone…….lucky a good Samaritan handed it not the local cop shop 🙂

Results:

Geoff Taylor – 1st, 50-55, 1.13.5
Emma Oliver – 1st, 20-24,  1.23.53
Ryan Bourke – 2nd, 25-29, 1.07.57
Emma Donati – 3rd, Open, 1.12.54
Xavier Flynn – 4th, 35-39,  1.10.30
Anne Marie Cooke – 4th, 25-29,  1.47.26


NEXT UP – HAZELWOOD TRIATHLON (ARE YOU RACING?)

We need to know if you are planning on racing the Hazelwood Triathlon in two weeks time. We are deciding whether to take a tent down to the venue, however we are unsure who is racing. If you are, please email info@tri-alliance.com.au. We will then provide you with details next week. This race is being held on Sunday 30 September and is a great chance for a hit out leading into the season. Nothing like a bit of race practice! We already have big hitters Geoff Taylor, Emma-Lise, Ryan Bourke, Michael Grau-Veliz, Mark Skilton, and Xavier Flynn heading to the race. So why not join them! Click here for more info on the event and to enter.

TIME TRIALS THIS WEEK
This we we are holding our final Time Trials.  Your last chance to check yourself against the clock and put into perspective where your training is at. We have already had a great start to this round of time trials with some athletes taking minutes off their previous times. CLICK HERE to read why our time trials are important and some outstanding results so far.
Monday:
6.00am Swim TT Northcote – Beginners & Low Intermediate
6.00pm Swim TT MSAC – Top Intermediate
7.15pm Swim TT MSAC – Beginners
Tuesday:
Morning – OFF, recovery
6.30pm Recovery WT session, all levels
Wednesday:
6.00am Swim TT Northcote – Advanced & Top Intermediate
6.00am Swim TT MSAC – Advanced
7.15pm Swim TT MSAC – Low intermediate
Thursday:
6.15pm Run TT MSAC – all levels
6.30pm Run TT Maribyrnong River – all levels
Friday:
6.00am Recovery Swim Session  Northcote – all levels
5.30am Recovery Swim Session MSAC – Advanced only
6.30am Recovery Swim Session MSAC – Intermediate only
**Commencement of our Pre Season Camp, Apollo Bay 
Saturday:
Pre Season Training Camp – no coached sessions in Melbourne.
Recommended: Meet at Elwood Lifesaving Club, 6.30am for Ride/Run
Athletes to follow own program/distances.
Sunday:
Pre Season Training Camp – no coached sessions in Melbourne
Recommended: Meet at Elwood Lifesaving Club, 7.00am for Ride/Run
Athletes to follow own program/distances.

PRE SEASON TRAINING CAMP – THIS WEEKEND
This weekend 45 athletes and 3 Coaches, including VIS Assistant Coach Jarrod Evans head down the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay for our third camp for the season. Our athletes attending this camp will gain huge benefits not only from the training but also the time learning from one of the most respected coaches in the industry. We wish everyone attending a great camp.

 

TRI ALLIANCE CLOTHING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
With the launch of our NEW LOOK clothing range, we have been receiving a few questions. Make sure you read our frequently asked questions below to find out your answers. And if your answer isn’t here, please let us know. CLICK HERE to read our FAQ’s.

CLOTHING ORDERS:
To ensure your order arrives in time for NOOSA and SHEPPARTON, orders need to be in by the following dates:

  • Elite Range (Rocket Science) – no later than this Friday 21 Sept
  • Entry Level Range – no later than this Friday 28 Sept
  • Running & Cycling Gear – no later than this Friday 28 Sept
  • *Please note that cycling kits will be a further 2-4 week wait.

**PLEASE NOTE – Athletes ensure you are not logged in when purchasing gear. Prices online are set at athletes prices already. If you purchase gear with a discounted price, the difference will be added to your direct debit PLUS a $5 administration fee. You can ensure you are logged out by clicking ‘log out’ on the left hand panel in the tri shop. CLICK HERE TO ORDER ONLINE TODAY!

EXCITING BUY BACK OFFER!
For any athlete who has an old Tri Alliance race suit, you can bring back your old suit and replace it for a BRAND NEW ONE for only $55 (or $75 for two piece)

Conditions apply:

  • Buy back valid until 28/09/12 only
  • Valid on ENTRY LEVEL one and two piece suits only
  • Offer valid on current Tri Alliance Race Gear only (no older designs accepted)
  • Old gear must be returned to Tri Alliance for the offer to be valid, otherwise the full price shall be charged


RECEIVE A FREE TRI ALLIANCE RUNNING TEE OR SINGLET! 
With the summer season on our doorstep, we’re getting ready to start our famous Try the Tri program!

If you have friends, family or work colleagues who might want to Try a Tri, now’s the time to get them involved! Every current Tri Alliance athlete who introduces at least one new member to one of our upcoming Try the Tri programs will be rewarded with one of our brand new super cool running shirts! How cool is that!

This season there are five programs for our newbies to choose from, click here for full details.

Be one of the first to secure one of the brand new Tri Alliance running shirts. All you need to do is have your newbie mention that they were referred by you when they register themselves for one of the above programs. Once their payment has been processed, you can claim your FREE running shirt or singlet. Simple as that!

The small print: Subject to size availability. Offer available for each of the above programs. One shirt per person. Newbie must not already be registered. Newbie must mention your name when they register. Referrer must be a Tri Alliance athlete as at 1 September 2012. Shirt available once program paid in full. Shirt should always be worn with pride. Happy running! 

NEW ZEALAND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: ATHLETE PROFILES
With just over a month until this years Sprint and Olympic Distance World Championships being held in New Zealand, each week ‘Zoolander’ will catch up with one of our qualifiers to find out how their training is going and their thoughts leading into this years Age Group Championships. First up is GEOFF TAYLOR read his story here.

ELWOOD LIFESAVING CLUB
We will be commencing our Summer training program in October – which means our famous Combo sessions at Elwood. To ensure you are organised, now’s the time to sort our your Elwood Lifesaving Club Membership. For just $85 you will become an associate member of the Club, allowing you to use their facilities (including change rooms and hot showers!) and for a smaller extra fee you will be able to apply for a foreshore parking permit. Which means you can park for FREE! Every year we have athletes who are caught without tickets and a single parking fine is $80+. So make sure you get yourself sorted.
At our first Combo session we will have a representative from the Club to sign off of parking permits. So be prepared and sign up with the Club early!
Click here to read more: Elwood Lifesaving Club Membership Details 2012

ROCKET SCIENCE WETSUITS – ON SALE NOW! (30% OFF RRP!)
Are you racing in September/October and want to get yourself into a brand new wetsuit? Make sure you check out this limited time offer to Tri Alliance Athletes!

30% off RRP for the period 1 Sept – 30 Oct 2012.

  • Real Joe/Jane Sleeveless Wetsuit RRP $300 Now $210
  • Real Joe/Jane Wetsuit RRP $379 Now $265
  • Elite Wetsuit RRP $450 Now $315
  • Rocket Carbon Wetsuit RRP $700 Now $510
    Click here to view the Rocket Science Sports Range

To try on and purchase a new Rocket Wetsuit at this fantastic price, drop in and see the boys at Xosize: 282 Centre Road Bentleigh. 
Also stay tuned for details on an upcoming demo day in October.

 

UPCOMING RACES:

Long Course
13/14 Oct – IM World Champs, Kona. Good luck to Ollie and Marina Jurjevic
14 Oct – Melbourne Half/Full Marathon
28 Oct – Port Macquarie Half Ironman
18 Nov – Shepparton Half Ironman
9 Dec – Ironman Western Australia
16 Dec – Canberra Half Ironman

Short Course
30 Sept – Hazelwood Sprint/Olympic Distance Tri
7 Oct – Duathlon Race 4, Richmond (Vic Championships)
21 Oct – Sprint Distance World Champs. Good luck to Michael Grau-Veliz
22 Oct – Olympic Distance World Champs. Good luck to Emma and Geoff Taylor
21 Oct – Yarrawonga MultiSports Festival – Vic Olympic Distance Champs
4 Nov – Noosa Olympic Distance
25 Nov – Gatorade Race 1, St Kilda
16 Dec – Gatorade Race 2, Elwood

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