WORD FROM THE COACHES
Considering we are inching towards the back end of the triathlon season in Victoria, the energy, enthusiasm and motivation amongst athletes seems to be at an all time high at the moment. With some key races under the belt (Sandringham/Geelong) and some big races ahead, (Davenport, Portarlington, Ironman Melbourne) it’s all systems go. We also have a large number of new athletes starting with us as they graduate from our Try-the-Tri Program and there is nothing like new athletes to reinvigorate those who have had a long hard training and racing season. So keep up the great work team and lets finish off the season strong!

SUPERSPRINT TRI CLUB COMPETITION
For the first time in 3 years, we see ourselves drop from the leader board of the SupeSprint Tri Club Competition for the Gatorade/Active Feet Races. There’s nothing like a bit of friendly rivalry amongst clubs and this year is no different. So if you haven’t signed up for the last two races of the season (Portarlington/StKilda) make sure you do – and remember as a Tri Alliance Athlete you receive a 10% discount, so make sure you grab a discount code from us to enter! Email info@tri-alliance.com.au  Series leaders after race 4

COMPETITION TIME – WHY NOT WIN YOUR WAY IN!!
We have a competition running on our facebook page at the moment. Simply share the post about the upcoming Portarlington Race and you will go in the draw to WIN one of THREE race entries into either of the last two races of the Gatorade/Active Feet Series in Melbourne. (exc Portarlington Long Course). Competition closes 10am THIS Friday 22 Feb when winners will be announced.
CLICK HERE TO SHARE AND WIN!

PORTARLINGTON RACE ACCOMMODATION
We have ONE SPOT FREE in our group accommodation in Portarlington for the race on Sunday 17 March!  If you haven’t organised yourself a bed, email sarah@tri-alliance.com.au ASAP!

NISSAN CORPORATE TRIATHLON Nissan Corporate
What a magnificent day at this years Melbourne Nissan Corporate Triathlon. Tri alliance had around 15 new ‘triathletes’ through our beginner Tri program with Coach Bdette, another 30odd short course athletes enjoying a hit out AND the fastest team overall and winners of the Corporate Males. Well done to everyone involved in the day! Always a great event to be involved in.

BBQ FUNDRAISER – THIS THURSDAY NIGHT (WE NEED YOUR HELP!)
BBQTaking advantage of this fabulous weather, we will be holding a BBQ Fundraiser this Thursday Night after our Combo Session. On the menu will be your favourite BBQ meats, home made salads, soft drink and maybe even some sweet treats!
So if you haven’t committed to raising your own funds towards our Smiling for Smiddy Campaign, why not come along and support our BBQ tomorrow night. And bonus dinner with no cooking!
Cost: $10 per person all you can eat, with all proceeds donated to Tri Alliance Victoria Smiling for Smiddy Campaign!
WE NEED HELPERS – as with any fundraiser, to make them worth while, we need some help. We are looking for:
* A chef (or two)
* People who would be happy to bring a salad – ie potato, coleslaw, green etc
* People who may like to make/bring some treats! 🙂
Please email sarah@tri-alliance.com.au if you (or family member) can assist.

MIZUNO RUNNING SHOE TRIALSMizuno Running
The Team from Mizuno will be at our Combo Session this Thursday Night and will have plenty of shoes to trial. So you can leave your old shabby runners at home and upgrade to a new pair for tomorrow nights session and see what you think!
The team will also be talking about when the is the best time to change/upgrade your runners, racing flats plus more. We have a big Thursday night planed, so make sure you don’t miss this one! 🙂

MSAC SWIM SESSION – MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY
Please note that on Monday 25 February we will be changing the swims sessions slightly – for this night only! So please note the following in your diary!
6.00pm – Long Course Athletes – all levels (those still training for Half/Full IM this season)
7.20pm – Short Course Athletes – all levels
*This is due to an IM Melbourne info session we are holding post 6pm swim session, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

TRI ALLIANCE TAKES ON IRONMAN MELBOURNE AND WE WANT YOU !IM Melbourne Training
Our team of athletes training for Ironman Melbourne are now in their final big 3 week build into the race which is now only 5 short weeks away. Around half of those racing are new to the Ironman Distance – so the Ironman Campaign has been a huge learning curve and tough on the body both physically and mentally.
Over the next 3 weeks, our athletes will be completing runs from Frankston back through to Sandringham and Elwood in the aid to help them prepare for the course on race day.
This is where YOU come in. Our fantastic partners GIANT BICYCLES have provided us with two Giant Mountain Bikes to use while training, and our athletes would love if anyone is free to jump on a bike and follow/float amongst our athletes as they run back towards Melbourne. Runs start at 8.00am in Frankston on Sunday Mornings for the next 3 weeks. Tri Alliance can provide transport to Frankston for both yourself and the bike (leaving at 6am though) for you can arrange alternatives. (maybe meet us half way?) Up to you! Contact sarah@tri-alliance.com.au if you would like to be involved.

GIANT SPECIAL!

LOOK THE PART IN TRI ALLIANCE GEAR!
We have received fantastic feedback on the recent additions to our Tri Alliance Clothing Range including our running and cycling gear. So much so that we sold out of cycling gear in the first week of it arriving! Our new order is currently in production already and will arrive in 3 weeks. So if you missed out you won’t have too long to wait.
We still have varying sizes in stock of all clothing though – so if you haven’t got your hands on training or racing gear yet make sure ORDER ONLINE TODAY!

TRI SHOP ONLINE ORDER DISTRIBUTIONS:
Please note the following changes to distribution of clothing or other items purchased through our online tri shop:

  • From THIS THURSDAY ONWARDS, no items will be available to pick up at session/s. (Excluding gear that is on back order at the moment).
  • Gear can either be PICKED UP from the Tri Alliance Office 3/20-26 Sabre Drive Port Melbourne OR you must purchase postage as part of your order. Your items will be posted within 48hours.
  • If you do not purchase postage, it is assuming you would like to pick up, and you will be required to contact us to arrange a day/time. Our office is generally open 10am-4pm Monday-Thurs or 10-2pm Fridays.

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HALF / FULL IRONMAN ATHLETES:
If you are completing a Half/Full Ironman Race this season AFTER Portarlington (ie Port Mac/Cairns) can you please email sarah@tri-alliance.com.au to confirm your race plans. Athletes we currently have confirmed are:
Port MacQuarie – Tim French, Jeremy Williamson, Charlie Nathan
Cairns Full – Marina Jurjevic, Jay Mueller
Cairns Half – Brad Campbell
So ensure you let us know so we can make sure your training build is correct and you receive relevant information.

IRONMAN MELBOURNE & IRONMAN PORT MAC INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  • Race nutritional review & planning: Tonight – Wednesday 20 February. An up close and personal race nutrition and hydration review and planning with Ironman Head Coach Ollie Allan and Darryl Griffiths from Shotz Sports Nutrition. If you haven’t RSVP’d, make sure you do. CLICK HERE for more details and to RSVP.
  • Ironman, the mental game: We have the pleasure in inviting you to a night with our Sports Psychologist Daniel (Dan) Dymond on chatting all things about mental preparation for Ironman. Both for your final weeks of training, pre race and during the race. It will be an informal get together to allow you to ask as many questions, throw around ideas ect. Not compulsory, but another tool for your Ironman belt.CLICK HERE for more details and to RSVP

CONGRATULATIONSCarly Laughton and Bart Kohler
A big congratulations to long-time Tri Alliance athletes Carly Laughton & Bart Kohler, who announced their engagement last week at training! The lovely couple met each other in the squad and will now enjoy a ‘Tri Alliance Wedding’ Oh and did we mention they have THE cutest Labrador pup in the world! 🙂

 

FIT HEALTH INSURANCE – $150 CASH BACK!
With recent changes to the health system, you can’t afford to not have Health Insurance these days. FIT Health Insurance are offering Tri Alliance athletes $150 CASH BACK plus NO 2 or 6 month waiting periods of private and extras. FIT Insurance Logo
CLICK HERE to read more on this exclusive offer, and click here to find our why FIT Health Insurance is fantastic for sporting people – they reward you for staying fit! Offer valid until 28 February 2013. So get in quick!

WINNING THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER……
Triathletes like to win. There is no doubt about it. They like to be the best at what they do. Whether that be a race, at work, being a good friend, training partner. You name it and we like to be the best at it. Some would call us over achievers or perfectionists, others just call us down right mad. But either way you look at it, it can only be a good thing for the world we live in! :)

AND SO….. When we we provided with the idea of supporting Smiling for Smiddy to help fight cancer, we thought what better way to help others AND this was another way to WIN! WIN AGAINST QUEENSLAND THAT IS! :)

Thanks to Brianna Scarlett and Michelle Grocock who are our biggest fundraisers so far, plus the numerous other athletes friends and family who have donated. Tri Alliance Victoria has already raised $8,089 towards our goal target of $50,000 (nearly double Tri Alliance Queensland if you were wondering!) ;)
Click here to sign up and start fundraising or click here to donate today.

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SHARE OFFICE SPACE WITH TRI ALLIANCE
Tri Alliance currently shares their office/warehouse with major Coffee Company Degani Cafe who will be relocating to a larger space next month. So here is a unique opportunity for a business to share a prime office location in Port Melbourne. Upstairs office space for lease is 102 sqm and includes: Kitchenette and bathroom facilities and 3 car spaces. Asking Price base rent $21,500 + outgoings. If you would like further information please contact: George Vasiliadis georgev@degani.com.au 0418 568 088 or speak to Ollie.

 

TRAINING DETAILS THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY

SHORT COURSE
Advanced – short course ride (invite only) leaving Cafe Racer 6.00am for caffeine hit, for a 6.30am roll out. Coach Ryan.

Intermediate – Run/swim/aquathon. 7.00am Elwood Lifesaving Club. Bring Swim and Run Gear only and get ready for a great session with Coach EMMA! We also encourage those Half IM athletes who just completed Geelong and do not have another Half Ironman this season to head along. You will then have Sunday off to enjoy! :)

Beginners – Try-theTri Program 9.30am, Elwood Lifesaving Club. Bring all swim, bike and run gear. Coach Bdette.

LONG COURSE –
Beach Road Race Specific Ride – All levels. 6.10am for a 6.15am ride start, meeting at Elwood Lifesaving Club. Portarlington and IM Melbourne athletes to bring their runners for run off the bike. Ensure you practice full race nutrition and clothing.


SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY

SHORT COURSE – RIDE, BRICK AND BIKE SKILLS: Bring your bike and Runners! (What you would use race day). Coach Darren is back and has a great session planned for our Short Course athletes. Including Kew Boulevard Ride, Run off bike and bike skills.
Meet: Studley Park Boathouse, Boathouse Road, Kew. 7.00am for a 7.10am start.

LONG COURSE –
Half IM athletes or those not racing IM Melbourne: Non Coached run, however meet 8.00am at MSAC for your programmed run or run from own location.

Ironman Melbourne Athletes – IM Melb Course Swim & Run. Meeting 5.50am for a 6.00am carpool from Half Moon Bay. Those leaving cars and don’t have a permit you may want to park in the side streets (free). 7.00am swim at Frankston, 8.00am run from Frankston back to Half Moon Bay. Please ensure you have read all the details online and organised your car pooling. Click here for full details and to arrange car pools with athletes.

HAPPY TRAINING!
Team Tri Alliance

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