WORD FROM THE COACHES
A big weekend for everyone involved in Ironman Melbourne. From our 50 athletes that raced, to our 100+ volunteers working on our aid stations, to those who came along and supported and cheered on their fellow Tri Alliance Athletes. As Coaches, we are extremely proud of each of you. Your commitment to the Tri Alliance family is amazing and makes us proud to share this triathlon lifestyle and experience with each of you. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves as we are of you.
We had four athletes qualify for the Ironman World Championships, along with PB’s from those returning from last year and athletes own individual personal goals and achievements reached, it was a fantastic day all round! Click here to continue reading our race report and full athlete results from the day.
With Ironman Fever over for the year – it’s now time to refocus back on the last race of the Victorian Gatorade/Active Feet Series this weekend – incorporating the Tri Kids Jelly Belly Event!
It’s the final chance for our athletes to hit their race goals – particularly those who have been focusing on the Sprint/Olympic Distance this Season. We have the last of our TRY-the-TRI groups doing their first race, and we have some of our athletes who are bringing their kids down to enjoy the Tri Kids Race. And as an added bonus have encouraged all our Ironman Athletes to come along to the race to repay the favour and support our Short Course athletes racing – so keep an eye out for the Ironman Cheer squad (and if you are lucky you may even see some of them running around on course with you supporting from within!) J So it’s going to be another cracking day for Tri Alliance and Short Course Racing! Click here for race day information and wave start times.
Good luck to each of our athletes who head off in the Championship Waves this weekend and are vying for Series Podium Places, including:
- Sarah Grove FOpen
- Kathryn Siddle F20-24
- Catherine Allison F25-29
- Will Pullin M30-34
- Belinda Griffiths F35-39
- Geoff Taylor M55-59
- Brad Campbell Clydsdale
- Brianna Laugher Athenas
- Julia Hebb Athenas
- Sonia Gregoul Athenas
We also had a number of other athletes finish in the top 10 of their age groups, and looking for a podium finish to cap off the season, so good luck to you all and to everyone racing! Click here to view Series Points Standings.
It’s still not too late to enter! Don’t miss the last race of the season, the weather is looking great, so join in on the fun! Online entries have now closed, however you can head down on Saturday and get your last entry in. We’d love to see as many of our athletes out racing – and what a great way to finish off the season!
MORDIALLOC OLYMPIC DISTANCE
For those are are keen for one last race, we’ll be joining our partners Bicycles Inc and Mizuno Running at the last race of the Team Up Series at Mordialloc. On offer is an enticer (mini), Sprint and Olympic distance. We already have a big crew heading along, so why not come and join us! Click here to read more and to enter.
NO SWIM SESSIONS THIS FRIDAY MORNING
With all our athletes now pretty much in either taper or recovery, there will be NO coached swim sessions at MSAC OR NORTHCOTE. For those who swim at Mentone, the session will still be on, so feel free to head down for a nice light swim session. If you are wanting to get a swim in, feel free to head to either venue still, as lanes will be available and you will still be able to access via your Tri Alliance card.
APRIL TRAINING TIMETABLE – RECOVERY & TRANSITION PHASE
For the majority of our athletes March marks the end of the season and time to recover and have some time off from triathlon. A chance to have a break from the ‘norm’, catch up with friends, have some FUN while still maintaining fitness. So we have again developed a fantastic line-up of sessions and activities during April to allow just that. Sessions will be fun based with a social element, but still allow you to push yourself at times to maintain a base fitness. For those who are still in training for events such as Port Mac or Cairns, please ensure you speak to a Coach in regards to a specific program to lead you into your events.
Click here to continue reading. If you are unsure about this phase of the program, or need to speak to a Coach, please call the office on 9645 2223.
CYCLING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUE PROGRAM
Are you in need of better cycling skills and technique?
Tri-Alliance has designed a beginner – intermediate 6 week specific program that will have you feeling more confident and technically efficient on the bike. Sessions will provide coaching advice, technique and tips on bike equipment including basic servicing, signalling and road rules, group riding skills and etiquette, hill climbing and cornering technique.
For more information and to reserve a place click here.
END OF SEASON PRESENTATION NIGHT! SAT 3 MAY!
The biggest night of the year is our End of Season Presentation Night! In what is touted as THE Social Event of the year, it’s one you won’t want to miss! Final date has been confirmed as SATURDAY 3 MAY and we have a NEW venue booked!!
BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE to avoid missing out!
PRE SEASON TRAINING CAMP – LORNE
We are excited already about this year’s Pre Season Training Camp, held every year over the Queens Birthday Weekend (6-9 June 2014) in Lorne.
We have some exciting developments and additions to this years camp that we can’t wait to share with you! In the meantime make sure you lock this date in your diary and stay tuned for more details to come!
Did you know that as a Tri Alliance Athlete you receive an automatic 15% off store wide at Prahran Health Foods with your athlete ID card (201 Commercial Rd, Prahran 3141).
Head in and see the professional and friendly team for free advice on sports nutrition, products and general health enquiries. Prahran Health Foods are also stockists of Fusion Health products and carry a large range of specialty health foods. Check out the other fantastic benefits of being a Tri Alliance Vic Athlete here.
SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE!
I’m walking 100km in Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne, 2 – 4 May, to challenge myself and to help fight poverty around the world.
I will be completing this challenge as a team of 4 ladies coming together to be called – 3 Girls & a Princess !!
Raising just $250 for Oxfam Trailwalker is enough money to provide orphaned and vulnerable children and their families with nourishing meals for a whole month at a South African crèche. So we are asking for your kind donation in helping us reach our overall target of $5000 – this is going to go a long way! Just $10 or $20 from some of you will be a great help!
Thank you for supporting my 100km Oxfam Trailwalker challenge and for fighting poverty – 3 Girls & a Princess link for any donation
Also like us on Facebook and follow how we are progressing with our training leading up to the day. Appreciate all your support.
Regards Lidia Ursini
GRAB A BOTTLE OF WINE TO HELP CURE CANCER!
Tri Alliance Athlete Julia Hebb and Jodie Prestt are joining forces with Ride to Cure Cancer and are supporting a Wine Drive to help raise money. This is a great initiative as you get something for your donation to the cause – and what better than a bottle (or two, or three…) or a great tasting wine! CLICK HERE to view the order form and more details.
TRAINING DETAILS THIS WEEKEND
SATURDAY 29 MARCH
- 7.30am – IRONMAN RECOVERY RIDE / SOCIAL RIDE
Leaving from Café Racer. If you want a pre ride coffee, head along earlier. Ride will finish at Racer. So if you have finished your racing for the season and looking for an easy ride, come and join our Ironman Athletes – ROAD BIKES ONLY – NO TT Bikes.
- 7.45am – PRE RACE SESSION, STKILDA.
Meet at the race venue 7.30am for a 7.45am start. Will complete a ride, run, course overview and then optional swim. All gear required.
- 9.30/10.00am – TA TAJ SET UP: Catani Gardens, StKilda. We will need 6-8 pairs of hands to assist with setting up the Taj after our pre race session. Same goes with pack up on Sunday. We’d love to see NEW faces helping out.
- 12.30pm – Tips & Tricks and Transition Walk Through. For anyone coming down to the course later, join our tips & tricks and walk through to ensure you are best prepared for your race. Meet at TA Taj at race venue.
SUNDAY 30 MARCH
- RACE DAY! RACE 5 GATORADE SERIES, STKILDA
Ensure you have entered, know if you are in a championship wave – as race start times differ.
Supporting? Wear a Tri Alliance tee/hoodie and bring your cow bells! We want to be loud and proud to spur on our athletes. Viewing point (apart from the TA Taj) will be from near the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, underneath the pedestrian overpass. This will allow you to watch both the bike and run and create a big finishing chute for athletes running to the finishing line. So make sure you join us there!
- POST RACE: Our friends at SuperSprint want to send a THANKYOU to all our athletes for their support over the year, including racing as well as those who have volunteered and marshalled. So they will be providing us with a post race BBQ and drinks – so make sure you hang around after the race. For those who are finishing their season, post-race drinks at Republica around 3pm for those who want to join in, we’ll also have drinks NEXT Sunday for those who are racing the Olympic Distance at Mordialloc and want to save their drinking and dancing until then.
Team Tri Alliance