Word from the coaches….
Those back in Melbourne might nearly be sick of hearing about Noosa already – thats if you have been keeping up with all the facebook status’s anyway!! Well so you know, the weather is great and everyone is loving settling into sunny QLD. (Could get used to this actually!) We have around 60 athlete’s making their way up here, with sessions happening over the next few days in preparation for the big race on Sunday – the worlds third largest triathlon race with 5000+ competitors! So best of luck to everyone racing, whether you are chasing a podium, PB or completing an olympic distance for the first time. We look forward to seeing you out on the course!

Following Noosa, the races come in thick and fast including:

  • Florida IM – Saturday 5 Nov, Jay Mueller
  • New York Marathon – Sunday 6 Nov, Juliet Cooper & Brendan Gould
  • Shepparton Half IM – Sund 13 Nov, 50+ TA athletes
  • Race 1 Gatorade Series – Sund 20 Nov
  • Busselton IM – Sund 4 Dec, 10+ athletes
  • Race 2 Gatorade Series – Sund 11 Dec (plus TA Xmas party!)
  • Canberra Half IM – Sund 11 Dec, 4 athletes
  • Canberra Olympic (qualifying race) – Sund 18 Dec, 6 athletes

NOVEMBER Training Timetable

Our November training timetables have now been posted – so make sure you check them out. There are a number of changes to this month’s timetable so please make sure you read them carefully. A few key changes include:

  • NO Swim sessions at MSAC next week due to Pool Closure, Monday and Wednesday PM open water swim at Elwood instead
  • NO sessions next Tuesday due to Melb Cup Day Holiday. Follow your own program, or day off.
  • Tuesday PM windtrainers: 6.15PM starts for Long Course Athletes. So you will need to get there at 6pm for a 6.15pm start. If you can’t, just join in when you can.
  • MONDAY SWIMS AT MSAC: We have now introduced a Monday morning swim. Pleas read below for full details.

Monday Swims at MSAC
Due to the large volume of athletes swimming we have been working tirelessly to find a solution to cater for the numbers. for the month of November we are trialling a Monday Morning swim at MSAC for BEGINNER swimmers. So Monday’s at MSAC will now be:

  • Monday 6.15-7.15am, MSAC Indoor 25m leasuire pool. Beginner swimmers. So if you normally swim in Lane 1 on a Monday night, you will now be swimming Monday mornings.
  • Monday 7.00-8.00pm, MSAC Outdoor 50m pool. Intermediate and advanced swimmers only.

Elwood Lifesaving Club Membership
Tri Alliance is pleased to continue our fantastic relationship with the Elwood Lifesaving Club. And NOW is the time to get your Elwood Lifesaving Club Membership sorted. Cost is $85 for an annual membership.

Why join the Elwood Lifesaving Club?

  • FREE use of the ELSC facilities (open from November) including HOT showers and changerooms (members only access)
  • Access to apply for a foreshore car parking permit (additional cost) – no need to pay for parking ($10!) everytime you train at Elwood over summer OR risk fines from the ever so vigilant parking inspectors!
  • Opportunity to take part in First Aid Certificates, Bronze Medallion courses (plus more!) at Lifesaving Club member rates.

CLICK HERE for full details and to join online TODAY!!

Monthly Post Training Dinners
The ever so social bunch that we are, we will be commencing our post Thursday Night training dinners in November. Join us for dinner at ZANINI’S, 106 Ormond Road, Elwood on the first Thursday of the month, starting next week, Thursday 3rd November.   Enjoy a social catch up with fellow athletes and coaches, a good feed (that you didn’t have to cook yourself!) and a maybe some rehydration! No need to confirm, just turn up. Make sure you save us a seat!

Zanini’s – 106 Ormond Road. Woodfire pizza, pasta and rissoto – plus more!

Season Opening BBQ and Pre Shepparton Review
Join us for our season opening, post training BBQ at Elwood on Thursday 10th November. It will be a great chance to catch up and hear the stories after Noosa, get ready for the Gatorade season ahead and a Shepparton Pre Race Review for our long course athletes. Gold coin donation for a sausage or two.
Not attending our Falls Creek Training Camp? Looking for a mid season boost? Want to have some fun over summer with fellow triathlete’s? Then look no further than our Summer Training Camp! Friday 6 – Sunday8 January 2012. Ideal for beginner and intermediate athletes racing Sprint or Olympic Distance races this year.

The focus of the camp will be fun/social (and challenging!) training while learning loads about triathlon! You will swim, bike and run over the weekend, while training with other similar athletes and having fun while doing so! Location will be approx 1-2 hours from Melbourne – so you could head down after work on the Friday and easily drive back Sunday.
If you are interested in this weekend – please express your interest to [email protected] so further details can be confirmed and provided.

Good Luck to KBS participating in Expedition Adventure Race this weekend
Kristine Banks-Smith
I agreeded a few months ago to join Team SA Ambulance after their female fell sick for the upcoming XPD race which is hosting the World Adventure Racing Championships www.xpd.com.au. For those who I may not have told it is 700-800km of Moutain biking, Kayaking and Trail running/ Trekking non-stop except for the compolsury 6h rest period half way through.

The boys (Morgan, Owen, Scott) and myself are all first timmers so our aim at this point is to just finish. It is going to be the most extreme challange I have taken on yet given the physical and mental strength that will be required, but I figure we only live once.

The race is now just over a week away, starting on November the 2nd and we are hoping to come in around the 8 days mark, with the winners expected to come in around the 5-6 day mark. During the race we will be wearing a device which I have told most of you about that allows you to track me and the boys on our journey. In addition we are made to write a couple of blogs along the way at certain check points. To following us on our journey just head to the website www.xpd.com.au which I believe once the race starts will be updated on the main page with a section for you to click on and see where we are at.

In addition I thought I would mention that as a side project we are raising funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), so if anyone would liek to support a great cause please follow the link to our fundraising page http://www.teamcurediabetes.org.au/sa_ambulance_adventure_racing. I guess it is my duty as the accountant to remind you that donations are tax deductable. In addition there will be some great prizes up for grabs to those who donate from our sponsors such as Pentonvilain.

Hopefully I’ll see most of you on my return! KBS

(Good luck Kristine – from everyone at Tri Alliance!!)

Tri Alliance Annual Christmas Celebrations!
We are currently busily planning our Christmas Celebrations this year and have agreed on the date on Sunday 11 December – post Race 2 of the Gatorade Series (seperate venue in the afternoon). Due to the large number of races in December, it’s been hard to choose a date and unfortunately it does also fall on the Canberra Half, but we couldn’t fit another date onto what is an already very busy calendar.
So stay tuned for further communications as we have a fun afternoon planned for athletes, friends, family and even the kiddies!!


NON Coached long ride. Check facebook for any arranged group rides.

6.50am for a 7.00am start. Session concludes at 9/9.15am.
Meeting at Elwood Lifesaving Club. Bring ALL your race day gear. Grab all your gear out of the car, set up your transitions and get ready for a fun training session of race practise including a mini duathlon (run/ride/run) and aquathlon (swim/run/swim)! (Those in Noosa don’t have ALL the fun!!!)

8.00am Meeting at Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre. Run will either head along the Yarra or Beach Road. Distances NON COACHED. Follow your programs.

Group meeting and leaving from Elwood Lifesaving Club
Ride briefing 6.50AM, rolling out at 7.00AM.
Beach Road ride – easy to moderate ride, (recovery week remember!)
Coaches Emma, Darren & Bernadette.

Falls Creek
Training Camp – January 2012
Give your training a mid-season boost by attending our Summer Altitude Training Camp. Ideal for those who are racing long course events during February – June including the Falls Creek Australian Long Course Championships, Ironman Melbourne, New Zealand, Port Macquarie and more! Use this camp for course familiarisation for those racing the Falls Creek Triathlon on 11 February and gain a performance edge for other long course races by training at altitude.
You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to train and learn from experienced Ironman coaches and experts in the industry of training at altitude. CLICK HERE to read more and to secure your place.


When harnessed, the mind is an extremely powerful tool and the power it can have over the body can be extrodinary. We have all watched clips of althetes continuing in a race when their body has just about shut down. Of athletes going above and beyond what their bodies are capable of simply by focussing their mind. The ‘never give up’ is not giving up when your body has had enough, but never giving up when your mind wants to.

Tri Alliance is excited to align with The Performance and Sport Psychology Clinic (PSPC) to assist athletes inmprove their performance and help achive their goals. “We have met personally with Daniel and Dane from PSPC and we believe they are the right fit for our squad and athletes, bringnig a professional and different approach to Sports Psychology” Head Coach Ollie Allan said of the relationship formed between Tri Allaince and PSPC.
Click here to read more…


We now have an online Trading Post – so if you are buying or selling, make sure you check out what your fellow athletes may be selling or searching to buy….

Triathlon equipment currently selling:

  • Thule Bike Rack
  • Triple Bike Rack
  • Zoot Race Shoes
  • Orca Wetsuit
  • Giant Defy Road Bike
  • Cervelo P3 Time Trial Bike!

CLICK HERE to view our Trading Post


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