WORD FROM THE COACHES
It’s already been a busy week this week, with the wrap up from the Gatorade/Active Feet Season opener on Sunday, our Shotz Hydration test Monday Night at swimming, on Thursday we have a great night planned at our combo session, with Mizuno having shoe run trials, Bicycles Inc down with the latest and greatest, and we’ll throw on a BBQ as art of our Monthly athlete dinner afterwards ($5cash, RSVP here). We’ll also have a group of our beginners who just completed their first triathlon on the weekend, so make sure you make them feel welcome! 🙂 With the weather set for a balmy 38degrees why wouldn’t you want to come along!

Reminder for those who are currently on our Social Training Program – you are required to let us know which Social option you would like to go to – General Social or Social Swim or you may like to upgrade to our Short or Long Course Programs. You can read more on the changes to our Social Program here.

We are still seeking expressions of interest for our Falls Creek Altitude Camp & Summer Training Camp. Details are outlined below in the newsletter, so make sure you have a read and email Sarah if you are interested.

Earlier in the week we asked athletes to complete our Athlete Races & Training Survey to help us plan, prepare and program for the coming months. If you have yet to complete this please click here before this Friday 30 November.

Those of you may have read in the recent Shepparton 70.3 eNews that Tri Alliance was the 2nd place getters in the Club Prize at the recently held race. For your efforts in supporting and generally being awesome we have won a large cooler esky. They have told us those that it has been emptied of the Corna’s that is WAS full with! Sorry guys, empty esky it is! 🙂
“A great display of professionalism yet practicality, with a large team represented and great support provided to many.” Shep Committee

Keep reading to keep up to date with everything happening in and around the squad….

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THIS THURSDAY 29 NOV NIGHT COMBO
This Thursday’s combo is set to be a big one – and with the weather set to be 38degrees (did someone say summer?!) you won’t want to miss this Thursday’s session.
Kicking off at 6.00pm and rolling through to dinner, we have a great night planned….

Mizuno Shoe Trial
Mizuno and Running Fit will be along for you to test out some of their fantastic Mizuno range. We had a great response from our first shoe test session, so don’t miss out on this one! If you would like to test a pair tomorrow night, please arrive 10-15min early.

Bicycles Inc
Our favourite Kenny from Bicyles Inc will be at this Thursday’s Combo session and will have in his hot hands the band new Shimano Tri Shoe range for you to check out.

Bike Services FREE Delivery
Bicycles Inc will also be offering a FREE delivery service, where you can drop your bike in for a service at their store during the week and they will personally drop it down on Thursday Night Combo Session. Only 3 spots for this are available each week, so make sure you book in early. And if you haven’t had your bike services for a while – here’s a great chance!
BBQ Post Session

SPECIAL OFFER ON NEW SHIMANO TRI SHOESBicycles Inc have just got their hands on the new Male and Female Elite Tri Shoe. The ideal tri shoe for short and long course racing, features include light weight, top cap and carbon fibre composite sole.
Male TR60 and Female WT60 Elite Tri Shoe
TRI-Alliance Athlete Price $225 (20% off RRP!)
Male: Sizes 38 through 50
Female: Sizes36 through 43

 

MONTHLY ATHLETE DINNER – THIS THURSDAY NIGHT
BBQ at Elwood Beach

With the weather set to be a corker, we have decided to move our monthly dinner to this Thursday Night. We will organise the BBQ, all you need to do is bring along $5!
BBQ Will kick off post training, CLICK HERE to RSVP (required for catering please!)
See you tomorrow night!
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GATORADE RACE 1 – RACE REPORT & RESULTS

Near perfect conditions greeted us for the first race of the Gatorade & Active Feet Series in Melbourne. Saturday before the race the sun was beating down in Melbourne and athletes were excited that the first race of the Season was about to kick off.

Click here to continue reading…. 

 

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UPGRADING TO SERIES ENTRY

Did you enter race one and now thinking you should have entered the whole series? Well you still can!
Athletes can upgrade to become a Series entrant by 5pm Thursday 13 December just before Race 2. Late fee kicks on the Wednesday before, so best to get in by the Wednesday 5pm.
The cost of your first race will be taken off your Series Entry – so you don’t lose out. And you still receive fantastic Series packs – Active Feet get a kit valued over $250 and Gatorade Series Kit valued at $300! PLUS you go in the draw to win Pro for a Day – and Tri Alliance for the last 3 years has had at least one athlete win during the series.
All you need to do is contact SuperSprint 9595 3000 to arrange.

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AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Emma Oliver Race Report
Here’s an account of Emma’s race on the weekend at the Australia University Championships – wonder what ‘would have been’ if she didn’t make some costly mistakes? We now know what ‘not to do’! 
I almost missed the start, so no warm up unfortunately, and I also missed the race briefing which I really regret now. My swim leg was a bit dismal, I came out pretty much last and my time was just over 23 minutes. My bike leg was really good for me, I made up a lot of ground, except I accidentally went a kilometer and a half off course, which is the stupidest thing I’ve ever done in a race, so that took my bike time up to 1 hour 13 minutes and then I got lost in transition and couldn’t find the run exit. I still don’t know what my run time was cos I forgot to take my garmin off the bike going into the run but I know I overtook a fair few girls who were ahead of me before that.
It was a really hot, humid day and the run course was also very hilly so it was a bit of a struggle, but the good thing for me was lots of people were dropping out on it and walking.
It still felt like a slow run to me though, compared to what I’ve done in training.
Overall I came 8th in the Australian Uni Championships which was an open field of maybe 50 girls, not sure how I did in my age group, somewhere in the top 10.  And now, depending on how many athletes Australia decide to send over, I may qualify for the university world championships. Overall I’m just happy to have actually done an Olympic distance race, I really enjoyed it despite all the issues on course and I definitely won’t make all those mistakes again next time!
Em

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TRAINING TIMETABLE
Make sure you have checked out our updated training timetable for squad sessions. A few changes have been made for the remainder of November and moving into December including:

  • Tuesday PM Windtrainer sessions – 6.00pm is for Canberra & Busso athletes only, 6.30pm all other short and long course athletes, recovery week will have everyone at 6.30pm
  • Wednesday PM sessions @ MSAC – outdoor pool for December

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CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO……
Tri Alliance athlete Nikki Chambers and her hubby on the news that you will be expecting a new arrival in 2013! Nikki has told us that she may even sneak in one last Active Feet Race before she puts her feet up ready for next year – we’ll hold you to that Nikki! 😉

For those who didn’t know also, one of our newest Coaches Des Minton and his lovely wife Emily are also due in the early New Year – and the race is on between Emily Minton and Narelle Sims to see who has the first Tri Alliance New Years baby!

From everyone at Tri Alliance – we wish you all well in your final months of pregnancy.

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TA AMBASSADOR SUPPORTING MOVEMBER!
TA Ambassador Andy Wood-rich can’t be missed at the moment with his bright purple mo-hawk in support of Mo-vember. On the weekend he won Pro For a Day at Race 1 of the Gatorade Series and he is selling his 2XU wetsuit (worn only in the race) and donating the money to the Mo-vember cause.

Current highest bid is $200.
Click here to read more and to place a bid! 

 


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GIANT BIKES – THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

This is why we have chosen to partner with GIANT Bikes – the best in the business. Click here to view a recent test done to compare weight, steering stiffness and pedalling stiffness.

The test results compare our premium road bicycle frames against those of our relevant competitors.  Giant purchased competitor full production framesets (the same framesets anyone can buy) and tested them alongside their our handcrafted TCR Advanced SL, TCR Advanced, TCR Composite, and TCR SL (ALUXX SL Ultra-light edition aluminium) full production framesets.
Click here to view the test and it’s results!

 

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IRONMAN MELBOURNE INFO SESSION
It’s just over 16 weeks until Ironman Melbourne – time for athletes to get geared up for a big summer of training and lead into this fantastic local Ironman Event. From last count Tri Alliance had around 50 athletes (yes!) who had entered Ironman Melbourne 2013.

For those who are new to Ironman, you probably already know the journey won’t be easy, but we can guarantee it will be worth it.

To help prepare you for your training and ultimately your race, we are holding an Ironman Melbourne Information Session on Thursday 13 December to provide an outline of our training and program structure leading into the event on Sunday 24 March 2013.

We highly recommend ALL Ironman Melbourne Athletes to attend. CLICK HERE to RSVP
When: Thursday 13 December
Time: 6.00pm light swim & run
7.15pm Information Session will commence
Where: LaPorchetta, Elwood Beach OR ELSC (numbers dependent)
So please ensure you RSVP your attendance here.

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GEELONG LONG COURSE ATHLETES
Will start their build 10 week build NOW into the Geelong Long Course event on Sunday 10 March. As a Long Course athlete we HIGHLY recommend that you train on our Long Course Training Program. This program allows you access to our Long Course training sessions, online Long Course Program (different levels available and this will be determined after a consult with a coach) and information sessions and information sent specifically to our Long Course Athletes. So if you have yet to switch over to the Long Course Program, make sure you do asap. You don’t want to miss the first few weeks and be lagging behind from the start. The program will centre around a few weeks of strength and conditioning and lead into Hell Week and then focus on Race Specific Prep in the New Year.
If you would like to upgrade to our Long Course Program please email s[email protected]
If you are new to Long Course racing and need to chat about your training plans please ensure you call the office on 9645 2223.

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FIT HEALTH INSURANCE – $150 CASH BACK!
FIT Health Insurance is a new type of health insurance that’s all about encouraging, supporting and rewarding active Australians – just like you! As a special offer to our partner’s clients (that’s YOU!) and for a limited time when you join FIT Health Insurance, FIT will give you $150 Cash-Back!*
All athletes should have some form of medical insurance so why not look at this fantastic offer FIT insurance is offering for a limited time only! Click here to read more about this fantastic promotion! And enter the promotional code Tri Alliance to access this great promotional deal!
Click here to read more about our association with FIT Health Insurance

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HELL WEEK CHALLENGE!
Saturday 22 Dec – Sat 29 Dec
You may have heard about it, you may have participated, you may have conquered, you may have been beaten, sunburned but at the same time loved it! And this year the Hell Week Challenge is back again!
For those who don’t know, Hell Week has been a tradition over Christmas for a number of years is about completing as much as you can during the week between Christmas and New Year. It does not mean that you have to, sessions are not compulsory and there are a number of people away during this time, but it is a chance to challenge yourself above and beyond what you normal do in a week – and as an added bonus – keep off those dreaded Christmas kilo’s!  It will add a good spike to your training (similar to our training camps) before you have a few days off over New Year and be ready and raring to go in 2013!
Click here to read details from LAST YEAR and stay tuned for full details about this years training coming out in December! 

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FALLS CREEK ALTITUDE TRAINING CAMP
We are again looking at holding our Falls Creek Altitude Training Camp the first week of January following the New Year  2-6/7 January.  We are seeking expressions of interest for our 5/6 day altitude camp which will include swim, rides and runs over the some of the most scenic training ground in Victoria! The camp will only go ahead if we have around 15-20 athletes, so if you are keen to attend please email [email protected] with your expression of interest. Cost will be approx $5-600 for the 5-6 days.
This camp is ideal for top intermediate/advanced athletes and long course athletes targeting races in late Feb/March/April. (Not suitable for beginners/low intermediate)
Click here to read about our camp from last year

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SUMMER TRAINING CAMP – AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKEND 25-28 Jan
Last year we held a great summer camp the first weekend in January, with 25 athletes enjoying a 2night/3day camp in Queenscliffe. This year we a planning a Summer Camp over the Australia Day  Long Weekend and are seeking expressions of interest for this camp. Ideal for beginner and intermediate athletes, the camp will have a changed format to last year and will be a key training camp to help you finish off the Season strong while learning from our Coaches.
If you are keen to attend please email [email protected] with your expression of interest.  Cost will be approx $350 for 3 nights.
Click here to read about last years Summer Training Camp

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SAVE THE DATE – TRI ALLIANCE CHRISTAMAS PAR-TAY!
The afternoon of Sunday 16 December will be centre stage for our Christmas party this year and as we put final touches on our planning, make sure you block this afternoon out. (Afternoon of Gatorade Race 2)  It will be family friendly and options to suit the drinkers and non-drinkers. An afternoon you don’t want to miss out on! :)

(We apologise again to those who are racing in Canberra – a clash last year also)

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TRAINING THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY
Short Course:
7.00am Elwood Beach. Bring all swim, bike and run gear

Long Course:
Canberra/Busso athletes – Long Ride: 6.00am roll out from Elwood Beach, followed by optional open water swim approx 12pm (post ride) – non-coached.
Shepparton Athletes – Recovery/Easy Latte Ride: 7.30am from Elwood Lifesaving Club (non-coached) 2-2.5hour easy ride. Post ride coffee/breakfast at Sails on the Bay, Elwood Beach.
All other Long Course Athletes – Long Endurance Ride: 7.00am from Elwood Lifesaving Club 80-100km.

SUNDAY
Short Course:
Speed/Endurance Ride 7.30am, meet at Elwood Lifesaving Club
Long Course:
Endurance Run 8.00am from Fairfield Boat House, Fairfield.
*No Coached run from MSAC due to Sussans Women’s Fun Run 

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UPCOMING RACES:

Long Course
9 Dec – Ironman Western Australia – Busselton
9 Dec – Taupo NZ Half Ironman
16 Dec – Canberra Half Ironman
20 Jan – Auckland Half Ironman Asia Pacific Championships

Short Course
25 Nov – Gatorade Race 1, St Kilda
16 Dec – Gatorade Race 2, Elwood

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