WORD FROM THE COACHESOpen water swim

Welcome to the first ‘Weekly Transition’ for 2013! We trust you have all enjoyed a small (or long!) break and are firing for the second (and arguably the biggest) half of the triathlon season. There are some big races ahead – which means some big training ahead also!

Our Hell Week Challenge was a great success and great fun again for all those who took part in some way, so well done to you all. As long as you ensure to allow the body to adapt and recover from the training during Hell Week, you will see the benefits of your hard work in the coming week/s. And even at worst, if it allowed you to keep a routine over the Christmas/New Year Period – OR in other cases, kick start the training again, then you are on a winner! So well done again everyone. Check out pictures from the Week here….

For the next few months there are races a plenty including big events such as world qualifying racing in SA, TAS and QLD, Geelong Long Course/Olympic Distance, Sandringham Olympic Distance, Ironman Melbourne and the newly formed Triple Crown….. The list goes on! So now is not the time to become complacent. A tough job for both athlete and coach is to manage you through the season and peak at the right times for your key races. So those racing the Gatorade/Active Feet Series should really start to be hitting their stride, those aiming for World Qualifying races will be putting the finishing touches on their preps and Geelong/Melbourne contingent will really start to hit the big km’s in the next month. If you feel you are not on track, make sure you speak to a Coach before it is too late.

So with a big couple of months training ahead for our Long Course athletes, and plenty of upcoming races for our Short Course, its going to be a busy but exciting few months ahead!


WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST ATHLETES

The Tri Alliance Team continues to grow from strength to strength and over the past weeks we have had a large number of new athletes including those training online/remotely, so we officially welcome you all to the team and look forward to helping you reach your goals. New athletes include:
Geoff Dart, Stephen Drake, David Burton, Glen Smith, Jessie Waugh, Ben Layton, Nicole Allen, Jeremy Williamson, Martin Sammit and Christie Love. All training for various races and distances – so welcome to you all!


FACEBOOK – more than a ‘social network’
Everyone knows about Facebook and what it’s about, but some are still unaware or are still reluctant to go to ‘the dark side’ and join the billions of others in the world in embracing the social network. Tri Alliance however, utilises Facebook on many levels (like millions of other businesses/clubs/groups) and one of the reasons is it allows for direct communication to our athletes in an instant. Any changes to training, updates in sessions, new events etc are all delivered via the Facebook medium. We also use it to share pictures, stories and allow athletes to interact with each other.

So if you have yet to embrace Facebook, we encourage you to at least set up an ‘alias’ account and follow Tri Alliance so you don’t miss out on any important or noteworthy information directed to our athletes which may not communicated on email. And we are use if you need a hand setting one up – our past recipient of our ‘facebook Award’ David Nealon will happily get you sorted and even become your first friend! Happy facebooking…


ATHLETE TEAM MEETING & SMIDDY CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
Tuesday 15 January 2012smiling for smiddy

Tri Alliance welcomes it’s athletes to our next exciting team meeting for the year, which includes the launch of the Tri Alliance Smiddy Fundraising Campaign!
Click here to RSVP your attendance

Tri Alliance is proud to join the fight against cancer by joining forces with Smiling for Smiddy – a non-profit organisation raising money for Cancer Research.
Smiling for Smiddy was set up in memory of Queensland Age Group Triathlete Adam Smiddy who passed away from an aggressive form of Melanoma Cancer in 2006 at just 26 years of age. With a number of our own athletes touched by loved ones facing the battle against cancer – including Robert Scapins’ beautiful wife Belinda who recently lost that battle, Cancer Research is often in the forefront of our minds.
Smiling for Smiddy encourages participants to raise money on the journey to their next triathlon or multi-sports goal and as an added benefit they help cover your Tri Alliance Coaching Fees! So all you have to do is focus on your training and raising money for a great cause!
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Click here to RSVP your attendance


SWIM STROKE CORRECTION COURSE – STARTING NEXT WEEK!Swim Stroke Pool

Our highly sort after Swim Stroke Correction Course is back for 2013, with our first program starting NEXT Saturday 12 Jan. We only have 4 places remaining – so if you want a place, make sure you email info@tri-alliance.com.au to book.
Dates for the Course: Sat 12, Sat 19, Sat 26 Jan, Sat 2 Feb, Sat 16 Feb (2.30-3.30pm)
Click here for more information


IRONMAN MELBOURNE – SEARCHING FOR VOLUNTEERS!Ironman Melbourne

After the huge success of our ‘Aid Stations’ at Ironman Melbourne last year, we are again putting a call out for athletes, friends, family who would like to volunteer some of their time to help man a Tri Alliance Aid Station on the Run Course of Ironman Melbourne. With around 50-60 Tri Alliance athletes competing in Ironman Melbourne, it’s going to be a huge event again for Tri Alliance and so we are looking for your support!
What we need!
Around 80 athletes/friends/family who can spare 2-4 hours on Sunday 24 March (Ironman Melbourne Race Day) to assist on one of two aid stations, handing out drinks and food and generally providing support to athletes as they run past.
We are also in search of two people who would be willing to help us with the organisation of the volunteers. You don’t need any experience – just some good organisation skills! Email sarah@tri-alliance.com.au if you would like to volunteer OR be an Volunteer Organiser! Thanks, Sarah

TRIATHLON TRIPLE CHALLENGE!
Are you looking for that next challenge? Are you ready to make the step to Long Course Racing? SuperSprint has introduced  a new challenge for competitors this season and this could be for you!

All you have to do is race and finish in the Sprint, Olympic and Long Course events in the Gatorade Series. All competitors who finish all three races will be  awarded a “ Gatorade Triathlon Triple Crown” t-shirt by 2XU on stage at the Portarlington Long Course presentations.

To be eligible competitors must enter the final race at Portarlington by Friday 15 February and finish at the following events:

  • Race 3 Elwood –  Sprint, 500/20/5, 13 January – Victoria’s most favoured sprint race in 2011/12.
  • Race 4 Sandringham – Olympic, 1500/40/10, 3 February – Victoria’s most popular Olympic distance event.
  • Race 5 Portarlington – Long Course, 2000/80/20, 17 March – One of Australia’s best triathlon courses and longest running event in Victoria.
    CLICK HERE to read more


RETUL BIKE FIT – MORE POWER, NO EXTRA TRAINING

Do you want more power on the bike without additional training? The innovative Retul bike fitting system can help you achieve results. As used by 3 x IM World champion Craig Alexander Retul is the most advanced bike fitting system in the industry. Book in today with us – call 9645 2223. Click here to read more


PARTNER SPECIALS AND DISCOUNTS

FREE BIKE SERVICE DELIVERY 
Bicycles Inc
 is 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!
**Please note this week will be the final week before Xmas, and will be back in action in the  New Year**

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

SHOTZ SPORTS NUTRITION
We are stocked up with Shotz Sports Nutrition – so make sure you aren’t caught short a gel or left without hydration on your next training ride. Order online today!

THE PERFORMANCE AND SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY CLINIC
Are now conveniently located at Lakeside Stadium, 31 Aughtie Drive Albert Park. You can receive exclusive athlete discount and services. PSPC specialise in helping athletes achieve optimal and consistent performance. Make sure you contact Dane or Dan if you want to maximise your performance.
Click here to read more about their services.

ROCKET SCIENCE WETSUITS!
Make sure you grab a bargain a brand new Rocket Science Wetsuit. See the guys at Xosize, 282 Centre Rd Bentleigh to get sized up and grab a new wetsuit at a great price!

TRAINING THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY
Short Course:

  • 7.00am Elwood Beach. Bring all swim, bike and run gear. These sessions are becoming even more important in between short course races, and with the weather set to tip 40deg on Saturday, you won’t want to miss this one!
  • 9:00am post session feed at Sails on the Bay, Elwood
  • 9.30am Beginners / TRY-the-TRI’s, Elwood Beach. Bring all swim, bike and run gear.

Long Course:

  • 5.55am for a 6.00am start North Point Cafe, North Road. Ensure you are ready no later than 5.55am for ride briefing.
  • You MUST attend the ride briefing so you know which group you will be in and where you are riding to.
  • Ensure you are adequately fueled for your ride and take money, phone and spares with you. The weather is going to be hot, so do not underestimate this.

Ride 1: Advanced/top intermediate riders – Dandenongs including variations of 1in20, SkyHigh based on rider level. Click here to view our route to the Dandenongs

Ride 2: Low intermediate riders – Beach Road > Frankston > Mornington > Mount Martha + Detour climb.
Ride heads normal way to Frankston, up Olivers and continue to Mornington, turn right into Mornington and hit the Coast agani and turn left, follow the coast to Mount Martha (fuel stop if needed, approx 100km return from here) with the option to continue through to the detour signs and up the detour climb (additional 15-20km out and back)


SUNDAY
Long Course Run
7.55am for a 8.00am start
Fairfield Boathouse Carpark – all Long course athletes encouraged to attend this strength endurance run. Distances ranging from 15-18km of varying levels. Please ensure you arrive no later than 7.55am for briefing. Bring $$ for a coffee/feed afterwards.

Short Course Ride
6.55am for a 7.00am start, Elwood Beach. Bring your runners for a short sharp run off the bike.

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