Word from the coaches….
(last weeks weekly transition)
For most athletes, we are all now in our final stages of our pre-race preparation phase. For beginners, this means sharpening up the skills to get through each race, learning from each . For our sprint/Olympic athletes you should be now all feeling sharp and ready to race. Those days of feeling tired from training should have been and gone as you complete shorter sharper race specific sessions. Our half and full ironman/long course athletes are now most ly near their first race of the season. With Shepparton next weekend either being an A grade race for our half ironman athletes, or a B grade race for our Ironman athletes as they prepare for either Busselton, New Zealand or Port Macquarie. Best of luck in your final days/weeks!

Tri Alliance dominates in Noosa
When Tri Alliance turns up to a race, you know you are in for a good time! And Noosa did not disappoint our 55+ athletes, family and friends that made the annual trip to participate in the Noosa Multi-Sports Festival. We may not have been the largest squad competing (although would have come very close) we were definitely the largest in size, presence and NOISE! CLICK HERE to read more

Good luck to athletes racing this weekend!
This weekend we have a few athletes racing over around the world.
Jay Mueller – Best of luck to Jay as he completes in his first Ironman in Florida. Follow Jays progress on www.IronmanLive.com
Richelle Olsen – Competes in the Kathmandu Adventure race this weekend, 5-6hours of adventure racing awesome!!
Juliet & Brendan – Have travelled with the family to New York ready to take on the famous New York Marathon! Enjoy the trip guys and have a great run – what an experience!!
Kristine Banks-Smith – puts herself through a gruelling 8+day XPD adventure race www.xpd.com.au which includes 700-800km of Mountain biking, Kayaking and Trail running/ Trekking non-stop for over a week. Kristine has already started her adventure – that’s one tough chick, keep the legs turning girl.

Hertz / BRW Corporate Relay run
Next week Tri Alliance is supporting (and participating!) in this fantastic new corporate relay run at Albert Park Lake. The event will take place on Wednesday 9th from 6.30pm, with a format of 3 team members each completing a 5km run around the lake – the fastest team wins!! So if you are around make sure you come along and check out the NEW Tri Alliance Corporate Marquee and support this fantastic new corporate event.

Season opening BBQ & Shepparton Pre Race Review
Join us for our season opening, post training BBQ at Elwood next Thursday 10th November. This will also include a Shepparton Pre Race Review for our long course athletes AND give those athletes starting their big build for New Zealand and Melbourne Ironman to meet and catch up (we have a great new crew of Ironman athletes for Melbourne). So make sure you hang around after training next week. Gold coin donation for a sausage or two.

Welcome to our newest members of the team
Tri Alliance continues to grow as we head to the start of the Tri Season in Melbourne. We are currently training 15 Try-the-Tri Participants, and 50+ Coaching Clinic participants who are all getting ready for their first race of the season in just over 2 weeks’ time. We also welcome Emma Nicholl onto our admin support team. Emma has started with us 2 days a week and will be focusing on our events, camps, accommodation and travel. Emma will work mainly in-house – so little contact with athletes, but will become a valuable part of our admin team as we continue to grow. Welcome on board Emma!! (or Mrs N to save confusion… 😉 )

Monthly Team Dinner
Last night we held the first of our monthly Team Dinners at ZANINI’S, 106 Ormond Road, Elwood. We had a great turn up, with plenty of stories being told of the antics in Noosa, athletes eyeing off other athletes food and even a red wine or two!  And for some reason the lemon lime and bitters were getting a good run for their money – apparently Emma ordered one, so everyone else did! J PLEASE NOTE: Tri Alliance Hoodies ARE NOT compulsory attire, but they ARE extremely popular!!! So make sure you lock into your diaries our next monthly Team dinner on Thursday 1 December.


Monday MORNING Swims at MSAC – STARTING NEXT WEEK!!

Due to the large volume of athletes swimming at MSAC 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 leisure 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.


Training weekend – it’s going to be a scorcher!
This weekend it is set to HEAT UP! With 30+ degrees forecast, it is going to be extremely important for all athletes training to train to the conditions and prepare accordingly. This may mean extra stops on your ride/run to refuel with fluids, sunscreen, hat, sunnies to protect yourself from UV rays and easing off the intensity if you are feeling effects of the heat. Please be sensible as we hit our first weekend of hot weather for the season. It has come at a good time though as it is a great chance to practise your race nutrition and hydration for those long course athletes racing Shepparton and Busselton. If you were going to try salts / additional electrolytes in on race day – this is the weekend to practise! Train safe.

SATURDAY
LONG COURSE: LONG RIDE  + RUN OFF THE BIKE
6.15am for a 6.30am start. Meeting at Elwood Lifesaving Club, Heading to Port Melbourne first and then heading to Frankston and beyond.
Busselton Ironman: 180km, plus 10-12km off the bike.
Shepparton/Canberra Half Ironman: 110-120km, plus 5-6km off the bike

SHORT COURSE: COMBO SESSION, ELWOOD LIFESAVING CLUB
6.50am for a 7.00am start. Session concludes at 9/9.15am.
45-60min run followed by transition/skills and open water swim.
Meeting at Elwood Lifesaving Club. Bring ALL your race day gear. Leave gear in your car and grab out AFTER the run.


SUNDAY
LONG COURSE – LONG RUN
8.00am Meeting at Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre. Run will either head along the Yarra or Beach Road. Distances as per your programs.

SHORT COURSE – LONG RIDE (NO run off the bike)
Group meeting and leaving from Elwood Lifesaving Club
Ride briefing 6.40AM, rolling out at 6.45AM.
Olympic: 100km, riding to Port Melbourne first then heading towards Frankston. Ride to include 2-3 x race pace efforts (NOT time trial efforts!). Mordialloc to end of Station Street, regroup and roll through moderate up and over Oliver’s Hill, and regroup at Frankston BP. Roll out from Frankston, effort down Station street regrouping (not stopping) from Mordialloc, and then a final effort through to Sandringham, rolling moderately back to Elwood from there.
Sprint: 80-90km ride, riding to Port Melbourne then heading towards Frankston (no Oliver’s Hill). Ride to include 2-3 x race pace efforts (NOT time trial efforts!). Mordialloc to end of Station Street, regroup and roll through moderate pace to Frankston and regroup at Frankston BP. Roll out from Frankston as group, effort down Station street regrouping (not stopping) from Mordialloc, and then a final effort through to Sandringham, rolling moderately back to Elwood from there.
Beginners: 50-70km ride focusing on bike skills, riding in a group, ride technique.


Tri Alliance Annual Christmas Celebrations!
We are currently busily planning our Christmas Celebrations this year and have locked in the date of Sunday 11 December – post Race 2 of the Gatorade Series (separate 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!!
Season Opening BBQ and Pre Shepparton Review
Join us for our season opening, post training BBQ at Elwood NEXT Thursday 10th November. It will be a great chance to catch up with other athletes training and preparing for this coming racing season, hear the stories after Noosa, get ready for the Gatorade season ahead and for those racing Shepparton we will be holding a Shepparton Pre Race Review including new course changes, nutrition and hydration and answer any of your last minute questions. Gold coin donation for a sausage or two.

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 change rooms (members only access)
  • Access to apply for a foreshore car parking permit (additional cost) – no need to pay for parking ($10!) every time 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!!

SUMMER TRAINING CAMP!
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 sarah@tri-alliance.com.au so further details can be confirmed and provided.

Thanks to our partners for their ongoing support

Tri Alliance would like to take the time to thank our valued partners for their ongoing support to our squad. The support of our partners allows us to provide YOU with a better service and
CBD Cycles – race day support and BEST prices possible!
Ascend Proven Sports Proteins – Ascend packs for all new athletes, prizes and great specials
Lakeside Sports Medicine Centre – Offering our athletes the best physio’s, myo’s, sports docs and more at discounted TA prices.
Xtreme Fitness Australia – Providing Tri Alliance and it’s athletes with training equipment including warm-up bikes for race day and testing bikes and treadmills in the TA office
Shotz Sports Nutrition – for all your training nutrition including bars, gels and hydration at VERY competitive prices!
Engine Swim – offering great swim products at great prices!
Australian Vitamins – your one stop shop for all your nutritional supplements – including Ascend and Shotz!
The Performance and Sport Psychology Clinic – providing expert sports Psychology services to our athletes

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