Welcome to 2012!! 2011 finished on a high note with a very successful ‘Hell Week Challenge’ and 2012 has started in great fashion with our Falls Creek Altitude Training Camp and our Summer Camp in Queenscliffe kicking off this afternoon. Next week we have our next round of Learn to Swim/Stroke Correction Courses, our next group of TRY-the-TRI’s commencing and our current ones finishing their last week before next weekends Race 3 of the Gatorade & Active Feet Fun Tri Series. So a bumper start to what is going to be a fantastic year!
This weekend we have Nick Sissons racing his 9th Half Ironman Distance in Tauranga New Zealand. The way Nick was riding over Hell Week, he should be in for a solid race! Best of luck for Saturday Nick.
If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our January Training Timetables to ensure you know where and when sessions are for the month of January. Also always check the weekly transition for weekend session details and/or any changes.
IMPORTANT CHANGE NEXT MONDAY 9 JAN PM SWIM SESSION
Due to limited lane space at MSAC next Monday 9th Jan (PM) due to the Pan Pacific Water Polo Championships we will be holding the following swim sessions:
6.00am – Beginner swim session, indoor lap pool (as normal)
6.30pm – Brighton open water swim and course familiarisation – anyone who is racing Brighton Gatorade is to attend this session
7.00pm – Anyone not racing Brighton Gatorade INDOOR Pool Lanes 6&7 (two lanes only)
The Falls Creek Training Camp is is full swing, with 20 athletes training between 1500-1800metres over the Falls Creek Long Course, and mountain climbs including Falls Creek, Towonga Gap, Mount Buffalo and the Omeo Climb (brutal!). Athletes have had some tough runs at 1700metres over Falls Creek trail runs and plenty of swimming in the Rocky Valley Lake. This is one of the best training grounds in Victoria and some of the best athletes in Australia train here (we have spotted Densham, Mottram, Huggett, Kerr, Sexton, NSWIS, VIS and loads more training). Why wouldn’t you want to come here for a training camp! 🙂
This weekend we have 26 athletes heading to Queenscliffe for our first Summer Training Camp headed up by Coaches Stan, Darren and assistanting is up and coming coach Katee. Everyone is itching to get started for the camp and we look forward to hearing how it goes. The coaches have some great training in store!
Next we we have 3 seperate swim specific programs commencing including:
LEARN TO SWIM
This program is designed for those who have a basic level of swimming but want to further develop their skills to improve their swim technique. Participants must be able to swim at least 50m freestyle continuously.
Click here for further details on this program. Dependant on numbers, this program will be run on a TUESDAY EVENING 7.00pm, indoor pool.
***2 PLACES REMAIN***
STOKE CORRECTION (BEGINNER)
This program is designed for those who have an beginner to intermediate level of swimming but want to further develop their technique to improve their swim stroke. Participants must be able to swim freestyle 200m continuously. Times/pace of the swimmers will be between 1:55 and 2:15min per 100m. (approx.) This would be a 500m swim time trial of approx. 10.00min-11.30min. This program will run on Saturday Afternoons and times will vary dependant on lanes space at MSAC, but usually between 3.30-4.30pm.
Click here for further details on this program
***ONLY 1 PLACE REMAINS***
STROKE CORRECTION (INTERMEDIATE)
This program is designed for those who have an intermediate level of swimming but want to further develop their technique to improve their swim stroke. Participants must be able to swim freestyle 500m continuously. Times/pace of the swimmers will be between 1:40 and 1:50min per 100m. (approx.) This would be a 500m swim time trial of approx. 8.15min-9.30min. This program will run on Saturday Afternoons and times will vary dependant on lanes space at MSAC, but usually between 4.30-5.30pm.
Click here for further details on this program
***CURRENTLY ONLY 6 BOOKED IN AND WE NEED A MINIMUM OF 10 FOR THE PROGRAM TO GO AHEAD, SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, REGISTER ASAP***
Each program is 5 weeks in duration. Program dates will be:
Learn to swim: Tuesday’s – 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st Jan, 7th Feb (approx. 7.00-8.00pm)
Stroke Correction (Beginner): Saturday’s 14th, 21st, 28th Jan, 4th Feb, (1week break due to Geelong Race), 18th Feb
Stroke Correction (Intermediate): Saturday’s 14th, 21st, 28th Jan, 4th Feb, (1week break due to Geelong Race), 18th Feb
*Please note these dates are currently set, but can be forced to change due to MSAC changes. We do however try our best to keep the dates and times consistent.
To confirm your place in one of our swim programs, you must make payment. Your place is not reserved until payment has been made.
Option 1: Tri Alliance Athletes – Authorise Tri Alliance to deduct $129 from your direct debit. Simply reply to this email and let us know which program. Payment will be deducted within 48hrs OR
Option 2: Pay online HERE, selecting your program option. (Please note if you are a Tri Alliance athlete, please ensure you are NOT logged in when making payment)
COST: $129 for 5 weeks.
JANUARY CLOTHING ORDER
An order or training and racing gear will be made on WEDNESDAY 11 January. This will be your last chance for the end of the Tri Season. So if you are in need of some racing gear, running gear or cycling gear make sure you jump online and place your orders.
Click here to view our full range.
Over the next couple of months there are LOADS of races and events happening that the squad is involved in including:
- 3-8 Jan – Falls Creek Altitude Training Camp
- 6-8 Jan – Summer Training Camp
- Sat 7 Jan – Lorne Pier to Pub
- Sun 15 Jan – Race 3 Gatorade/Active Feet Series, Brighton
- Sat 21 Jan – Echuca Moama Sprint Tri
- Sat 21 Jan – Portsea Swim Classic
- Thurs 26 Jan – Australia Day Swim, Brighton
- Sat 28 Jan – The Bloody Big Swim, Frankston
- Sun 29 Jan – Australian Sprint Distance Tri, Canberra
If you are unsure of which races to enter, make sure you contact our office and chat to one our coaches to help you plan your racing over the next couple of months – if you haven’t already! Happy Racing!
TRAINING DETAILS THIS WEEKEND
6.55am training brief for a 7.00am start.
Session will involve a long run followed by long swim NO BIKES NEEDED. This will be an aerobic based session. Please leave all gear in your cars as there will be no one staying with gear while we are running.
Bring all swim/bike/run gear. Coach Bernadette & assisting Des.
Long Ride LEAVING Elwood at 6.00am sharp with Coach Greg. Those racing Melbourne or New Zealand also require their wetsuits for a swim post ride.
Ride will head towards Mount Martha, Dromano/Safety Beach.
IM NZ & IM Melb – 150km return
FALLS CREEK, GEELONG, PORT MAC – 120km return
Long ride leaving from Elwood Lifesaving Club
6.15 for a 6.30am start. Don’t be late!! Ride will head towards Port Melbourne then head back along Beach Road to Mordialloc and Frankston. Coach Emma
Olympic/strong sprint: 90km
Sprint Distance: 70-80km
Fun/social ride: 40-50km
Including race pace efforts within the ride.
Long run – uncoached. Follow your specific programs. Feel free to meet up ewith any others at MSAC for an 8.00am run.