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WEEKLY TRANSITION 8th NOVEMBER 2016 – SWIM, BIKE, RUN, READ

1. WORD FROM THE COACHES

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Race season is most definatley here now with Noosa and Yarrawonga done and dusted. The half distance race Murryman in which athletes Paddy and Lisa both achieved a top 10 on Sunday signalled the start of long course racing for us – well done both in what was a hot and hard race. Closer to home we had a number of athletes taking on the very challenging conditions at Sole Motive’s race 1 in Brighton. Well done Monty for again gracing the podium and Todd, Trinh, Stephen, Megan and Alex for all putting in a hard mornings effort. Next up we have Challenge Shepparton this coming Sunday – good luck all – (check below for the pre-race session with Coach Ollie); before the first Gatorade at the end of the month, Busselton early December and Ballarat 70.3 all before Christmas. Keep focussed and on-point as race day is not very far away!

NOOSA WRAP

As you will have seen from all the posts everyone had a a ball in Noosa at the 34th Triathlon Festival. With 50+ athletes, family and friends in Noosa soaking up the event it has been an excellent time to get some sun in amongst the racing! The festivities for our athletes started on Friday afternoon with the Noosa 1000 swim on the main beach with 2 x 500m sections split by a beach run. This was great prep for Sunday’s ocean swim in the Triathlon. Super Saturday was started with many of our ladies checking out the Witsup breakfast with some of our Triathlon greats (Melissa Hauschildt) and new kid on the block (Charlotte McShane). This was followed up in the afternoon by the female open crit race, the legends Tri, our own Jonney Yeates running in the 5k Bolt and finishing with the mens crit. It was then time to get home and prep for Sunday and the main event….

Race day arrived with a warm one and little wind though this did pick up through the morning. Early arrivals at the TA tent at just gone 5:30 ensured the atmosphere was gradually building. With our athletes starting between 6:30 and 9:40 there was a steady streaming of coming and going and pre-race checks and nerves. The swim leg in the bay for the second year running was a non-wetsuit swim with a balmy temperature of 24.2 greeting racers (oh for that at Elwood!!). Some would have preffered their wettie especially as the wind quickly built and created a good amount of chop which made for a much tougher start than expected. Out on the bike a tail wind driving you to the turnaround was only noticed when pushing for home – though hitting 80kph+ down the main hill took wind out of that equation! For the early starters the run leg was only just warming up making it a hot hard work for those coming in by 11am when the temp was getting up to 30 deg c.

The tent was jumping as those late starters came through and gave a big push to tired legs making the last 500m that much easier. Following the race the celebratory drinks flowed as the final competitors came past giving high fives for their amazing achievements.

Coach Scott topped the clubs swim times with a solid 27mins in tough chop. Scott Memery stormed the bike leg with a 1hr 40k and Jonney Yeates ran a 35min 10k taking his team to a podium topping place. The podium was also graced with a great race by Caroline Houston – great racing. Rounding these performances out and an award for everyone in the club who raced was taking line honours in the Ironman Triathlon Club Division 3 – awesome work everyone.

Many of our athletes were racing Noosa for the first time and for some it was also their first Olympic distance race. Huge congratulations to all those who have built towards this race and accomplished their goal in what is the biggest Triathlon on the planet. Just check out social media for all the posts, pictures and smiles from what has been an amazing week. We hope to see newcomers and repeat offenders next year when the 35th Noosa Tri takes place on Sunday 5th of November 2017. General entries open next week on the 17th so get it in your diary to make sure you secure your spot.

For all the results check out the below link and for a timelapse video of the day check this linkout.

http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/multisports/noosa/history/results.aspx

2. TRI-ALLIANCE AMBASSADORS 2016/17

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It’s that time of year when we are looking out for and thinking who will be our new male and female ambassadors for the new season. Last season Ian Clark and Pam Tunas did us proud upholding the Tri-Alliance way with their training, racing, great attitude towards their fellow athletes and being attentive and consistent showing what can be done if you put your mind to it. Ian completed his first 70.3 race at Cairns and Pam again took on Challenge Melbourne in addition to local races with her then being awarded the John Cornish scholarship too. Awesome work guys and thanks for being our ambassadors – some big shoes to fill.

If you are interested or know someone deserving of being one of or next ambassadors then drop us an email at [email protected] with your nomination. Applications should include why you or the person being nominated fits the role and what you/they would bring to it. Also include your race goals (or those of the nominee if known) and what your greatest Triathlon achievement has been – this doesn’t have to be a specific result.

This is a chance for a male and female athlete to share their experience, support and encouragement with fellow team mates. In return, Tri Alliance and our partners Giant South Yarra, Mizuno Running and Orca provide product and support to assist our ambassadors with their own training and racing goals

For more on the program read here and past ambassadors read here.

Nominations need to be in by Wednesday next week!

3. FALLS CREEK SUMMER TRAINING CAMP

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Our Falls Creek altitude camp is back and even bigger this year spanning the end of December and into January. This 12 day camp open to all athletes is flexible having a daily rate enabling you to manage your busy New Year schedule.

At $99 per day including accommodation and training this is great value and staying at the Geelong Ski Club lodge gives fantastic access to the surrounding rides and trail runs.

We have only 15 SPOTS AVAILABLE at the lodge so get your spot reserved. For more information and booking go to the Tri Shop below.

4. NEW TRI ALLIANCE TRISUITS ARE IN!

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The Tri Alliance Trisuit for 2016 is now in stock with many having already been raced in – names ablaze on the bum! Get your order in now in time for your next race.

We have opted for the long sleeve suit this year for a number of reasons,

  • Sun protection,
  • Better aerodynamics with golf ball pattern arms for less drag,
  • No rub points under arms.

What makes this suit so good you ask?

  • Full length zip with half jersey design.  No Need to take the suit off if doing number ones,
  • Option to wear as short only if top half is rolled up and tucked into short,
  • Zip pocket with 2 x mesh pockets either side for gels or gel holders,
  • Mesh panels for better breathability and cooling
  • Form fitting suit that you can wear swim, bike or run with comfort and no restriction.
  • Suit weight is under 200g

5. TIMETABLE UPDATES

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Race season is here so much more racey sets will be in sessions as well as building runs off the bike and open water swimming. Make sure you check the timetable and ensure you are well prepared.

CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON – PRE RACE SESSION – SAT 12th

  • Coach Ollie will meet you at 9am at the Club tent area for a swim/ride/run pre race session aimed at getting you ready for Sunday’s race. Bring all your gear so you can familiarise yourself across the course. Your help is also asked of to put up YOUR race day tent 🙂

SWIM

  • Mondays at MSAC continue at 6:15pm with 3 lanes available for all and 2 coaches
  • Wednesdays at MSAC continue at 5:45am with 3 lanes available for all and 2 coaches
  • Fridays at MSAC now have 3 lanes at 5:45am available for all again with 2 coaches.
  • St Michaels Swims have returned with sessions on a Monday and Wednesday at 7pm and are primarily focused on our new Try the Tri crew.

BIKE

  • Thursday morning hotlaps 545am roll.
  • LAPS SAFETY NOTE: On the subject of our laps session around Albert Park we have been aware of a number of accidents that have happened recently. Keeping off the painted lines especially in the wet is important and even when dry taking corners too fast, too tight and not paying attention can be dangerous. Please be aware, be alert and treat all sections of the circuit with respect.
  • Saturday’s ride will be rolling from Elwood at 6:30am with various distances accordingly to race and ability.
  • Long course riders this will be your long ride with a run off the bike.
  • Short course this is your combo set beginning with a race specific ride followed by run and swim. We will also be starting to practice transitions with racks so T1 and T2 are smooth and fast as possible. Bring everything to this session.

RUN

  • Sunday long runs are now only from Elwood at 7am for all athletes and will also include and open water element. Swim from 7am, run from 8am.

6. BIKE FOR SALE

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Ex Giant Pro Deal bike at a great price is available to our athletes. this bike is in great condition having been very well looked after and serviced regularly. Contact us if interested in learning more or taking for a test roll: email [email protected] or by call the office on 03 9645 2223 / 1300 680 874

Giant TCR Advanced 0 2012 – Male Small, Dii2, 10 speed Ultegra – $1900

7. UPCOMING RACES

RACE DAY SUPPORT – WE WILL BE THERE FOR YOU

For all the following races we will have coaching support with you at the race venue on the day, some days leading up to and where possible race day tents. We are committed to the success and enjoyment of our athletes so want to help in any way we can. Last year Coach Ollie traveled to many races giving last minute tips and confidence boosters to those racing which was greatly received and helped many athletes.

All Gatorade races, plus;
Challenge Shepparton, IM Busso/70.3, Ballarat 70.3, Geelong 70.3, Challenge Melbourne, IM Port Mac/70.3, IM NZ/70.3 and IM Cairns/70.3
KEY RACE FACEBOOK GROUPS
As well as support on race day we have created a number of Facebook groups for some key races so you can hook up and know who else is training for the same event. Banter, training tips, meeting points and social interaction are all welcome!
STATE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Fancy becoming the State Series Champion? Triathlon Victoria has recently released their races and information regards this competition. The Victorian Triathlon State Series is designed to encourage and reward both our affiliated clubs and individual members to race more often and across the variety of multisport disciplines and triathlon distances
Fore more on this, detailing when and where click this link.

GATORADE TRIATHLON SERIES – For Gatorade Races this season you’ll get a 20% discount which for the series equates to an $88 saving! GATORADE TRIATHLON SERIES – ENTRIES NOW OPEN FIRST RACE NOVEMBER 27th

CHALLENGE MELBOURNE ENTRIES OPEN NOW for APRIL 9th 2017 – Get in now and plan your season with the final Victorian domestic long course race of the season.

ACTIVE TRISERIES – More Short Course Racing options available in the SoleMotive Series. ENTRIES OPEN NOW

ADVENTURETHON – Fancy something different then check out the Anglesea event over the 3rd and 4th December 2016. Ride, run, swim, mountain bike, kayak. Entries and info here.

SUFFERFESTS – Mount Martha, Ngambie and Warnambool for the 2016/17 season are hosting ever popular events from enticer to half distance. Check out the links for more info.

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Safe and Happy Training

Team Tri-Alliance

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