THE WEEKLY TRANSITION….. swim, bike, run, read

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Weekly Transition. So much to tell you about so please read the full newsletter for important training information and dates for your diary. Also catch up on what our athletes have been up to with many still training hard and racing……

A reminder, Coaches Ollie & Sarah will be away overseas from Monday 4 April – Monday 2 May. During this time they will be un-contactable, however John and Emma can assist you with your needs. Our other coaches will also be on deck at a number of the training sessions. For those still racing please don’t hesitate to contact the office for any assistance you may need. If you wish to chat to any of the coaches please do so at sessions or via the below details, please avoid the use of Facebook as you may not get a reply!!

Contact Details: Phone: 1300 680 Email: [email protected]



Marina Jurjevic – Solid race leading up to Challenge Cairns

Alex Angelini- Successful hit out before the A race 1st Half IM Port Mac

Robert Scapin – Another one in the bag for the president

Jen Ashmore – One step closer to Cairns Half Ironman woohoo

Geoff Taylor – Once again he podiums, we just can’t get enough of you Geoff!

Dan Weekes – Completes his 8th and final OD Tri for the season welcome to recovery and congratulations

Berit Barton- PB’s all round 3 min off the swim & 4 min off the bike look out!!!

David Barton- Morning the loss of his rear-derailleur after it suffered a fatal blow on flight home

Carlos Thomaz – Making his debut in the Olympic Distance, champion!

Steve Macdonald – Keeps pumping them out

Jay Mueller – Is satisfied leading into Challenge Cairns

Gareth Houley- PB’d in his last Tri of the season!

Paul Cassie – Word is he forgot his peddles?

Paul Seddon – One last Tri before leaving us L

Team Sandii, Jussie & Tarz – The originals show us how it’s done

Again another tough course the words of one athlete ‘it’s no Beach Rd ride’!



Martin Borner IM 12:54:12

For completing his 1st IronMan all the way over in South Africa. We are yet to hear from Martin but wish to congratulate him on his journey from supersprint to Ironman.

Richard Oliver

  • Successfully completed Marysville to Melbourne (M2M) on the weekend. An epic adventure race  that goes something like this…….19km Shotz trail run, 50km Chum Creek road ride, 40km 2XU road ride 15km Salomon Trail Run, 15km Outer Edge River paddle, 16km Yarra’s Edge river paddle. Must have been the paddling session that got him through!! Read his story under the M2M Report



With the closure of Brunswick City Baths marked for May 18th we will be relocating to Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre. The great news is that your Brunswick City Baths membership card will be accepted at the new location. Stay Tuned!!

Northcote Aquatic & Recreation  Centre: 180 Victoria Rd, Northcote VIC 3070



With only a few weeks left athletes should be resuming and enjoying some lighter style training. Based on your feedback we have created the APRIL TIMETABLE.

Check our timetable on the Tri Alliance Website for full details



By now you would have noticed the new website. Please bear with us as it is still under construction.

Look out for the official LAUNCH due in May.



A Reminder to all athletes that there will be NO COACHED sessions & the office will be closed over Easter. Relax enjoy and have an Easter Egg or Hot Cross Bun, I know we will.

Last sessions Thursday 21 April, fun run at MSAC

No Sessions Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24, Monday 25 & Tuesday 26

We are back on board Wednesday 27 so check your timetables for session details

2011 End of Season presentation Night 14th May
Our Night of Nights is drawing near, so if you:

– Are sick of wearing lycra everywhere?

– Don’t know who Zoolander is?

– Or simply want a night of fun?

Then dust off your finest outfit, make that all important hair appointment and jump online to purchase your tickets today.


Please Note: Numbers must be finalised by April 29th


Don’t be left in the cold, grab your TA Winter Jacket Today

Currently on special Winter Jackets – $76 special! (Down from $90) Sml, Med & Lge
Email:  [email protected] to secure your purchase.


Darrel from Shotz attended our Wind Training session last Tuesday to provide assistance to our athletes. Via a simple hydration test and Darrel’s knowledge, athletes could better understand their fluid recovery needs! Thanks Darrel



Tri Alliance in conjunction with Geelong’s is proud to announce the first training camp of the 2011/2012 Triathlon Season.

The Annual Lorne Training Camp is centered on kick starting your training for the 2011/2012 Triathlon Season, while having fun and learning from experienced coaches and other athletes. This camp caters for all abilities and fitness levels  so if you want to give your winter training a boost and want to challenge your mind and body then this camp is for you!
Camp numbers are limited to 70 athletes and we have 66 booked in! We have secured supporters along with guest speakers. And every athlete who attends receives an Athlete Sports Pack valued at $125 – this camp is set to be the best yet!






Tri Alliance has a habit of attracting some of UK’s finest.

It is with great sadness that we have bid farewell to Paul,

We have lost him to The Mother Country but hope that he will


The following races are still on the calendar – best of luck to all our athletes over the coming weeks/months. Not long until you get a well deserved break too!

Race Date Race Athletes Racing
1 May Port MacQuarie Half Ironman Alex Angelini, Jonathon Cahill
7 May Busselton Half Ironman Jeanette Linehan, Paul Venner, Matt Green, Juliet Davis, Dan Brueckner
29 May Ironman China Brett Archbold
5 June Challenge Cairns Marina Jurjevic, Matt McShane, Jen Ashmore, Mark Hyoms, Jay Mueller, Berit Barton, David Barton, Kerensa Sneyd (Olympic), Paul O’Dowd (Olympic)

MELBOURNE MARATHON – OPENS MAY 10 Put this one in your diary!

SHEPPARTON HALF IM – set for November 13, Entries expected to open Mid May




Our next Team Meeting is set for Tuesday 24th May. There will be no Windtraining session that evening and all athletes are expected to attend.

This is one not to be missed. Please bring along your Goal Setting material and we will be presenting you with the much anticipated Athlete I.D’s

Topics to be covered include:

Annual Planner – Training Phases & what to expect

Tri Alliance Focus Races – What races & Why

Athlete I.D’s – What are they for and where to use them

Athlete Goal Setting – Getting you focused

Re Launch of Partners – Who are they & how do they support us


M2M REPORT BY Richard Oliver

M2M report:

After an overnight deluge outside Melbourne it was a wet start to the inaugural Marysville to Melbourne adventure race. Just over 100 individual participants and over 600 team members were ready for a characteristically changeable Melbourne autumn day. My goal as an individual participant, after no specific training, was just to finish which was not a definite by any means.

The first leg was billed as 19km run but ended up being 20.5km through the fire trails to Dom Dom saddle, mud was the order of the day. A change of clothes later we switched to road bikes for a 90km leg down Black Spur, through Healesville, up the back-side (oo-er) of Kinglake then down to Eltham. I saw three guys in the same ditch after hitting some oil going down Black Spur, they were lucky for it not to happen on a worse corner. My wheel fish-tailed on the same spot but I got away with it, my luck must have been in!

The weather cleared for the second 15km run leg along the Yarra. This was quite pleasant although by now I was at the back of the field, doing a good job of pacing and enjoying the scenery rather than racing for a time. It was all about nutrition and staying ‘loose’ I told myself.

My worries were focused on the paddle leg coming up. After only stepping into a boat the week before and getting a raised eyebrow from the paddle clinic coach, I knew I had my work cut out. Much the same happened when I joined Tri Alliance three years ago and got the same eyebrow from Ollie when I told him I would start with a half ironman! You know how we at Tri alliance practice and train everything? This was not following that mantra!

I managed to stay afloat for the first 15km, then needed help to carry my craft 500m around Dights Falls to the second and final 16km leg (help was legal at that point!) General fatigue took over, but surprisingly no specific paddle related issues which I was really chuffed about.

Finishing coming through the city at dusk on the water was a real highlight, and I had managed not to fall off in the final 16km! Famous last words, as I got dunked 3 times in the last 100m as I tried to negotiate their complicated berthing procedure, a wet 200m waddle to the line and mission was accomplished. A great season finisher but not to be taken lightly, it would be great to have some Tri Alliance teams there next year and any nutty individuals who are inspired.

Stats: 12:41:30, 18th out of 18 in the Male 40-49 ‘veteran’ category. 252/262 overall. I am sure somebody from the club can beat that next year!



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