A big week this week for Tri Alliance, as we have 19 new TRY-the-TRI Participants who have started their 6 week beginner training in preparation for their first triathlon at Elwood on 19 February. And our current group of TRY-the-TRI’s finish their 6 week course as they head into their final preparations for this weekends Race 3 at Brighton. We look forward to seeing (and cheering) for them this weekend!

Also commencing this week are our Learn to Swim and Stroke Correction Courses with one on Tuesday evenings, and two on Saturday afternoons. These programs will keep swim coach Ryan Bourke busy for the next 5 weeks! These programs have been extremely popular and have now sold out. Keep an ear out for any other programs in the future.

We also welcome onboard next week TABCORP as our first Nissan Corporate Triathlon training group who will be participating in an 8 week triathlon training program leading into the Nissan Corporate triathlon, and KRAFT who commence in a couple of weeks time. BUSY time of the year for Tri Alliance and triathlon in general!!

The Falls Creek Altitude Training Camp last week was a great success and a massive training boost for all those athletes who attended. You can read about the hard training athletes were put through here. Tri Alliance is holding a second altitude training camp leading into the Falls Creek race early February – ideal for either pre race preparation for the race OR a training spike for those racing Melbourne or New Zealand. Click here to read more and to express your interest.

The Summer Training Camp at Queenscliffe / Point Lonsdale was a massive hit, with 23 athletes and our Coahces Stan and Darren heading up the camp, with Katee assistnig and Evalin even showing everyone she has some great skills with bikes! This camp exceeded everyone’s expectations, and the Summer Olympics on the Sunday were a massive hit! Well done to:

  • Steve Hollingsworth for winning the JC Award for the fastest bike tyre change in a sleak time of 2:15mins – would put most of us to chame!!
  • The winning ‘Summer Olympics Team’ Steve Hollingsworth, Sally Clements and Alison Wertsuk. Well done guys on being the Inaugural winners!!

Lorne Pier to Pub – is always a big event and was again held on the weekend. Well done to all athletes who participated in this fantatsic event.


  • Goodbye and goodluck to Alison Faulkner who leaves for a 6-12 month stay in Canada. Alison has been with the squad over the last 12 months and has had a rough time, being diagnosed with chronic fatique and then a a car accident which have both left her with limited training at times. But with her sheer determination and support from her family (did we also mention she lives in Woodend?) she made it back to training and continued to put in 100% in every session. Best of luck Alison – we trust you will have a great time over there and welcome you back when you return home! 🙂
  • Ariel Grana had a bike accident at our recent camp, and is now sporting a bruised and sore body. He is having scans this week to see the damage in his AC joint – fingers crossed the news is good and he is back on the bike soon!
  • Welcome back to Geoff Taylor – who made his first appearance at training last night after a bike accident late last year left him on the sidelines. Geoff is back on light training (so if you see him doing anymore than that let us know!) 😉 but is a welcome addition back into the training group as we get him slowly back into  training. Look forward to seeing you around again Geoff!!!
  • Coach Mick Ryan is recovering well from his recent ankle operation before Christmas. The surgery turned out to be a little more than expected, with the surgen having to reconstruct his ‘dodgy’ ankle having wrecked his medial and lateral ligaments, and sporting limited cartlidge, then they then decided to break a bone to (somehow) ‘help’ the receovery process. 🙂 He now sports a nice moon boot for the next few months, but should be able to get back into the pool and coaching in the next few weeks. So keep an eye out for him at a session soon!
  • The TA Vehicle…. Also had an accident at our camp, with a motor cyclists coming down the mountain and the TA car heading up. The motor vehicle lost control heading into a sharp corner, which left his bike careering into the TA Car. Thankfully all persons were relatively un-injured (the motor cyclists walked away with barely a scratch!) but the poor TA vehicle was left stranded on the side of the road and has to be towed back to Melbourne for assessment. So will be noticable absent over the next few weeks. In replacement is a big robust Hertz Van! 🙂

Have you completed our RACING QUESTIONNAIRE?

Last chance for you to complete our racing questionnaire. This questionnaire will assist us in developing our training programs over the next few months based on races that the majority of athletes are competing in.
CLICK HERE to complete.

Don’t forget to enter the following racing:
Canberra Half Ironman – Entries Open Jan 13, Race on Sunday 16 Dec 2012
Shepparton Half Ironman – Entries Open January 30, Race on Sunday 18 Nov 2012
Run Melbourne – Entires Now Open, Race on Sunday 15 July 2012

We will offer your members a 6 month winter membership at the rate of $17.50 per week, and waive the usual $49.95 setup fee (this is over 30% discount for your members)


Tri Alliance has secured the fantastic venue of Brighton Baths Health Club for our Wednesday Night TRY-the-TRI Sessions. Brighton Baths is a fantastic venue as it offers a secure area for open water swimming and lockers and change rooms for our participants, and we look forward to starting our Wednesday Night trainings at Brighton from next week! Stay tuned for exclusive pics of our first session!

As part of our relationship, Brighton Baths are offering all Tri Alliance athletes a 6 month winter membership at the rate of $17.50 per week, and waive the usual $49.95 setup fee (this is over 30% discount!) you won’t get a better priced membership in the Brighton area! 

Brighton Baths Health Club
Facebook: Brighton Baths Health Club
Phone: 9539 7005
Email: [email protected]
Address: 251 The Esplanade, Brighton, Vic, 3186

Don’t miss the chance to train with Pete Jacobs and Leon Griffin!

Join 2011 Ironman World Champion runner up and 2011 IM OZ winner Pete Jacobs as well as 2006 ITU World Duathlon Champion Leon Griffin at a coaching/training session in Melbourne, on Saturday the 14th of January.

Held by BPM Sport in conjunction with Urban Hotel St Kilda, athletes will spend the entire day with Pete and Griffo, with sessions including:

  • 6am Welcome coffee at Urban Hotel St Kilda
  • Ride (St Kilda – Mt Eliza Loop) with a stop in Frankston to check out the IM Melbourne swim course and the bike start/finish.
  • Video on run technique
  • Run session
  • Nutrition session with Shotz Nutrition– the guys who worked with Pete to helped Pete get 2nd in Kona
  • Lunch courtesy of Urban Hotel St Kilda
  • Q & A with Pete & Leon
  • Swim technique video
  • Swim session (location tbc)
  • 3pm Awards / Prize presentation

Click here for more details and to register….

Not racing this weekend? Looking for another event?

The Jan Juc Surf Club have their annual fundraisers this weekend with the Bells Bash fun run and the Danger 1000 ocean swim in Torquay. Coach Mick Ryan is a member and Lifesaver of the Jan Juc Surf Club – so if anyone is interested in either events you can find out more details here.


An order or training and racing gear will be placed TODAY 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:

  • 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
  • Then in February there is race after race… so no shortage of races in Melbourne!

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!


7.25am training brief for a 7.30am start. Please ensure you are on time. (And lets see who turns up to Elwood before they realise they should be at Brighton…) 😉
Option 1 – Those racing: Pre Race Session for those racing, including an easy bike, run and swim. Last chance for course familiarisation.
Option 2 – Those not racing: Long run and long swim – follow your program distances.
Coaches Darren & Stan

Bring all swim/bike/run gear. Coach Bernadette & assisting Sheridan.

Ride will head towards the Dandenongs include some solid climbs in the hills. For some this will be your last chance for hill rides so make sure you make the most of it.
IM NZ & IM Melb – 150km return
FALLS CREEK, GEELONG – 130-140km return
TORQUAY, PORT MAC – 110-120km return
PORT ARLINGTON – 100-110km return
Please ensure you read all the details provided by SuperSprint. Note the Gatorade race starts at 7.30am and Active Feet starts at 8:45am. So make sure you are aware of the bike compound closure times and arrive in plenty of time.
If you are not racing, make sure yuo come along and support!

Long run – uncoached. Follow your specific programs.
NZ -29km
Melbourne – 24km
Falls, Geelong – 16-17km
Torquay, Port Mac – 15-16km
Port Arlington – 13-14km

If you have any queries on distances for your specific races please ensure you contact one of our coaches.

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