Word From the Coaches
Well January has flown by as we head into Australia Day tomorrow and then ready to kick start a big month of racing in February! Tomorrow we have a big number of athletes heading to Brighton for the Australia Day Swim, and also Williamstown. So good luck to all those competing. If you are not competing, there are a number of athletes who are heading out for a ride in the morning. At the moment, a group of Ironman athletes will be leaving Elwood at 7am for around a 2.5hour ride followed by a run off the bike. Short Course should look at around a 60-70km ride (or no more than 2hours) followed by a 3-5km run off the bike. More details will be posted on the Tri Alliance Facebook Page so keep an eye out. Feel free to also post suggested times/locations if you want to meet up with others.

Happy Australia Day for tomorrow everyone – enjoy your day off in the sun!! 🙂

Team Tri Alliance


Last weekend we had a number of athletes race in the Portsea Swim Classic with some super fast time with a tide assisted 1500m swim (would be nice if all swim’s werre like that!) 😉 Well done to the following athletes: (apologies if we missed anyone)

  • Brad Campbell 17:04
  • Emma-Lise Donati – 17:14
  • Des Minton 17:44
  • Natalie Howard – 18:41
  • Brianna Scarlett – 18:48
  • Sonia Noakes – 18:56
  • Kris Cockbill – 19:43
  • Zoey Saunders – 19:50
  • Emily Minton – 20:02
  • Cath Capan – 20:14
  • Aine Everett – 21:34
  • Darren Schonewille – 21:49
  • Michael Grau-Veliz – 21:56
  • Sean Helmot – 24:30

Well done also to those who raced in the Enduro Race at Elwood last Sunday. A race format of 250m / 10km / 2.5km TIMES TWO! This sort of racing can be hard on the lungs, if you have never done one, make sure you put it on your bucket list… (and you may need a bucket afterwards!!) Well done to:

  • Margaret Mielczarek – 12th 25-29F
  • Clare Manley – 20th 25-29F
  • Meghann Blakemann – 12th 20-34F
  • Cam Pegg 19th 30-34M
  • John-Paul Collins 17th 35-39M
  • Sean Helmot 22nd 35-39M
  • David Barton – 28th 35-39M
  • Amnon Trebish – 29th 35-39M
  • Peter Rainey – 4th 45-49M

Sandringham Olympic – only 50 places remain!! (don’t miss out!)

This race is a big one as it includes the Victorian Olympic Distance Championships, and we’ll have a number of athletes vying for a championships spot PLUS a huge number who will be either in search of a PB or doing an Olympic Distance for the first time. So if you haven’t already, make sure you enter to avoid missing out! (some athletes learnt the hard way when they missed out on a entry at Brighton because it was a sell out!) And as a bonus the first 1000 entrants receive a 2XU Gatorade Race Singlet valued at $70!
Discounted Entry:  Don’t forget as a Tri Alliance athlete your receive a special discount into races, so email [email protected] for your unique discount code. You will need to state what race distance (fun/sprint/olympic) and whether you are a Triathlon Aus/Vic Member.
**Also remember if you are vying for a Vic Championship title spot in the Olympic Distance race, to be eligibleyou MUST be a Triathlon Aus/Vic Member. So if you are not already, then get on board. www.trivic.org.au

Geelong Course Overview – 8.00am Sunday 29 January

THIS weekend Coach Emma will be in Geelong and will happily provide a course overview for anyone who is racing the sprint, olympic or long course race in Geelong on Sunday 12 February. This will involve a run over the course, a swim over part of the course and then a group ride.
Meet: Eastern Beach Reserve, Geelong. Park in the far end of the Eastern Beach Carpark access via Eastern Beach or Bellarine Street.
Time: 7.45am for a 8.00am start (sharp!)
Bring: All swim, bike and run gear. Order will be run, swim, ride. There will be no one able to look after your gear, so please plan accordingly.
CLICK HERE for Course Maps – please familiarise yourself before you attend.

*Please note, due to the large number of athletes racing in Geelong there will be NO coached ride in Melbourne this Sunday. We will however provide a suggested ride for those not heading down to Geelong.

Port Arlington Accommodation
As in the past, we are organising group accommodation for the Port Arlington race on Sunday 18 March – which includes the Port Arlington Long Course. If you are interested in accommodation, please express your interest to [email protected]   It will be for TWO nights – Friday and Saturday Night, partners welcome. :) We will be holding a pre race session at Port Arlington on the Saturday morning. Accommodation should be less that $100 for the two nights. We will have limited places available so make sure you email Emma ASAP to reserve a place. Once we have rough numbers will book and then ask for immediate payment to secure your place. DON’T MISS OUT!

Tri Alliance has 17 athletes racing and a HUGE number who will be supporting from the sidelines. If you would like to ‘be a part’ of IM Melbourne then why not be a part of the Tri Alliance Volunteer Team? We will be manning TWO run aid stations on the day with a great set-up, atmoshphere and support provided for the 1500+ athletes who are racing.  More details will be available next week, but if you would like to express your initial interest please email [email protected]. It’s going to be an awesome day – so make sure you are a part of it!!

Nissan Corporate Triathlon Training

Is your company participating in this years Nissan Corporate Triathlon? Tri Alliance is again offering great 4 week training program either as individuals or corporate groups. So make sure you spur on your fellow collegues and have them learn a thing or two before they race on Sunday 4 March at the biggest Triathlon in Australia! CLICK HERE for packages details.

Technical Officials Course

All sports need their officials and Triathlon is currently recruiting for Technical Officials.
The primary role of the Technical Officials (TO’s) is to ensure the safe and fair conduct of triathlon events. TO’s need to be good communicators, be assertive (not aggressive) and work effectively as a team member.
Tri Alliance currently has a number of athletes who are registered TO’s including Ian ‘Roofie’ Renouf, Sarah Lausberg, Sheridan Brown and Sam Tunas. If you are interested in being part of the TO Team then please read the attached.

One for the girls – Omara Cycle Womens Tri

If you are looking for another triathlon to add to your calendar, then why not get a few of the girls together in the squad and enter the Omara Cycle Womens Tri this Sunday 29 January at Mordialloc. There are 3 different distances, and you can enter as a team or individual. So why not try and drag a girlfirend, sister or even your mum along to experience their first triathlon!! CLICK HERE for more info.

Open Water Swim Events – Australia Day

Tomorrow (Austalia Day) there are no coached sessions and we are encouraging athletes to participate in one of the following swims for open water practise – particularily leading into Sandringham, Geelong, Falls, New Zealand and Melbourne

  • Great Australia Day Swim, Brighton
    1400m and 5km open water swims as well as a Celebrity Relay and Junior Dash
    Click here to read more and enter.
    Tri Alliance has a large number of athletes entering this event, so a great chance for a timed open water swim
  • Williamstown Australia Day Swim
    5 x 1km relay, 1km swim, 2km swim and nippers
    Click here to read more and enter
    Another great event if you are in the Williamstown area


6.55am training brief for a 7.00am start. Please ensure you are on time. Please leave your belongings in your car.
Option 1 –Long run, open water swim (no bikes needed)
Sandy OD: 12-13km or no longer than 1hour run followed by 4 hard race entry/exits and 1km straight open water swim
Geelong OD: 14-15km or no more than 1hr10min long run followed followed by 4 hard race entry/exits and 1.5km open water swim
Sprint Distance: 8-10km or no more than 50min long run followed by 4 race entry/exits practising diving in and out and 500-800m straight open water swim
Option 2 – Run, transitions, open water skills
Perfect for Sprint/Mini Distance athletes and beginners 30min run followed by bike/run from transition and open water swim skills.
Coach Bernadette
*Please note these are guides only and may change on the day

9.20am for a 9.30am start. Bring all swim, bike and run gear

Long Hill Ride LEAVING from OAKLANDS JUNCTION, Cnr Oaklands Road and Sunbury Rd BULLA (back of airport, head out on the Tulla Fwy)
5.50am briefing for a 6.00am roll out (sharp)
Ride will head towards Romsey / Lansfield. For those who haven’t ridden the course before, please ensure you read the ride maps. Ride includes some short sharp climbs within the first half hour of riding. Please refer below for details

  • IM NZ – 160km with 7-8km off the bike (please note you should be on your TT bike, alternative ride is meeting at Cnr Pickles St and Beach Rd Port Melb leaving at 6.00am sharp.)
  • IM Melb – 160km return, 4km off the bike Mount Macedon Via Lancefield and Woodend
  • FALLS CREEK 130-150km with 8km run off the bike
  • PORT ARLINGTON / PORT MAC – 100-110km Lancefield Return (*Alternative fide leaving from Cnr Pickles at 6am sharp)
  • GEELONG HALF – You will meet at Pickles Street 6.00am with a group of NZ athletes 130-150km plus 8km run off the bike, complete at least 50% of your ride on your aero bars.

No coached ride in Melbourne, feel free to touch base with other athletes via the Tri Alliance Facebook page if you want to organise a group ride. Otherwise if you are racing in Geelong, we highly encourage you to attend the Geelong Course Overview (details included above)

Long Run. Meet at MSAC 8.00am and head down the beach for your long run.

  • NZ -33km
  • Melbourne – 28km
  • Falls, Geelong – 20-21km (longest run before your race, practise full race nutrition)
  • Port MacQuarie – 16-17km
  • Port Arlington – 14-15km

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

Happy Training & Racing!
Team Tri Alliance

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