Word From the Coaches
Interesting what the weather gods can throw at you sometimes. There was much interest heading into the Australian Long Course Championships at Falls Creek – not only to see who was going to come out on top, but what the weather was going to be like. SuperSprint released details on how to avoid hypothermia and all eyes were on the weather forecast. But what turned out to be a little chillier than normal conditions in Falls Creek – but pretty good in retrospect, turned into terrible conditions in Geelong with heavy rainfall the night before the race and that rain continued into the morning. Not the best racing conditions, but one thing to rememeber back to is the conditions we train in particularly over winter. When it’s raining outside, don’t think ‘should I or shouldn’t I?’ Just do it, as it could well be worse on race day!

CLICK HERE to read our Falls Creek Long Course Championships Race Report
CLICK HERE to read our Geelong Multi-Sports Festival Race Report

Well done to everyone who raced over the weekend – now for another race this weekend as we go back to short course racing with Race 5 of the Gatorade and Active Feet Tri Series at our home groupnd of Elwood. Nothing like a home ground advantage!! 🙂


This week again we are looking for a number of athletes who are able to help with SETUP and PACK DOWN of the TA Taj. We will be setting up the TA Taj on Friday afternoon at Elwood Lifesaving Club (Oval) around 4/5pm, so if anyone can be in the area to assist please [email protected] so details can be provided to you on Friday. On Sunday after the race we need at least 6 people to assist with pack down also – so make sure you don’t head off straight after your race!

Well done to Michelle Grocock who last week was announced as the next ‘Pro for a Day‘ at this weekends Gatorade Race at Elwood. All Michelle did to win herself this fantastic package was be a Series Entrant in the Gatorade Series. And what a great prize pack she has won – including Brooks Shoes, 2XU Wetsuit, Garmin plus loads more valued at $1800!! Well done Michelle – you are the rockstar for this weekends race!

For those who are interested in how the individual Series points are shaping up after 4 races, check out the leaderboard online here. Tri Alliance athletes in the top 10 of their age group include:

  • Ryan Bourke – 4th M25-29
  • Peter Rainey – 3rd M45-49
  • John Grant – 2nd M50-54
  • Brad Campbell – 1st Clydesdale
  • Sean Fleming – 2nd Clydesdale
  • Andy Wood-rich – 3rd Clydesdale
  • David Nealon – 10th Clydesdale
  • Sarah Grove – 1st Open Female
  • Lisa Dominguez – 2nd F25-29
  • Narelle Crooks – 8th F35-39
  • Jill Sultan – 3rd F50-54
  • Lidia Ursini – 5th Athenas
  • Michelle Grocock – 6th Athenas
  • Dale Robinson – 8th Athenas
  • Lisa MacFarlane – 9th Athenas

Just when you think the season might be coming to an end – think again!!

There’s something EXCITING coming to Tri Alliance in April. Stay tuned for further details….. it will be worth the wait!

We already have a few suggestions on what people think may be happening… what do you think???
Click here to add your suggestion

Facebook Competition WINNER
Last week we ran a competition on facebook to WIN a FREE massage with Lakeside Sports Medicnie Centre and all you needed to do is ‘like’ Lakesides facebook page and write a caption for this picture of athlete Tim ‘Burger’ Watts getting a pre race massage from Lakeside Physiotherapist Khann.

We had 27 captions suggested for the picture and our finalists were:

  • with Lakeside working on my backside, now you’ll see my good side!! – Mark
  • Ah my master plan worked! 1. Signed up to a triathlon squad. 2. Train here and there. 3. Buy permanant marker 4. Write random number on my arm.. and hey presto.. FREE MASSAGE! SCORE! – Bree
  • Time for an LLD (Lakeside Lie Down) :0) – Dave
  • ahhhh! you just know that you are in trusted hands – Pam


  • You all wonder why they call me burger, check out those buns!!

Congratulations Andy, a free massage from Lakeside Sports Medicine Centre is coming your way! Please contact Sarah to claim your prize. (and with the amount of captions Andy suggested, he was nearly guaranteeing himself a win, so great work Andy)


Saturday 12 May 2012

This is what we have all been waiting for – and this is what we all ‘really’ train all season for! The Tri Alliance End Of Season Presentation Night is THE Social Event of the Year and we want YOU to enjoy the night with US!

Details of the evening are still being confirmed, but make sure you lock this date in the diary – a MUST ATTEND SOCIAL EVENT YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!!!
CLICK HERE to tentatively RSVP


Those who put their name down for group accommodation for Race 6 in Port Arlington have been sent details on accommodation. We are currently FULL – however if you would like to put your name on the waiting list if anyone decides not to take their spot or pulls out, please email [email protected]. Also if you did not receive an email and you are interested, please email me ASAP.

A new batch of TA Hoodies will be arriving in the next 2 weeks. If you haven’t ordered yours, make sure you do so you don’t miss out!!

They are by far the coolest item of clothing to wear around town!! 🙂

CLICK HERE to order yours online today. $59
*Please note our new hoodies do not have a front zip.


Triathlon Victoria are running their next Level 1 Triathlon Training Course from 3-4th March 2012. There are limited places as they are only able to take 22 participants.

If you are interested in partaking in this course, why not chat to one of our coaches. Details and registration can be found online.


Last years Goal Setting Workshop was a huge success with around 90 athletes attending our race specific goal setting workshops in preparation for planning their goals and races for the 2012/2013 Season.
For some of you it may seem early to be thinking about next season, but before you know it this season will be over and you will be wondering what to do during the winter season and what races to focus on.
The workshops will include an overview of the training calendar for the 2012/2013 season, Tri Alliance ‘focus’ races, goal setting and we also hope to secure The Performance and Sports Psychology Clinic to be involved in ‘mental training’, so it will be a great workshop to be involved in!
We will have different timeslots available for each race distance ie Sprint, Olympic, Half IM & Full IM during a 1.5hour workshop. Full details will be provided shortly.

In the meantime, make sure you lock this date into your ‘triathlon calendar’ and CLICK HERE TO RSVP so further details can be provided. (if you are unable to attend, please provide a comment as to why you cannot make it)

*Please note we are aware it is a long weekend and it is the same weekend as Victor Harbour, but with so many races on the calendar this was the best available weekend.

Ironman Melbourne Charity Raising Drive

One of our new Tri Alliance athletes, Dax Stanley, is completing in his first Ironman event in Melbourne and in doing so is raising money for an important but mostly unknown disease supported by Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA).

His wife, Amanda, has been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis last year.  Amanda has not let the disease stop her reaching her goals and she is completing in the Active Feet Series. This provides a confidence boost for other people with the disease that they can do it too.  We would like to get behind Amanda and Dax in their drive to make a difference in combating this disease by raising money to find a cure so people like Amanda can stop suffering.

CLICK HERE to read more on Dax’s journey and details around why they are doing it and what the $$ are going towards. And  Visit their Charity Page to donate –  every dollar counts:


Looking for triathlon gear at a chaeaper price? Why not check out our Triathlon Trading Post!

We’ve had some new inclusions this week including a FELT road bike, cycling shoes and runners – all next to new.  Click here to find out more!

If you have something you want to sell, email full details to [email protected]

SHORT COURSE: Pre Race Session, Coach Sarah
7.20am for briefing for a 7.30am start.
For those racing their will be a Pre Race Session at Elwood Lifesaving Club. Bring all swim, bike and run gear.
Session will include (in this order) easy bike, easy run, easy swim AND/OR a combination of transition training practise for those who would like to refresh.

Short Course athletes NOT racing Sunday, we recommend you join in on a long ride Saturday and do your long run Sunday. See details below.

TRY-the-TRI’s / NISSAN CORPORTES: Triathlon Skills
Elwood beach 9.30-11.00am
Bring all swim/bike/run gear. Coaches Bernadette & Sarah

LEAVING from OAKLANDS JUNCTION, Cnr Oaklands Road and Sunbury Rd BULLA (back of airport, head out on the Tulla Fwy) 200km return, 8km off the bike (Mount Macedon)
5.50am briefing for a 6.00am roll out (sharp)
Ride will head towards Romsey / Lansfield – similar loop to last time, but including Trentham. Ollie will provide full ride details.

Meeting at Elwood Lifesaving Club, 5.50am for a 6.00am start.
Ride will head along Beach Road, Station Street,Frankston and then head up Humphries Road return.

Short Course athletes: Elwood to top of Humphries Rd return approx 90km including a couple of nice climbs.
Ironman New Zealand: 200km plus 12km off the bike. This is it – the big one! It’s all smooth sailing after this. 🙂
Port Arlington/Port MacQuarie Long Course: Elwood to top of Humphries, then out to Mornington and Return 130km

SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY (no coached sesions)
LONG COURSE: Long run – uncoached. Follow your programs for run distances.

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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