WORD FROM THE COACHES

Tuesday Night we held our first Team Meeting for the 2012/2013 Season – and there was plenty of buzz around with the meeting located at our new Home TAHQ @ BikeLab. 110+ athletes gathered to learn about the upcoming seasonplans, how they can now finance their new bike/gear/equipment through Stratton Finance and the fantastic support and deals our athletes will now be receiving on GIANT Bicycles. Everyone is super excited about our new home and we can’t wait to relocate our offices over the next couple of months. In the meantime make sure you head down there for a coffee and stock up on all the gear you need for triathlon and cycling. Charlie and his team will look after you with extra ‘Tri Alliance Love’! (Don’t forget to take your Tri Alliance athlete ID to receive fantastic prices!)

Next weekend we have our biggest camp for the year – our Winter Training Camp at Lorne. Next Friday 60 athletes will be heading down the Great Ocean Road for a challenging few days of riding, running and swimming along with plenty of seminars and workshops. Athletes attending this camp will get a major boost in their training, along with loads of information to help them progress their training. If you missed out/unable to attend this camp, then keep an eye out for our next camps over the coming months.

THANKYOU TO STRATTON FINANCE
New Major Partner Stratton Finance announced at Tuesday’s Team Meeting that along with their fantastic support and packages for our athletes, they are also providing Tri Alliance with a brand new Renault Master Van which was delivered today thanks to CEO John Grant and Finance Consultatn Lee Davis.This support is invaluable to the growth of Tri Alliance and in the continual support of our athletes.

IMPORTANT INFO FOR SWIM TECHNIQUE AT SESSIONS
Over the next few weeks, each MONDAY swim session you will need to bring along your Thera-band. If you don’t not have one try and get your hands on one. Tri Alliance have bands for sale throuh our partners Xtreme Fitness Australia. If you would like to order a pair please email Sarah.

There-bands are being incorporated to help show you the correct technique to build swim specific strength. You will also learn and be shown the correct technique to feel the catch and pull of water and continue to work on your stroke development. By doing this on land you can receive direct feedback and ‘feel’ the change. *Please note, this is not a strength session – you should still be completing your own strength session either post swim OR as soon as possible the next day.

Details below on how this will be incorporated into sessions:
MSAC: 6.00pm start – Top intermediate & advanced (2lanes)
6.00-6.10pm thera-band technique use.
6.15-7.15pm – swim set in pool
MSAC: 7.00pm start – Beginners & Low intermediate (3 lanes)
7.00-7.10pm thera-band technique use.
7.15-8.15pm – swim set in pool
NORTHCOTE: 6.00am start – all levels (3 lanes)
6:05-6.15am thera-band technique use.
6.15-7.15pm – swim set in pool

Becuase you will be starting the set out of the pool, please ensure you have warm clothing and be ready to start ON TIME. If you are late, just come and join in.

NEW TRI ALLIANCE BEGINNER COACHES
Tri Alliance welcomes onboard 3 new Beginner Coaches after recently completing the Level 1 Triathlon Coaches Course. Congratulations and welcome onboard to Evalin Ling, Des Minton and Paddy Fitzgerald. We look forward to your continual development as coaches over the coming months and years!
Team Tri Alliance

STRENGTH TRAINING FOR TRIATHLETES
Take your strength training to the next level with this fantastic deal from Melbourne’s premier sporting facility – MSAC. For only $16 a week you can gain access to MSAC’s facilities including gym, sauna, pilates, yogo, group classes and more! This is the perfect way to incorporate your strength training into your training and at this limited time only Tri Alliance athlete price you would not want to miss out!
Click here
to continue reading and to find out how to join!

SPIN CLASSES AT BIKELAB
We had around half a dozen athletes attend last weeks SpinClass at BikeLab on Saturday and the guys couldn’t stop raving about it!
Click here to view and book-in for one of the 17 spin classes held at BikeLab each Week! Only $5 for Tri Alliance Athletes (normally $15)
So if you need to pick up a spin session, why not joins the guys at BikeLab.

ICE HOCKEY THIS WEEKEND – ENJOY A SOCIAL OUTING!
There is now a LARGE gathering of Tri Alliance athletes who are heading to Melbourne’s newest Icehouse in Docklands this weekend to watch their first game of Ice Hockey! Avid icehockey fan and Tri Alliance athlete  (and the occasional IceHockey Commentator!) Nola MacGregor has organised a great afternoon of cheering on Melbourne’s newest IceHockey Team the Melbourne Mustang’s!
Details: Game starts at 3.30pm Sunday 3 June (this Sunday!) Seats are general addmission, so meet at 3.00pm so everyone can group and head in together. (bring your cow bell’s!)
Game: Melbourne Mustangs V Sydney Ice Dogs
Cost: $22.5 adult. Click here to purchase your tickets online
Dinner: Post game dinner approx 6pm has been booked at Havour Town Hotel
World on the street is that tickets are selling fast so make sure you book your general admin ticket and head along on Sunday for a great afternoon of fun (and maybe a bit of ‘biffo’)! 🙂

CHANGE TO RUN SESSIONS IN THE NORTH
Due to feedback we have received, we will be changing run session in the North to the following times/locations:
Thursday 6.30pm – Maribyrnong River. Meet at Essendon Rowing Club
Sunday 8.00am – WILL NOW BE FROM FAIRFIELD BOATHOUSE CARPARK. Run will head towards Studley Park areas. (Great trail running!)

CHANGES TO MONDAY SWIM SESSIONS AT MSAC: Effective Monday 4 June
We recently asked those who swim at MSAC to complete a survey about a potential swim time change. Thanks to everyone for completing this survey. It provided us with relevant and important information on determining our changes. Based on the results, we will be changes swim time for Monday’s at MSAC from Monday 4 June to:

  • 6.00-7.00PM – Advanced & top intermediate (2-3 lanes)
  • 7.00-8.00PM – Beginners & low intermediate (2-3lanes)

This means there are NO Monday morning beginner swim session at MSAC – this has been moved to 7.00pm. We will on most occassions though have 2 coaches at the 7pm session which will cater for the numbers and provide plenty of coachng for our beginner swimmers.

TAHQ @ BIKELAB – ATHLETE BENEFITS
Following our announcement of TAHQ @ BikeLab, we are excited to provide a new home for our athletes with fantastic benefits and discounts you will receive as part of being a Tri Alliance Athlete. (Click here to read about our recent announcement.)
We can now also announce the fantastic benefits you can receive as part of being a Tri Alliance Athlete – including special discounts and fantastic bike servicing prices from one of the best mechanics in the industry! Click here to read more….

DIRECT DEBIT DISHONOURS
Just a friendly reminder of a clause in our terms and conditions around dishonours on direct debits.
“If at any time your fees are dishonoured through your bank, then Tri Alliance will provide 48hours in which your direct debit will then be automatically re-debited. Any time your direct debit dishonours you will incur a dishonour fee by Tri Alliance’s Direct Debit provider as stated in their Terms and Conditions.
For more information please refer to the terms and conditions of EziDebit Direct Debit Authority.”
Click here to read our terms and conditions in full/

NOOSA ACCOMMODATION – DON’T MISS OUT ON A SPOT!
Are you one of the 50+ athletes heading to Noosa for the Noosa Multi-Sports Festival later in the year? Haven’t sorted your accommodation yet? Tri Alliance has PRIME accommodation on Hastings Street so if you would like to reserve yourself a place please email [email protected] . Even if you have previously asked, we would like you to reconfirm. Details will then be communicated including location and cost. (Note last year it was $680 for 7 nights, from the Wednesday to Wednesday)

RIDE DETAILS FOR THIS WEEKEND:
Details for this weekends ride can be found below. This must be read in conjunction with the following Group Ride Information for May & June. This information includes further details on groups and which one you should ride in.

Groups:
Group 1 – Advanced Long Course. Strong riders, great road skills, confident in bunch riding and rolling turns. Pace 30+km/hr.
Group 2 – Advanced Short Course. Strong riders, great road skills, confident in bunch riding and rolling turns. Pace 30+km/hr.
Group 3 – Intermediate Long Course Athletes. Intermediate riders, good road skills, confident in bunch riding and rolling turns. Pace 26-30km/hr.
Group 4 – Intermediate Short Course Athletes. Intermediate riders, good road skills, confident in bunch riding and rolling turns. Pace 26-30km/hr.
Groups 5
– Beginner riders. New to road riding, not confident on the road, need monitoring and guidance.

RIDES:
WILDWOOD RIDE: Groups 1, 2, 3 & 4
Meeting corner of Sunbury Road and Oaklands Road, Bulla. Turn right at the roundabout at this intersaection and park in the ‘Airport Viewing Carpark’. Please ensure you know where this location is and know how long it will take you to drive there. It is about 5min PAST the Tullamarine Airport. So allow sufficient time to arrive 15-20min BEFORE your nominated start time to prepare your gear and get ready. You MUST be ready to ride in time for the ride briefing.Please also note there are NO toilets/cafe available so come prepared with all your gear.
This ride is a challenging ride with some tough short climbs and rolling hills- a chance for your first taste of hills for the season. It is a 35km loop, so minimum ride length is 70km. The road is ‘dead’ and can get windy, you must also be aware of cars and trucks in the area and ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE FRONT AND REAR LIGHTS – NO EXCUSES.

Groups 1& 2 – 2 laps of Wild Wood plus 1-2 of ‘the wall’. ~85-90km
Time: 7.00am for a 7.10am start
Group 3 & 4 – 2 laps of WildWood ~ 70km
Time: 7.05am for a 7:15am start
Coaches will head out early to put signs up so you know where to turn!

Post Ride Coffee: ‘Living Legends‘. 2min drive down Oaklands Road on the Right. Serving Tea, Coffee, Softdrinks, Milk shakes and Scones! 🙂 So bring along some spare change!

BEACH ROAD RIDE: Beginners/Intermediate
For athletes who are unable to head out to WildWood, there will be a group of athleets meeting at TAHQ @ BikeLab 90-92 Inkerman Street St Kilda for a group ride (no coach).
7.15am start, follow your own program and ride will finish with nice hot coffee’s at TAHQ. Enjoy!

SPIN CLASS: Beginners/Intermediate
Meet: TAHQ @ BikeLab, 90-92 Inkerman Street St Kilda
Time: 8.30am SPIN CLASS.
Due to our Beginner Coach Bernadette being away we are offering you to opportunity to attend a spin class at the new TAHQ @ BikeLab. This will be a great chance for you to check out our new home and build up your bike strength. Make sure you get along 5-10min early to check out our new home!
Bring: Water bottle, towel.
Cost: $5 only.

GROUP RIDES WITH TRI ALLIANCE
If you are attending any of our group rides on the road, you MUST read the following.

Any queries, please contact Tri Alliance on 1300 680 874.

Happy Training!
Team Tri Alliance

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