TRI ALLIANCE QUEENSLAND LAUNCH

On Sunday September 16th from 4-7pm at the Melbourne Hotel, we’ll be having the Tri Alliance Queensland launch. It will be an opportunity to formally launch Tri Alliance Queensland as we start the new season.

On the night we will modelling all the Tri Alliance new training and racing gear that will be available for the 2012/13 season.

To coincide with the launch, members will be able to order the new gear on the night.  There will be special launch night only prices on all the new gear.

All our new sponsors will be in attendance and there will be a host of prizes to give away on the night.  Attendance is free with food provided and with the season really kicking off a week later at the Moreton Bay Triathlon it will be a chance for everyone to get together and launch Tri Alliance Queensland in style.

Save the date in your calendar now.

YEPOON 70.3 IM RESULTS

The Yepoon 70.3IM is one of the most popular half IM events on the circuit and we had a small group head north to compete.  In some good conditions Paul Thistleton recorded a 1min pb to go 4.38, Tim Osborne a 9 min pb for a 4.41 and Yas Grigaluinas a 22min pb for 5.03.

Doing their first half IM events were Hannah Hogan and Simon Corrie.  For Simon it was take 2 after illness prevented him from competing at Cairns and a great 5.26 for someone who has also lost about 25kg in the past couple of years.  Hannah went through in 5.19 despite doing all her training on her own in Moranbah where she is currently working.

TRAINING

With the Noosa/Worlds Camp this weekend there is no Saturday morning session.  The long course athletes are doing a trail run on Saturday morning and ride Sunday morning as per the training calendar.

Those athletes focusing on short course will move away from the hills and into some longer interval sets on the flat.  Long course athletes are still in a strength phase before doing some specific work on the flat to replicate the course in Busso.

While it was great to see such good numbers on the hill at Cootha this morning, it was even better to see the effort people were putting in.  To a person everyone gave the session their absolute best and it is then that you will get the results.

That is one of the great advantages of squad training, when everyone is working hard it rubs off on all those that are there. It is a positive spin on peer pressure because you don’t want to be in the minority that is not giving it their all.

ON LINE COACHING

We are now offering on line coaching for athletes that don’t train in either of our squads in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  For some people getting to squad training is not always possible so they have to train on their own.

Up until now we haven’t offered on line coaching but we welcome Steve Gage to our coaching team as the head online coach.  Steve is a very experienced IM athlete with a PB of 9.10, two overall top 10 finishes at IM Australia and IM New Zealand and has also competed at the Hawaii IM World Championships.

Steve is based on the Sunshine Coast and will also be assisting us at our training camps as well as working with some of our IM athletes and their programs.

As a father of 2 teenage daughters, a corporate job and husband he knows how to balance family, work and training and perform on race day. Steve will also contribute some articles to our website based on his experiences.  Here is one of his most recent

Weighing in on the weight debate

Talking with friends the other week about all things Tri and the topic of weight came up, as it usually does. What’s a good race weight? Does an extra kilo really matter?. 

Now we all need to be careful here, because this is an issue of health and people are prone to take this stuff to extremes (we race Ironman right?, so we naturally gravitate to extreme behaviours). The ex-pro Peter Reid springs to mind, I think even he would say his weight obsession was crazy, but I have heard of age groupers who weigh all their meals and count every single calorie. That’s extreme!

Lets look at the individual sports.

In the swim a bit of extra weight actually has its advantages. Some of the world’s best swimmers are heavy. It helps with buoyancy and body position, bit like ballast in a ship. But given in an IM we race in wetsuits, this advantage is minimised. Ie the wetsuit performs this task for us.

On the bike, weight can also help when we ride solo in a straight line and over a relatively flat course (like some IM racing). Cancellara is a good example of this, the heaviest guy in the TDF peleton is a consistent TT performer. His extra weight (muscle not fat) increases his power. However Spartacus doesn’t push that weight for 180km’s alone and for an undulating or hilly course (Port Mac?) its almost a case of lighter the better.

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