WORD FROM THE COACHES
It is nearly November already – well into the middle of Spring. Yes Melbourne, Spring! That’s when the birds come out to play, the sun starts to shine and there is a spring in everyone’s step as the Vitamin D seeps into our bodies after a long dark and cold winter. And as we write this, the forecast for the next two days is Sunny 27, and 30! What more could we ask for in Spring? Well, maybe a little bit of consistency wouldn’t go astray. It doesn’t have to be 30 every day – happy to save that for summer. But the forecast for rain later in the week, wet weekends, cold Thursday Combo Sessions, sunny mornings, wet evenings. Where is the consistency in that Melbourne?
So as we review the Melbourne weather and its inability to provide us with consistency, lets look at your consistency as an athlete. Of late we have been seeing athletes on a bit of a roller coaster with their training. Pushing hard for a blocks but then dropping the ball and losing consistency. Is it due to a long winter? Is it the inconsistent weather? Are C grade races getting in the way of A and B grade races? Time to reflect, review and refocus.
No matter what the weather brings its important to adapt and get out and get the job done. Don’t let the hard work over winter be wasted effort. Look back at some of those tough training days and training camps. Even though its ‘supposed’ to be spring, don’t become complacent and expect the sun to shine. You could get anything – remember it’s Melbourne. So don’t let the weather dictate your training or your results. If you do, you will be up and down all season and you will not know what you will get race day….. (just like the Melbourne weather….)
And remember, there is never a bad weather day – just bad clothing choices…. 😉
RACING THIS WEEKEND
NOOSA MULTI-SPORTS FESTIVAL
This weekend kick starts the racing season for a large number of our Short (and Long) Course Athletes. For some this event is a key race on their calendar and a result at this event would be amazing as some of the best athletes from around Australia head to Noosa for this event. Last year we had around 55 athletes race, including 2 podium finishes. Click here to read about the event from last year.
This year we have 65 athletes from Victoria and close to 100 from Queensland who are ready to race, soak up some sun and enjoy one of the biggest after parties on the Calendar! if you are racing and haven’t received our Noosa Training Information yet, email Sarah. And don’t forget – today is the last day to book your tickets online for our Social Functions in Noosa including Saturday Group Breakfast, Sunday After Party and Tuesday Melbourne Cup Day.
MURRAY MAN LONG COURSE TRIATHLON
This weekend another Long Course event is being held, this time in Barmera, South Australia. Tri Alliance has two athletes racing, Pro Triathlete Renee Lane and online athlete Tim French – who lives in SA.
‘Laney’ is having her first hit out this season training under the guidance of Tri Alliance Head Coach Ollie after searching for a change in her training. This race will be a good hit out for Laney as she preps for her main event, ironman Western Australia in December.
Tim started receiving online Coaching with Tri Alliance a couple of months ago and is looking forward to racing this weekend after following our program over the last couple of months. He has been training well and will be great to see how he goes on race day.
Good luck to both athletes – we look forward to seeing your results and hearing about your races!Click here to read more about the event.
GATORADE/ACTIVE FEET RACE AND SERIES DISCOUNT
The Gatorade & Active Feet Series is the most popular series on the Victorian Racing Calendar, and this year Tri Alliance again is a partner of the event. Offering free Tips & Tricks Clinics pre race day, Information Tent Race Day, Coaching Clinics plus more! And as part of our partnership with Events Company SuperSprint all Tri Alliance athletes can again receive a discount into individual races OR the whole Series. If you have yet to enter, please email [email protected] include which race or series (Gatorade/Active Feet Race X/Series) and you will be provided with a discount code.
TRIATHLON “TRIPLE CROWN!”
SuperSprint have launched an exciting challenge as part of this years Gatorade Series – the Triathlon Triple Crown! All you have to do is race and finish in the Sprint, Olympic and Long Course events in the Gatorade Series. All competitors who finish all three races will be awarded a “ Gatorade Triathlon Triple Crown” t-shirt by 2XU on stage at the Portarlington Long Course presentations. Races as part of the Triple Crown are:
Race 3 Elwood – Sprint, 500/20/5, 13 January
Race 4 Sandringham – Olympic, 1500/40/10, 3 February
- Race 5 Portarlington – Long Course, 2000/80/20, 17 March
So if you are looking for a new challenge, click here to read more and sign yourself up!
SUSSANS WOMEN’S FUN RUN TRAINING
With just over a month until this years Sussans Womens Fun Run, Tri Alliance is running FREE run Training Sessions for anyone who has entered the event – sorry guys, girls only! Tonight Coach Amy and a group of our pace runners will be heading up a run around Albert Park Lake as their first training session, and what a night for it! Have fun girls!
PORT MACQUARIE 70.3 HALF IM RESULTS
Yesterday two Tri Alliance athletes made the long trip to Prt MacQuarie for the 70.3 Half Ironman. No stranger to Half Ironman racing, Nick Sissons and on the opposite end of the scale, Natalie Methven who was competing in her first. Well done to both on a great result! For Nick, he’s clocked up 3 Half Ironmans already this season (more than most would do in an entire season!). Not sure if he is looking for a record?? Including backing up after last weeks Mandurah 70.3. Great work Nick on two solid races.
And for Nat, her first Half IM race on a tough and windy course did a great job after coming off the bike in 10th position, she held strong to finish 12th in her age group. Well done Nat! Now to sharpen up look forward to a Season of Gatorade Races.
SHEPPARTON RACE SESSION / BRIEF
Next Thursday 8 November, we will be holding a Shepparton Pre Race Review and Brief post training on Thursday 8 November (next Thurs). All Long Course athletes racing Shepparton are encouraged to attend. Head Coach Ollie will go through race and nutrition plans, answer any last minute queries you may have and chat about tapers into the race.
MONTHLY DINNER – NEXT THURSDAY NIGHT
When our athletes arrive back from Sunny Noosa, they will be keen to share their stories (whether that be about the race or the after party!) so our next Monthly dinner is timed perfectly for next Thursday 8 November.
Location: La Porchetta, Elwood Beach
Time: 8pm (approx) post training
Bring something warm to change into.
*Remember our monthly dinners are held the first Thursday of each month.
TRAINING THIS WEEKEND
**Due to Coaches being in Noosa for the Multi-Sports Festival, there will be NO Coached sessions this weekend. Athletes are encouraged to follow their own programs and feel free to organise/meet up with others for training.
Also remember that there will be NO Coached sessions Monday and Tuesday next week due to Melbourne Cup. Click here for scheduled training sessions over the Melbourne Cup period.
4 Nov – Murray Man LC, Barmera SA
18 Nov – Shepparton Half Ironman
9 Dec – Ironman Western Australia – Busselton
9 Dec – Taupo NZ Half Ironman
16 Dec – Canberra Half Ironman
20 Jan – Auckland Half Ironman Asia Pacific Championships
4 Nov – Noosa Olympic Distance
25 Nov – Gatorade Race 1, St Kilda
16 Dec – Gatorade Race 2, Elwood
TRI ALLIANCE TRADING POST
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