WORD FROM THE COACHES

As we sit in Perth reflecting on the weekend in Busselton we cannot be prouder of our athletes for their dedication and determination in taking on Ironman Western Australia. It was amazing to be on the side lines watching and learning and willing our athletes to give everything their bodies were prepared to on the day. Well done to everyone. You not only did your Coaches proud, more importantly your did yourselves proud!

This weekend is another big one for racing, we estimate around 200 Tri Alliance athletes racing around the country, with around 100 athletes taking on Race 2 of the Gatorade/Active Feet Series in Melbourne, another 80 odd for Race 3 in Queensland and a further 9 for Canberra Half Ironman. Good luck to everyone racing!

Office Closure 
Please note that the TAHQ Office will be closed from Monday 17 December, returning Wednesday 2 December. Coaches Ollie and Sarah will still be on email and phone contact through to Monday 24 December. After this time we will be having time off and back on deck Wednesday 2 December.
Ollie [email protected] 0425 731 036
Sarah [email protected] 0438 358 841

No Swim Sessions this Monday 17 December OR Friday 21 December
Please note that we will have NO swim Sessions at MSAC or Northcote this coming Monday 17 December OR Friday 21 December as we lead into Hell week. Make sure you have check out our training timetable so you know what sessions are happening over the December Period. Detaisl on our Hell Week Challenge can be found here

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IRONMAN WSTERN AUSTRALIA (BUSSO 2012) RESULTS AND WRAP UP

When can this just be over??!‘ An athletes desperation around 25km into the marathon leg of the 2012 SunSmart Ironman Western Australia on the weekend. Their race had not gone to plan. They didn’t envisage walking on race day, they hadn’t trained to walk a marathon, but that’s how their race unfolded on the hottest day since landing in WA 5 days earlier. Ironman can be a lonely road at times. It is not a sport for the faint hearted, but it is where athletes are made, and it is where you find all your willpower, determination and search the bottom of your soul to do anything it takes to cross the finishing line and be called an Ironman. No one forces you, no one but yourself. Yet every athlete is prepared to put them self into a place that others can only imagine. Continue reading our Ironman Western Australia wrap up and results here.

ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN for Triathlon Australia Members – if you want to enter for next years race, make sure you go online here. General entries open on Thursday.

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WTC ANNOUNCING ADDITIONAL 25 KONA SLOTS FOR MELBOURNE

A BIG announcement by WTC and a huge incentive for our athletes racing IRONMAN MELBOURNE. With 2 athletes racing Kona last year, next year may just well be even bigger on the Big Island! Click here to read more…

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OTHER RACE RESULTS AROUND THE COUNTRY

Sprint Distance Champs – Coomealla
You may be forgiven to missed the results of our two athletes who raced the Sprint Distance Championships in Coomealla NSW on the weekend. But we had two athletes for two podiums. Tri Alliance Ambassador Lisa MacFarlane started her ‘London 2013’ campaign well finishing 3rd in her age group and snapping up some good points. You read Lisa’s race report and follow her journey here.
One of our online coached athlete Tim French continues his great start to the season training with us by winning his age group. Not a bad effort for someone new to the sport! Well done guys, look forward to seeing your results at your next races.

Anaconda – Lorne
Athletes Dale Robinson, Sally Clements and the recently returned Richelle Olsen took on and conquered the mini Anaconda in Lorne on the weekend and had an awesome time while doing so!  Well done girls, awesome effort – we look forward to hearing the war stories!! 🙂

Taupo Half
Well done to Nick Sissons on his latest Half Ironman in Taupo. With a haspan leading into the race hampering his run, he finished well considering. Now time to let the wound heel and reset for his next race in the new year – including Ironman Melbourne.

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CANBERRA HALF IROMAN – THIS WEEKEND
Sunday 16 December 2012

This weekend we have 9 athletes heading in convoy up the Hume Hwy to Canberra for the Half Ironman. The race starts with a swim in the murky Lake Burley Griffin, the bike this year has been changed to a 5lap flat course due to ongoing road works. This will work in the favour of a number of athletes. Cornering and keeping distance on the course will now be the toughest part, and the relatively flat 3 lap run course can prove to be fast. So good luck to all our athletes racing – we look forward to tracking you on Sunday!

Charlie Nathan M25-29     Melissa Collins F30-34      Jeanette Linehan F40-44
Ariel Grana M35-39            Adam Murone M35-39     Steve Akins M45-49
Paul Venner M45-49           Steve Bridges M50-54       Alex Angelini M50-54

Click here for more information on the race

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GATORADE RACE 2 – ELWOOD CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL!

We had some fantastic results from Race 1 at StKilda, and with only 3 short weeks in between races, this week we take on Race 2 of the Series at our home ground – Elwood.

This week we have a number of big hitters back racing including Lisa Dominguez, Ryan Bourke, Sarah Grove, along with podium finishers from the first race and those who were just off the mark including Xavier Flynn, Mark Skilton, Kathryn Siddle, Belinda Griffiths to name a few.

The question mark around the race though will be whether it is turned into a duathlon due to impending weather. This obviously won’t suit the swimmers but will favour others. So results could be up for grabs here. Lets hope the weather man is wrong and the good weather continues through to the weekend!

Good luck to our TRY-theTRI’s
A shout out to our next group of beginners who are completing their TRY-the-TRI Program this week. Bernadette has done another awesome job with the group and we can’t wait to see them in action on Sunday!
Have you entered? If not, late entry fee of $10 applies from mid-day today, and online entries close tomorrow. So don’t leave it any longer!
SuperSprint Tri Club Competition – Tri Alliance has been the winner of the SuperSprint Tri Club Competition since it’s inception 2 years ago and we are going for a three-peat this year. To gain points for Tri Alliance, you need to ensure that your SuperSprint Profile has Tri Alliance as your Triathlon Club.
Tri Alliance Race Results – By having Tri Alliance as your Triathlon Club in your SuperSprint Profile– this is also how we collate our our athlete race results spreadsheet. So another reason to ensure you have this updated! You don’t want to miss out on a mention in our results and post race report!

Post Race Drinks/Chriatmas Party! Please note that we will not have a Post race BBQ due to our Christmas Party. So we’ll have a quick pack up (help is always greatly appreciated!) and prepare for our Christmas Party at Port Melbourne Bowling Club from 3pm. If you haven’t booked your ticket yet make sure you do now!

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UPGRADING TO GATORADE/ACTIVE FEET SERIES ENTRY

Did you enter race one and now thinking you should have entered the whole series? Well you still can! Athletes can upgrade to become a Series entrant by 5pm Thursday 13 December just before Race 2. Late fee kicks on the Wednesday before, so best to get in by the Wednesday 5pm.
The cost of your first race will be taken off your Series Entry – so you don’t lose out. And you still receive f fantastic Series packs – Active Feet get a kit valued over $250 and Gatorade Series Kit valued at $300! PLUS you go in the draw to win Pro for a Day – and Tri Alliance for the last 3 years has had at least one athlete win during the series.
All you need to do is contact SuperSprint 9595 3000 to arrange.

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TRI ALLIANCE CHRISTMAS PARTY
Sunday 16 December 2012 3pm-late

You’ve saved the date, now you can get your tickets! Last year was so much fun, we’re doing it all again. Barefoot Bowling, BBQ and Christmas cheer TA style!
Where: Port Melbourne Bowling Club
When: Sunday 16 December 3pm-late
Tickets MUST be pre purchased:
Gourmet BBQ and Bowls: $60, all you can eat and 2hours of bowling OR
Gourmet BBQ only: $40 – all you can eat (no bowling)
Barefoot Bowls only: $30 (no food)
Childrens BBQ: $15
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET!

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HELL WEEK CHALLENGE

The Challenge has been set…..
SAT 22 – SAT 29 DEC 2012

The much anticipated Hell Week has been a tradition over Christmas for a number of years and this year it is back with a vengeance! With more athletes, more coaches and some big races ahead, we hope you are ready to take on our Hell Week Challenge! CLICK HERE to find out more!

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ELITE CLOTHING RANGE – ORDERS BEING TAKEN

We will be placing another order of our ELITE ROCKET SCIENCE RACE GEAR to arrive in time for the Geelong Multi-sports Festival.  Orders must be received NO LATER than next Friday 14 December to ensure orders arrive in time.
CLICK HERE to order online – please remember ensure you are NOT logged in when purchasing, as gear is at athlete prices already.

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RETUL BIKE FIT – MORE POWER, NO EXTRA TRAINING

Do you want more power on the bike without additional training? The innovative Retul bike fitting system can help you achieve results. As used by 3 x IM World champion Craig Alexander Retul is the most advanced bike fitting system in the industry. Book in today with us – call 9645 2223. Click here to read more

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PARTNER SPECIALS AND DISCOUNTS

FREE BIKE SERVICE DELIVERY 
Bicycles Inc
 is offering a FREE delivery service, where you can drop your bike in for a service at their store during the week and they will personally drop it down on Thursday Night Combo Session. Only 3 spots for this are available each week, so make sure you book in early. And if you haven’t had your bike services for a while – here’s a great chance!
**Please note this week will be the final week before Xmas, and will be back in action in the  New Year**

SPECIAL OFFER ON NEW SHIMANO TRI SHOES
Bicycles Inc have just got their hands on the new Male and Female Elite Tri Shoe. The ideal tri shoe for short and long course racing, features include light weight, top cap and carbon fibre composite sole.
Male TR60 and Female WT60 Elite Tri Shoe
TRI-Alliance Athlete Price $225 (20% off RRP!)
Male: Sizes 38 through 50
Female: Sizes36 through 43

FIT HEALTH INSURANCE – $150 CASH BACK!
FIT Health Insurance is a new type of health insurance that’s all about encouraging, supporting and rewarding active Australians – just like you! As a special offer to our partner’s clients (that’s YOU!) and for a limited time when you join FIT Health Insurance, FIT will give you $150 Cash-Back!*
All athletes should have some form of medical insurance so why not look at this fantastic offer FIT insurance is offering for a limited time only! Click here to read more about this fantastic promotion! And enter the promotional code Tri Alliance to access this great promotional deal!
Click here to read more about our association with FIT Health Insurance

SHOTZ SPORTS NUTRITION
Make sure you stock up on your training Nutrition. Final Orders will be taken THIS WEEK. So don’t be stuck over Hell Week without Gels, Bars or Shots Hydration Tabs. Order online before this FRIDAY to ensure you receive fore Hell Week.

THE PERFORMANCE AND SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY CLINIC
Are now conveniently located at Lakeside Stadium, 31 Aughtie Drive Albert Park. You can receive exclusive athlete discount and services. PSPC specialise in helping athletes achieve optimal and consistent performance. Make sure you contact Dane or Dan if you want to maximise your performance.
Click here to read more about their services.

ROCKET SCIENCE WETSUIT CHRISTMAS SALE!
Receive 30% off the full Rocket Science Wetsuit Range up until 24 December! See the guys at Xosize, 282 Centre Rd Bentleigh to get sized up and grab a new wetsuit at a great price!

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TRAINING TIMETABLE CHANGES – DECEMBER
Make sure you have checked out our updated training timetable for squad sessions. A few changes have been made for the remainder of November and moving into December including:

  • Tuesday PM Windtrainer sessions – 6.30pm for all athletes
  • Wednesday PM sessions @ MSAC – outdoor pool for December
  • MONDAY 17 DECEMBER – Swim sessions at MSAC will be in the INDOOR POOL

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TRAINING THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY
Short Course:
7.30am Elwood Beach. Pre Race Session. Bring all swim, bike and run gear.
Those not racing will join the long course athletes for a ride.
*Note later session start time.
Long Course & Short Course athletes NOT racing:
Leaving 6.30am from North Point Cafe, North Road Brighton. Please ensure you are ready no later than 6.25am for ride briefing.

SUNDAY
Gatorade & Active Feet, Race 2 Elwood Beach.
NO coached sessions in Melbourne, follow own program for sessions/distances or come along to the Gatorade/Active Feet Race at Elwood and cheer on your fellow athletes!

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