Race 3 of the Gatorade/Active Feet Tri Series has been run and won and another great day with 58 Short Course athletes racing and PB’s galore from Race 2. CLICK HERE to read our Race Report and Wrap up from the race.

Last Saturday we also had a great number of athletes compete in the worlds largest and most popular open water swim – the Lorne Pier to Pub. Well done to the following athletes who enjoyed a great day in Lorne.
Peter Rainey  |  Brad Campbell  |  Michelle Grocock  |  Dan Weekes  |  Daniel Steadman  |  Des Minton  |  Alan Chng  |  Cath Capan  |  Nigel Whitehead  |  Caroline Houston.
Full results from the event can be viewed HERE.Mizuno Running

Last Thursday we had the Team from Mizuno and Running Fit join us for our Combo session again and it is great to have Mark, Simon, Trent and Ashley share in their passion for training and share their knowledge in running and running shoes with our team.
And with great looking, functional and fantastic priced shoes – why wouldn’t you want to get your feet in a pair of Mizunos!

We are sad to see two female athletes leave us for sunnier states over the next week.
Alison Faulkner is one dedicated athlete who makes the travel from Woodend area to MSAC on a regular basis to attend 5.45am swim sessions! After a stint in Canada last year Alison is now moving herself to Sunny Queensland Gold Coast and will look at joining out team up there. Alison has promised she will be back and we may even see her at the last Gatorade Race at StKilda. 🙂
Meg Takiguchi is leavnig us next week to relocate to the west to pursue her dream of becoming a dentist. Meg will be finishing her studing in Perth and we’re hoping she’ll come back to Mlbourne when she’s done. Either way, best of luck to you Meg we’ll miss you. 🙂

Tuesday 15 January 2012smiling for smiddy

Our Smiling for Smiddy Campaign Launch was a great success on Tuesday Night as part of our Athlete Team Meeting. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the night we raised $680 on the night to go towards our National Goal of $100,000!  And a number of athletes took home some great prizes as a result – including Sharon Hinrichsen who won herself a race entry. Looks like you will be doing your first triathlon before the season is out Sharon! 🙂

Tri Alliance is proud to join the fight against cancer by joining forces with Smiling for Smiddy – a non-profit organisation raising money for Cancer Research. Click here to continue reading…..

Our Saturday Combo sessions are being revamped, restructured and revitalised!  Our new look session will start this Saturday 7.00am-9.00am. All short Course athletes are highly encouraged to attend with sessions including race speed runs, transition training, aquathons, duathlons, race simulations, open water swimming plus more!
What: Saturday Run + Combo session
When: 6.50am for 7.00am starts
Who: Intermediate Short Course athletes training for Gatorades, Sandy or Geelong Olympic Distance..

Aus Day Swim

Saturday Training for the Australia Day Weekend will incorporate the Middle Brighton Australia Day swim.

Sprint Athletes are encouraged to enter the 1.4k or 650m swim and Olympic Distance Athletes are strongly encouraged to enter the 1.4k swim in the lead up to Sandringham & Geelong OD events.

We will have the TA tent at the event and coach Emma will be conducting a run/warm up session prior to the swim start. Further details will be communicated next week. But make sure you enter so you don’t miss out! CLICK HERE for more details and to enter

FIRST AID COURSE – St John’s Ambulance Australia First aid
No matter what you do, it pays to have first aid skills because you can’t learn it in an emergency!

A number of the Tri Alliance coaches will be attending an Apply First Aid course with CPR on Friday 1st of February 2013. If you are interested in becoming accredited or need to renew your accreditation to apply First Aid then consider joining us.

Course Date/time: Friday February 2013 8.30am – 4.15pm
Course Cost: $195 or $175 if we book in a min of 10ppl

Course details: Apply First Aid (valid 3yrs) and CPR (valid 12months). Course covers a broad range of topics to enable participants to confidently manage emergency situations, providing care for the ill or injured until medical aid arrives. 1 day course with pre work required.

If you are interested and available to attend please email [email protected] by Friday 18 January 2013.

As we continue to deliver the best coaching and service to our athletes we are now structuring specific advanced short sessions. These sessions will be for athletes on our advanced short course program only (and will be communicated to directly). What this means is Saturdays there will be an advanced short course ride and Sunday’s advanced short course run. This allows these athletes to take their training to the next level, as long with grouping athletes of similar abilities/levels to train together – including our beginner/intermediate athletes. Athletes on our Advanced Short Course Program has been communicated to, but if you feel we have missed you out please contact Sarah to discuss further

Final reminder about our new program and fee structure as part of our last change to our structure. For athletes this affects, make sure you view these changes on line. Changes will come into effect on Monday 21 January. You can view our new program and fee structure under the Training Menu of our website, all program options are now updated and include:

  • Online Training
  • General Social Swim
  • Social Swim
  • Short Course EXL Swims
  • Short Course INC Swims
  • Long Course EXC Swims
  • Long Course INC Swims


After the huge success of our ‘Aid Stations’ at Ironman Melbourne last year, we are again putting a call out for athletes, friends, family who would like to volunteer some of their time to help man a Tri Alliance Aid Station on the Run Course of Ironman Melbourne. With around 50-60 Tri Alliance athletes competing in Ironman Melbourne, it’s going to be a huge event again for Tri Alliance and so we are looking for your support!
What we need!
Around 80 athletes/friends/family who can spare 2-4 hours on Sunday 24 March (Ironman Melbourne Race Day) to assist on one of two aid stations, handing out drinks and food and generally providing support to athletes as they run past.
We are also in search of two people who would be willing to help us with the organisation of the volunteers. You don’t need any experience – just some good organisation skills! Email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer OR be an Volunteer Organiser! Thanks, Sarah


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


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**

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

We are stocked up with Shotz Sports Nutrition – so make sure you aren’t caught short a gel or left without hydration on your next training ride. Buy online today!

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.

Make sure you grab a bargain a brand new Rocket Science Wetsuit. See the guys at Xosize, 282 Centre Rd Bentleigh to get sized up and grab a new wetsuit at a great price!




Advanced Short Course Ride: (these athletes have been contacted – invite only)
Meet at Cafe Racer. 6.15am for a caffeine hit, 6.30am roll out.
Coach: Ryan

Intermediate Short Course Combo Session: 
6.45am for a 7.00am start, Elwood Lifesaving Club
Ensure you bring all swim, bike, run gear. Bikes and gear will be left at the transition area. Key focus will be race specific – so ensure you are ready for a solid (but fun!) session. Not one to be missed! 🙂
Coach: Darren

Beginner Short Course Session:
9.15 for a 9.30am start, Elwood Lifesaving Club
Ensure you bring all swim, bike, run gear. Session will include learning the basics of triathlon transition and skills and open water swimming.
Coach Bernadette & Paddy

Long Course:

  • All Half IM Athletes and First Time Ironman athletes
    6.00am for a 6.15am start Elwood Beach, meet near ELSC. Follow your program for distances, and full details will be provided at briefing. Ride will head towards Port Melbourne first.
    Half IM – 120-130km (Mount Martha) with run off the bike (follow program for distances)
    IM Melb – 150-160km with TT pacing efforts (Safety Beach)
    Coach: Greg
  • INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED Half and Full Ironman athletes (only)
    Please check with Sarah or Ollie  if you are suitable to attend this ride.
    6.00am for a 6.15am start. Oaklands Junction, Bulla. (Airport viewing carpark)
    Click here for the Ironman Map Route, 150-160km. Note Stronger/advanced riders will include ‘The Cross’ at the top of Mount Macedon, while intermediate riders continue through to Riddels Creek for drink/food stop (100km)
    Coaches Ollie & Sarah
  • Please note that riders on this ride MUST know the route, have sufficient nutrition, fluids, money, phone and spares. Athletes of this level should be self sufficient and depending on the riders attending, will split into smaller groups to ensure all riders have a continual ride with minimal stops as possible.
  • Please ensure you allow sufficient time to travel to Bulla (back of Melbourne Airport) to ensure the ride leaves at 6.15am SHARP.
  • Bring post ride recovery food/fluids with you also. A small esky comes in handy out here, and there is NO toilet so bring toilet paper if you think if may be an issue before we ride.

For those doing the Portsea Swim Classic we recommend one of the following if you are planning on riding to/from the swim.
IM Melb: Meet at or around Mordialloc, ride to the swim (75km), complete swim and then ride home. Total 150km
Geelong LC: Meet at or around StKilda/Port Melbourne, ride to the swim (100-110km) plus run off the bike 5-8km. Then hitch a ride home.
Team up on our facebook page if you want to organise meeting points with others.

Intermediate & Beginner Short Course RIDE + run off bike

6.50am for a 7.00am start. Meet at North Point Cafe, Brighton. Plenty of free off street parking.
60-90km timed ride with 2-4km run off bike
Coach: Des

Long Course Endurance/strength run
6.50am for a 7.00am START at Fairfield Boathouse Carpark
Bring your own hydration and water taps are limited and nutrition is compulsory
(please note the earlier start for THIS week only)
Coach: Greg
7.50am for a 8.00am START at MSAC 
Run nutrition compulsory – so make sure you bring with you.
Coaches: Ollie & Sarah


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