WORD FROM THE COACHES
We are fast approaching the last few races of the season – where did the season go?! Over winter it seems a long time for the season to come around, and then when it’s here it seems to fly by before you know it! Most weekends for the remainder of the season we have athletes racing in some capacity. Last weekend there were athletes racing in Davenport, Sprint at Sandringham and the Big Bay Swim. This weekend Ironman Melbourne Athletes Andy Wood-Rich and Dean Hawkins head to Warrnambool for a pre-race hit out at Sufferfest – a long course race 2/80/20. Lets hope their races are more enjoyable than the name suggests! 🙂 Ryan Bourke is also heading to Sydney for the NSW state sprint champs. So best of luck to these boys.
Next week is recovery week – however we will still be holding Tuesday and Thursday AM run sessions for our Ironman Melbourne and Portatlington Long Course Athletes. Please ensure you check out training timetable.
PORTARLINGTON RACE ACCOMMODATION
We have ONE SPOT FREE in our group accommodation in Portarlington for the race on Sunday 17 March! If you haven’t organised yourself a bed, email [email protected] ASAP!
DAVENPORT AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC DISTANCE CHAMPS
We had a small but strong team head to Davenport for the Australia Olympic Distance champs and another chance for these athletes to claim points for their bid for the Age Group World Championships in London later this year. Congratulations to:
- Geoffrey Taylor winning his age group by nearly 3min and reclaiming his Aus title.
- Lisa Dominguez backing up after her impressive Geelong win to place 2nd in F30-34, less than 2min behind the winner.
- Sheridan Brown finishing 7th in F35-39 Great effort getting back on the bike after her accident in Geelong, well done Sher!
- Jill Sultan claiming more points to her name also finishing 7th in her age group.
Well done team – London here we come! 🙂
BIG BAY SWIM
The Big Bay Swim is a 3.2km open water swim from Port Melbourne to Williamstown and was not without a little ‘excitement’ this year. The race delayed due to a cargoe ship and swimmers then had to ‘enjoy’ swarms of Jelly Fish.
“Choppy as you expect in the channel but not going to get a much better day for it. Jellyfish the size of basketballs… First one caught me off guard!” 🙂 Mick Ryan
Well done to our athletes out there.
- Lidia Ursini had been working hard on her swim this season and the hard work has paid off. She had a goal of sub 1hour (last year did 1:06) and she smashed that, finishing in 57:51 AND came THIRD in her category! Well done Lids, a fantastic effort to cap off a great start to 2013.
- Mick Ryan has been unlucky with injuries again this year. But that doesn’t mean the boy can’t swim. Finishing in 42:43, FIFTH in his category and 29th overall. Not a bad effort against some solid open water swimmers!
- Natalie Methven also shows the rest of us she can swim finishing the 3.2km in 47:30, FIFTH in her category and 9th female overall. Top work Nat!
COLES BAY HALF – ATHLETE RACE REPORT
By Adam Murone
What a beautiful course to do a half! With an 11am start on Saturday it was a different approach to race day and nutrition. A little sleep in and a big breakfast with some “morning tea” before race kicked off. Click here to continue reading….
STAY TUNED – COMING SOON!
APRIL TRAINING TIMETABLE
Our much anticipated ‘April Training Timetable’ will be coming out VERY soon. Activities planned this year include:
- Mountain Biking
- Hiking including the famous 1000 Steps
- Studley Park Family Day
- Tour de Latte Rides
- Sunday ‘Fun Days’
END OF SEASON PRESENTATION NIGHT!
The biggest night of the year is our End of Season Presentation Night and this year the date has been set for SATURDAY 11 MAY 2013. In what is touted as THE Social Event of the year, it’s one you won’t want to miss! Invite your friends, parters, family – the more the merrier. Big questions this year – Who will be this years John Cornish Scholarship holder? Who will win the ‘Zoolander Award’? Invites going out next month – so keep an eye out!
PRE SEASON TRAINING CAMP – LORNE
We are excited already about this years Pre Season Training Camp. Held every year over the Queens Birthday Weekend (7-10 June 2013) in Lorne. And we have some exciting developments and additions to this years camp that we can’t wait to share with you. In the meantime make sure you lock this date in your diary and stay tuned for more details to come!
PUFFING BILLY – THE GREAT TRAIN RACE!
As part of our training timetable for April, we are encouraging athletes to join us in a FUN event – the Great Train Race on Sunday 5 May!
The race route extends 13.2 km’s through the hills and fern gullies of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park. The continual popularity of this unique fun run makes the Great Train Race an event not to be missed.
Speak to anyone who has done this event and we can guarantee you will love it! So lock this date in your diary and make sure you enter ASAP as the event is popular and can sell out. We’ll make a fantastic morning of it. 🙂 Click here for more info and to enter!
CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO……………
Thanks to everyone who entered our FREE race entry competition simply by sharing a Facebook Post about the Portarlington Long Course Event. WINNERS of a FREE race entry into either Race 5 or Race 6 of the Gatorade/Active Feet Series are:
Sheridan Brown, Kerri Whitney and Annemarie Cooke!
Please email [email protected] to let us know which race you would like to enter.
A big thank you to everyone who enjoyed our Post Training BBQ last Thursday Night and at the same time helped raise $276! towards our Smiling for Smiddy Fundraising Campaign! With each donation are inching closer our target of $50,000 ($100k nationally with Queensland). A big thanks also to those who brought along a salad or desert. Was a great spread and a great chance to have a good old chin-wag over the BBQ. 🙂 If you would like to donate to our cause visit our fundraising page.
SENDING WELL WISHES
Tri Alliance would like to wish Online Athlete Ben Layton a seedy recovery. Ben has had a tough start to 2013 with a foot injury sidelining him from running and then when out riding last week he came off his bike and fractured his collar bone requiring surgery. Not an injury you want as he was preparing for his first Half Ironman in Yeppoon.
Best wishes on your recovery Ben!
TRIATHLON CLOTHING & WETSUITS – UP TO 50% OFF!
2013 Stock will be arriving soon at Xosize Active – 2012 stock to clear!
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SALE ENDS 28th February 2013 in store or over the phone 03 9557 8313 only
Xosize Active 282 Centre Rd, Bentleigh
TRI SHOP ONLINE ORDER DISTRIBUTIONS:
Please note the following changes to distribution of clothing or other items purchased through our online tri shop:
- From THIS THURSDAY ONWARDS, no items will be available to pick up at session/s. (Excluding gear that is on back order at the moment).
- Gear can either be PICKED UP from the Tri Alliance Office 3/20-26 Sabre Drive Port Melbourne OR you must purchase postage as part of your order. Your items will be posted within 48hours.
- If you do not purchase postage, it is assuming you would like to pick up, and you will be required to contact us to arrange a day/time. Our office is generally open 10am-4pm Monday-Thurs or 10-2pm Fridays.
FIT HEALTH INSURANCE – $150 CASH BACK!
With recent changes to the health system, you can’t afford to not have Health Insurance these days. FIT Health Insurance are offering Tri Alliance athletes $150 CASH BACK plus NO 2 or 6 month waiting periods of private and extras.
CLICK HERE to read more on this exclusive offer, and click here to find our why FIT Health Insurance is fantastic for sporting people – they reward you for staying fit! Offer valid until 28 February 2013. So get in quick!
SHARE OFFICE SPACE WITH TRI ALLIANCE
Tri Alliance currently shares their office/warehouse with major Coffee Company Degani Cafe who will be relocating to a larger space next month. So here is a unique opportunity for a business to share a prime office location in Port Melbourne. Upstairs office space for lease is 102 sqm and includes: Kitchenette and bathroom facilities and 3 car spaces. Asking Price base rent $21,500 + outgoings. If you would like further information please contact: George Vasiliadis [email protected] 0418 568 088 or speak to Ollie.
TRAINING DETAILS THIS WEEKEND
SATURDAY 2 MARCH
Advanced – short course ride (invite only) leaving Cafe Racer 6.00am for caffeine hit, for a 6.30am roll out. Coach Ryan.
Intermediate & Beginners – Swim/Bike/Run/Skills. 7.00am Elwood Lifesaving Club. Bring Swim and Run Gear only and get ready for a great session with Coach DARREN! We also encourage those Half IM athletes who just completed Geelong and do not have another Half Ironman this season to head along.
LONG COURSE –
Beach Road Race Specific Ride – All levels. 6.10am for a 6.15am ride start, meeting at Elwood Lifesaving Club. Portarlington and IM Melbourne athletes to bring their runners for run off the bike. Ensure you practice full race nutrition and clothing.
SUNDAY 3 MARCH
SHORT COURSE – RIDE, BRICK AND BIKE SKILLS: Bring your bike and Runners! (What you would use race day). Coach Darren is back and has a great session planned for our Short Course athletes. Including Kew Boulevard Ride, Run off bike and bike skills.
Meet: Studley Park Boathouse, Boathouse Road, Kew. 7.00am for a 7.10am start.
LONG COURSE –
Ironman Melbourne Athletes – IM Melb Course Swim & Run. Meeting 5.50am for a 6.00am carpool from Green Point Brighton. Those leaving cars and don’t have a permit you may want to park in the side streets (free). 7.00am swim at Frankston, 8.00am run from Frankston back to Half Moon Bay. Please ensure you have read all the details online and organised your car pooling. Click here for full details and to arrange car pools with athletes.
Portarlington / Port MacQuarie Athletes:
Either: Endurance Run – own venue, OR meet with our IM Melbourne Team, open water swim in Frankston and 21km run back to Brighton. Our support vehicle will drop you at the point to start your 21km run. If you are interested in joining please email [email protected] BEFORE Friday to arrange details.
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