WORD FROM THE COACHES
The first of our big Team Ironman events for the 2013-14 season was held in the magnificent town of Busselton (Busso), Western Australia. Ironman Western Australia is renowned for crystal blue waters and a golden warm sunshine to match; the event this year surely did not disappoint with near iconic racing conditions.
11 Tri Alliance Victoria athletes whom had been slogging it out over winter were ready to tackle the picturesque course and achieve their dreams and aspirations. Amongst the team was Busso veteran Greg Nugent whom was making his 5th appearance and TA high performance athlete Marina Jurjevic who was looking to add another title to her growing list of achievements. We had 4 first timers in Peet and Juliet Vermuelen, Andy Peters and Magda Urbanek. Other team members included the flying Jody Biddle who was coming off a superb race in Shepparton 3 weeks earlier, Matty Green, Nick Sissons and Paul O’dowd who were all chasing bests and solid performances in their respected age groups. Online athlete Geoff Mcdonald had also been putting in the hard yards over winter and was on track for a new personal best.
And as we sit back and reflect on the weekend, we cannot be prouder of our athletes for their dedication and determination in taking on this race. You not only did your Coaches proud, more importantly you did yourselves proud! Read our full wrap up of Ironman Western Australia here.
CANBERRA HALF IRONMAN
This weekend is another big one for Long Course racing, and we have 8 athletes heading to Canberra for the Canberra Half Ironman. The race starts with a swim in the murky Lake Burley Griffin, a scenic 3 lap bike around parliament and surrrounding parklands and through part of the CBD which includes a steady climb on each lap to keep athletes honest. The race finishes with a relatively flat 3 lap run course which can prove to be fast if athletes have raced smart on the bike. The race kicks off at 6.15am with wave starts following. Click here for more information on the race.
So good luck to each of our athletes racing – we look forward to tracking you on Sunday!
- Mick Ryan
- Daryl Clemson
- David Inglis – 1st Half
- Edward Smith
- David Dwyer – 1st Half
- Blake Henry
- Andy Wood-Rich
- Emily Wilson – 1st Half
OTHER RACE RESULTS AROUND THE COUNTRY
Lorne Adventure Race
“This race kicked my ass last year, and I thought I wasn’t going to be good at a sport for the first time. This year I kicked the race’s ass!!!! No-race is allowed to put me down!!!” An excited Luisa Orta shares her experience on this years Lorne Adventure Race last weekend. Well done Luisa! Continue reading…
Funky Trunks Splash Dash Bash
A fun new event held in the Bay just off Kerford Road. On what was a perfect morning for open water swimming, we had a small team of athletes use the event for a big of fun and a little ‘inhouse’ rivalry. Well done to those who raced.
Andy Wood-Rich 5km
Natalie Methven 2.5km
Suzie Latta 2.5km
Stephen Drake 2.5km
Stephen Drake 2.5km
Barloworld Bayside Aquathon
Another new event on the Melbourne calendar was an aquathon held at Bright Baths which included a kids Aqua, an anticer and and the longer enduro format of 3km run, 800m swim, 3km run. Well done to those who raced
Kerri Whitney 3rd F30-39
Sean Helmot 15th M30-39
FRIDAY 13TH – CHRISTMAS SALE!
Tri Alliance will be releasing a one day 25% off TA Team Clothing range this Friday 13 December. The sale will be released on our Tri Alliance Facebook Page – so make sure you jump online Friday to grab the promotional code so you can join us in our Christmas Sale!
This is a great chance to grab your jersey and/or knicks online ahead of our Hell Week Challenge. Both Elite Cycling Gear and Team Cycling Gear available.
Please note that the TAHQ Office will be closed from Friday 20 December, returning Thursday 2 January. Coaches Ollie and Sarah will be checking emails during this time, however may take longer to reply. Should you have a question that requires answering during Hell Week, please post in our ‘Hell Week Challenge Facebook Group‘.
Ollie [email protected] 0425 731 036
Sarah [email protected] 0438 358 841
SWIM SESSIONS NEXT WEEK
Please note that we will have NO swim Sessions at MSAC OR Northcote this coming Monday 16 December (due to Christmas Party & swimming competitions) OR Friday 21 December – leading into Hell Week.
Monday 16 Dec – 7.00pm Beginner Swim at StMichaels only (NO MSAC or Northcote)
Tuesday 17 Dec – 6.00am Beginner swim at MSAC
Wednesday 18 Dec – AM and PM swims as normal at MSAC, Northcote & StMichaels
Friday 20 Dec – NO Swim sessions.
MEET OUR AMBASSADORS FOR 2013/2014 SEASON
In 2012, Tri Alliance launched a Tri Alliance Ambassador Program – a chance for a male and female athlete to become a Tri Alliance Ambassador for the upcoming Triathlon Season and share their experience, support and encouragement with fellow team mates. In return, Tri Alliance and our partners Rocket Science Sports, Mizuno Running and Fusion Health provide product and support to assist our ambassadors with their own training and racing goals. We officially welcome our new ambassadors this year, you can learn more about them here:
MALE Ambassador: Lance Willie FEMALE Ambassador: Anne-Marie Cooke
SUSSANS WOMENS FUN RUN – A MUST WATCH
Thanks to our group of female athletes who supported this years Sussans Womens Fun Run as pace runners for the event. They did a fantastic job, and the girls on course appreciate the support and cheering ‘from within’. And as athletes it’s great to give back to others new to events such as this, so well done.
5km event: Suzie Latta, Snead Collins, Emma Oliver
10km event: Ellie Stubbs, Michelle Bond, Emma Donati
21.1km event: Kellie Emmerson, Narelle Crooks, Brianna Scarlett
Big thanks also goes to Coach Emma-Lise Donati and her side kicks Brianna Scarlett and Coach Sarah who lead the charge in warming up the girls for the event. Check them out in action here!
CHRISTMAS PARTY CELEBRATIONS
RSVP’s CLOSE TOMORROW
For those who have left buying their ticket to our Annual Christmas Party to the last minute, we have left RSVP’s open until tomorrow NOON.
So make sure you get yourself, your family and friends booked in to our Annual Christmas Party! We have a great afternoon planned including a gourmet BBQ, santa, fun and games! This is one not to be missed, so make sure you come along and celebrate Christmas with those you spend so much time with during the year! CLICK HERE to book.
HELL WEEK CHALLENGE – DETAILS RELEASED!
Full details on our Hell Week Challenge have been released on our Hell Week Challenge FB Group. We have also now included our ‘Hell Week Rules to Obey’. So if you haven’t read these, make sure you click here.
If you have friends/family who want to take part in our Hell Week Challenge, then simply join them up as an Annual Member Online and they will be join in!
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
6 WEEK ADVANCED PROGRAM
Designed for more advanced athletes wanting to take their bodies to the next level. Ensure you stay injury free during the peak racing season, and develop explosive strength, speed and power to give you that racing edge. Ideal for top intermediate & advanced athletes, will commence early January for peak racing in the New Year.
Please email [email protected] if you are interested.
FALLS CREEK TRAINING CAMP – SECURE YOUR PLACE!
Give your training a mid-season boost and gain that performance edge for long course racing by training and sleeping at altitude during our long course specific altitude training camp. Ideal for those who are racing long course events during February – June including Challenge Melbourne, Geelong Half Ironman, Ironman Melbourne, Ironman New Zealand, Ironman Port Macquarie and more! Limited places are available – Read more here and to reserve your place.
XTREME FITNESS – NEW SHOWROOM OPEN!
Up 40% off retail!
Xtreme Fitness Australia headed up by Rohan Belmore, have been a long time supporter of Tri Alliance and they are pleased to announce a brand new showroom open!
The showroom will be open to the public for the month of December only Monday – Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. And at wholesale prices, is up to 40% off RRP for Tri Alliance Athletes!
Xtreme Fitness’s range of fitness equipment is now huge and they cover everything from domestic exercise bikes through to full commercial pin loaded, plate loaded and cardio equipment. Xtreme normally only sells to wholesale, corporate and commercial customers. However they are offering exclusive trade and wholesale prices to all Tri Alliance members. This equates to massive savings of around 40% off normal retail! Just present your Tri Alliance Athlete ID card.
Address: 161 Grange Road Fairfield – only 1km from Northcote YMCA Leisure Centre.
TRAINING THIS WEEKEND
PRE HELL WEEK GROUP RIDE / RECOVERY RIDE
All athletes will complete a ride this Saturday as part of recovery week and in preparation for Hell Week Challenge. If you are particitaing in Hell Week, it is expected that you attend this ride.
All groups will be easy to moderate ride before we head into a big couple of weeks of training, and a great chance to meet other riders of similar ability so you can start grouping together. Meet at Elwood Lifesaving Club, group briefings will be 5min BEFORE start times. Please ensure you are on time. Coffees will be at The Great Provider Post Ride.
6.30am – Advanced riders – long and short course.
7.00am – Intermediate Riders – long and short course.
7.30am – Beginner riders & those who have not ridden with us before.
*Depending on numbers, groups may also roll out in smaller groups.
Make sure you have grabbed your jersey and/or knicks online ahead of our Hell Week Challenge. Both Elite Cycling Gear and Team Cycling Gear available.
NO COACHED SESSIONS – FOLLOW OWN PROGRAM
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- Tri Alliance Triathlon Training
- Tri Alliance Victoria
- Tri Alliance Queensland
- Tri Alliance Running Group