WORD FROM THE COACHESTri Alliance Christmas Party
You have got to love this time of the year. The festive season is in full flight and everyone is ready to hit some festive celebrations – including our Christmas Party held at Elwood Sailing Club on Sunday.

We had 80 athletes, friends and family join us over the afternoon (and into the wee hours of the morning) and plenty of fun was had chatting all things triathlon and beyond. It’s great to see athletes enjoying themselves outside of training and what an amazing group we have that people from all walks of life, can come together and enjoy fun times in the sun. And it’s always great as Coaches to see the lighter side of you all. 🙂

This week is our final regular week of training before Hell Week commences and we then head into our Christmas/New Year Break before resuming full training again on Thursday 2 January.  A reminder that we also have NO swim sessions at MSAC or Northcote this Friday 20 December ahead of Day 1 of Hell Week Challenge on Saturday 21 December.

Hell-Week-Challenge-2013-Small-OpacityFull 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!

Programs for January are currently having their final touches being put on them and will be posted over the next week. Reminder to all athletes that we program and structure around 12 different training programs from beginner/fun programs all the way through to advanced Ironman Programs. If you feel your program isn’t working for you, then make sure you speak to one of our Core Coaches in the office so we can help ensure you are gaining the most from your training and racing. So don’t hesitate to chat to us at any time. That’s what our Coaches are here for! 🙂

OFFICE CLOSURE
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 any questions regarding Hell Week, please post in our ‘Hell Week Challenge Facebook Group‘. Other queries you can contact Coaches Ollie or Sarah.
Ollie [email protected] 0425 731 036
Sarah [email protected] 0438 358 841

SYSTEM UPGRADES AND MAINTENANCE
Over the past week, our IT Team have been doing scheduled maintenance on the members area of our website in preparation for a new launch we will have in the coming weeks. During this time there may be short disruptions to your athlete login and we appreciate your patience during this time. Over this time you will also receive an automated email with a new Username and Password for our new members Portal. Please ensure you hold onto this email as you will be required to use this as a log in as a user into our new membership portal. Further details will be communicated in the coming week. We appreciate your patience in the mean time.

CANBERRA HALF IRONMAN RESULTS
Well done to our team of 9 athletes who raced in Canberra on Sunday (and subsequently missed our xmas party!) for the Canberra Half Ironman. It ended up being quite a tough day for athletes, it was high 20’s so pretty warm compared to what our team have been training for, and the course for those who have never done it, is quite tough on the bike with a few sharp climbs to take the sting out of the legs and slow average bike times.
Most of our athletes racing were first time at the distance, so it was great to coach them to this point and then help continue their development and improvement at this distance into the back half of this season.

  • Daryl Clemson – 5:07:22 – 37th (40-44) (first time half)
  • Blake Henry: 05:16:30 – 45th (25-29) (30+min PB)
  • Mick Ryan: 05:29:53 – 92nd (30-34) (mechanical on the bike cost him 40min, look out for his next race!)
  • Edward Smith: 05:30:29 – 21st (50-54) (first time half)
  • David Dwyer – 05:39:34 – 45th (45-49) (first time, online athlete) “Thanks Ollie, Emma & Sarah for your help getting me ready for Canberra 70.3. Although my Achilles blew up on the run, I still managed to beat my goal time. The support from fellow TA athletes was much appreciated… Especially when I was in a world of pain near the end. I certainly look forward to racing in the TA colours again!”
  • Andy Wood-Rich: 5:41:41 – 90th (40-44) Read his race report here….
  • Emily Wilson – 05:59:06 – 22nd (35-39) (PB!)
  • David Inglis – 6:58:24 – 146th (40-44) (first time half)
  • Lisa Harrison – 6:25.09 – 25th  (first time half)


NEW TRAINING LOCATION IN BAYSIDE!
Tri Alliance Bayside Triathlon Training
Tri Alliance is excited to announce our expansion into the South-Eastern Suburbs and Bayside area of Melbourne!
Our newly structured program will offer swim, bike and run sessions based out of Bayside Aquatics in Mentone and is an ideal location for those living or working in the south-east and bayside area.

Sessions will kick start on 13 January, with any existing athlete in the area encouraged to join these sessions and we are also offering a special of 1 month FREE training to any new athletes joining the Bayside squad. For more information click here.

SPORTS DIETITIANFuel Right Nutrition
Tri Alliance Sports Dietitian Margaret Meilczarek has launched her new Facebook Page and Website Fuel Right Nutrition. fuel right NUTRITION is a nutrition and sports nutrition consultancy aiming to provide comprehensive nutrition guidance to clients and athletes, maximising health, both now and in to the future, and optimising athletic performance. All Tri Alliance athletes receive exclusive deals from Margaret. Make sure you check out Marg’s Facebook page and Website and enquire today to take the first step in improving your health.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
6 WEEK ADVANCED PROGRAMStrength and Conditioning Tri Alliance
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 Altitude Training Camp
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.

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