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Happy New Year!  And welcome back to the 2019 Triathlon season.  2019 is the Year of the Pig and according to Chinese astrology, 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! It is going to be full of JOY, a year of FRIENDSHIP and LOVE for all the zodiac signs - just what every triathlon squad needs!  Tri-Alliance reached new heights in 2018, so we CAN NOT wait for another kickass year ahead! 

We saw out the year with the traditional Hell Week shenanigans and hope that athletes are starting to see the benefits on this spike in their training load.  We want to give a special shout out to CARLY who was Miss Consistent over the week, which is even more impressive when you learn just how far she has to commute and Best On Ground is awarded to DONNA who was very focused, has been working super hard and made huge leaps and bounds over this time.  Congrats ladies on all your efforts – we look forward to watching your journeys over the next couple of months (and come and see Bondy for a little gold star prize!).  Check out our Hell Week Album.

The beginning of a new year, new month, new week (heck…even a new day), often signals the hitting of the reset button, the get into action alarm, the get up, get going and follow the plan mentality….perfect!  We’ve got 4 more 2XU races between now and the end of March, there’s Geelong 70.3 in 5.5 weeks, Challenge Melb in 13.5 weeks, Port Mac in just under 4 months and Cairns in 5 months.  Good time to check in with where you are at?  Where you want to go?  And what you need to get there.  Coaches are available for chats and advice, so make contact.  You can book a time with Ollie via a coaching appointment calendar on the Vic Site (Book Ollie), where his availability will be visible.

We’re also welcoming Gaz and Sammy as our Ambassadors for this year.  You will be seeing them regularly around sessions and are also available for support if you’d like.  This week we learn a little more about Dr. Gary and get inside his head….just a little. We’ll hear from Sammy in the coming weeks as well as a farewell to our outgoing Ambassadors.

We’ve got loads more in this edition, including what you need to get race ready for this weekend (tri suits, elastic laces, packing list), a call for Kid’s race vollies, a HOT deal on a Garmin Flagship watch, info about MSAC swim sessions and all the details for what’s happening this weekend.

~ Be not afraid of going slowly.  Be afraid only of standing still ~

(Chinese proverb)

Welcome Gaz-bassador!

We are thrilled that Gaz was voted in as one of our newest Ambassadors and will be lending a hand, sharing his experiences and offering support to all our athletes for the 2019 season.  
But who is Gaz?  Well, time to get to know the man behind the facade :)

Race #3 - St Kilda
The local tri season continues into 2019 with Race #3 heading down the road to St Kilda.  Put your hand up if you're ready and raring to go! 

We currently have 34 athletes signed up to race for Tri-Alliance, but we're sure there are more!  

Don't forget....all annual members are entitled to a 20% discounted race entry.  When you enter via the 2XU website, select Tri-Alliance as your squad.  It will prompt you for a password, so just select 'request the password'...we get notified and approve from our end and shoot the details back to you.  Couldn't be easier!
If you'd like to check if you are linked, just shoot Bondy an email.

We will be doing our usual pre-race combo session on Saturday 12th January at Catani Gardens at 7am.  This is a chance to check out the venue, go over the course and put any last minute nerves to rest.  Try to get along to the morning or the Tips & Tricks session.

Helpers Needed

The future stars of our crazy sport will again be getting amongst it this Sunday morning with the Carman's Tri Kids race.  We're looking for some friendly faces to come and give these little ones a hand.  It's super easy, they just need help with:
* lining up in their AGs
* walking to the start line
* being pointed in the right direction
* putting on tops, shorts, shoes (after the swim)
* racking and moving bikes
* encouragement to keep going
* smiles for miles and high 5s all round!
Meet at the TA Tent at 9:45am for briefing in bike compound at 10am.  The more the merrier.  Let's get around these gems of the sport!

Tri Alliance Tri Suit
Be Part of the Team Colours

Not only do our NEW tri suits make you feel RACIER and FASTER, not only are they easier to spot and attract #allofthecheers, but ahtletes have reported ZERO chaffing and no wet nappy feel #winning!  We are completely blown away by just how good the new TA trisuits look! 
So if you haven’t already jumped on board the new trisuit bandwagon, get on it!! You’re just in time for the start of the season and we guarantee you will get extra cheers…so come on, don’t be like some people at Challenge Shepp in non-TA suits who only got cheers once they were 200m down the road and we’d finally realised we knew them (we tried our best, I promise!)…no, don’t be like them, be more like Dan!

Elastic ShoeLaces

You all know the deal - slip them straight on or waste time tying them up!?!?
We know how much faster your transitions are when you don't have to waste time trying to tie your laces and we've now got them available in 6 spanky colours!  Only $10 a set.  They'll be at each session, so grab yours and get your shoes sorted now!

Race Day Checklist
Race Day Checklist

Don’t forget anything on race day with our Comprehensive Triathlon Race Day Checklist. There's a handy mobile freindly verion too to check off as you go!  Don't stress...Tri-Alliance Triathlon Coaching will ensure you are ready to race!

Garmin Fēnix 5s Plus
1 TIME ONLY ~ HUGE Discount !!!
Was $1599...Now $1280

Multisport GPS Watch With Maps, Music, Metrics and More

  • Premium multisport GPS smartwatch with wrist heart rate technology¹ and colour TOPO maps featuring Trendline™ popularity routing to help you find and follow the best paths
  • Fit for adventure with rugged design that features stainless steel or diamond-like carbon (DLC) titanium bezel, buttons and rear case
  • Easily store and play up to 500 songs on your watch, and connect with Bluetooth®  headphones (sold separately) for phone-free listening
  • Garmin Pay™ contactless payment solution² lets you make convenient payments with your watch
  • Built-in navigation sensors include three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter as well as multisatellite (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) network capability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone
  • Battery performance: up to 10 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode with music (depending on settings)
This offer is NOT available to the public. 
Must email Ollie on link below to secure this deal.
More Lane Space
We've been working closely with MSAC to access greater lane space, in what is already a heavily booked facility.  Tri-Alliance is one of the leading squads calling MSAC waters home and we're happy to annouce we will have 4 LANES available next week on both Monday night and Wednesday morning (indoor pool).  So make sure you get along to these sessions and learn from gurus to get your swimming up to speed!
This Weekend's Deets
Over a race weekend, things can look and feel a little different in terms of our sessions.  Therefore, it's important to know what time, what to bring and what to expect from the session #TrainingWithPurpose. 
Quick overview of the weekend ahead:
Hot Laps @ Albert Park 5:45am (int/adv athletes only)
Combo or Run @ Elwood 6pm
TTT @ Elwood 6:30pm
Swim @ MSAC 5:45am

LC Ride @ Elwood 6:30am
SC Race Recon @ St Kilda 7am
TTT @ St Kilda 9:30am
Open Water Swim @ Elwood 7am* 
Long Run @ Elwood 8am*

*uncoached due to 2XU event commitments
Head to the link below to read more.

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