Training news from Tri Nation.
Byron Bay Triathlon
Byron Bay put on another great weekend with many of the Tri Nation team making a weekend of it. One of our biggest celebrations was watching our latest beginner course graduates finish their first triathlon. Competing in the Tempta Tri we had Alex Munoz, Fabrice Turpin, Lakis Zeniou, Brooke Brown, Heidi Walker, Renee Williams and Caitriona Murray. With many smiles all round and medals to boot it was a great way to finish off the six weeks.
On the podium we had Sue Meehan, Stella Foley and Paul Dodd all winning their age groups with Paul 2nd overall in the Olympic Distance. Both Sue and Stella had fantastic races to give them a confidence boost heading into Cairns Ironman in less than 4 weeks.
Congratulations also to Geoff Miller for his first podium and first place in the Sprint event and Catherine Sharpe winning her age group in the Sprint.
Many Tri Nation members were following long time member Tim Franklin as he competed at Ultraman Australia in the weekend. An Ultraman is a 3 day event consisting of a 10km swim, 421km of cycling and an 84km run. Tim set a new course record of 2 hours 35 minutes for the swim on day 1, was placed 2nd after the conclusion of the cycling on day 2 and finished up 2nd overall with a 7 hour 24 minutes double marathon.
Congratulations Tim, an outstanding effort and just reward for the many hours of training you have put in this year.
With four weeks to go the Cairns team are now in their hardest week of their campaign. This weekend is their last big brick session with a swim, bike and run at Suttons Beach in Redcliffe.
Post Cairns the training will ease back a bit as our focus turns more towards maintaining our fitness over winter, taking time out to work on your weakness or just to enjoy staying fit and healthy.
With Cairns the last long course race for a while the weekend sessions will change to alternate fortnights of group rides and brick sessions at Healthstream. The next group ride is the weekend before Cairns on the 4th of June.
With numbers reducing overall in the pool as people start swimming less often the only change to the winter timetable will be the Wednesday evening swim will take a break from the 1st June. This is only a short term break over winter and the session will be back in August/September.
End of Season Party
This year our End of Season party will be held at the Regatta Hotel on Saturday 18th June. The evening will include a 2 course dinner, drinks, awards, prizes and celebrations and we would love for your partners to join you for the evening.
Tickets are $90 including drinks and $60 for dinner and non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets can be paid for via direct deposit into account:
BSB 014 696
Account 2114 76308
The Scody shop is open until 5pm today for running t-shirts and singlets. All Triathlon Queensland members will have received a $25 voucher from Scody which you can use in the online store.
We’ll open the shop again in early August for kit orders for the new season.
We also have the following kit and sizes currently in stock:
Hoodie – Medium only – $30
Visors – $25
Trucker Caps – $20
Swim Caps – $5
Triathlon Jersey – Med/Large – $100 Triathlon Knicks – Large only – $100 Tri Suit One Piece – Med/Large -$170
Cycling Jersey Race Fit – Large – $125
Cycling Bib and Brace – Large only – $125
Ladies: Tri Suit One Piece – Sizes 8 – $170
Tri Suit Lamina One Piece – Sizes 8 and 10 – $190
Cycling Jersey Relaxed Fit – Size 10 – $110
Cycling Bib and Brace – Size 10 – $125
Noosa Training Camp
The Noosa Triathlon training camp is booked in for the weekend of the 10th and 11th of September. The camp will start in Brisbane on the Friday morning and finish in Noosa at lunchtime on the Sunday.
Lock the date into your diary now. Full details will be released in June/July.
New Member Profile
Each month we will profile one of our new members to introduce them to the squad. This month is Hailey Cutts. Hailey moved from the Gold Coast at the end of last year and is currently training towards the Noosa Triathlon.
Hailey often attends the windtrainer and run sessions as well as the Wednesday night swim.
Keep your eye out for her at training. We’re sure she would love a friendly hello!
Beginner Tri Tip
What races are suitable for beginners?
The Queensland Tri Series is one of the best triathlon series in Australia and have distances suitable for everyone. They have just released their dates for the new season starting at Raby Bay on the 25th of September.
Check out their full event calendar online at www.qldtriseries.com.au
Upcoming races until the end of July that Tri Nation will be at are:
- Cairns Ironman & 70.3 – 12th June
- Gold Coast Marathon Festival – 2nd/3rd July
Monthly Prize Draw
Starting this month we will now have a monthly prize draw for all our current training members. The winners for May are:
* $50 Shoes Feet Gear voucher – Garry Notridge
* Massage with Gerrard Gosens – Greg Epps
* Mizuno running shoes – Cassie Matcham
To claim your prize just send us an email and we’ll arrange.
We are now getting towards the end of the season with races becoming less regular over the weekends. In the past month we have seen athletes compete at Mooloolaba Triathlon, Kingscliff Triathlon, Gold Coast Luke Harrop Memorial Triathlon and Putrajaya 70.3.
Congratulations to squad members Garry Notridge, Ornaith Hanna and Caren Biddulph who completed their first Olympic Distance Triathlon at Mooloolaba. Both Ornaith and Caren completed our beginners course in October so it was great to see them out there racing.
The girls were leading the results list at Mooloolaba with Jocelyn Hutton and Stella Foley both placing 3rd in the 25-29 and 30-34 categories. Training is going well as both Jocelyn and Stella prepare for long course events Busselton 70.3 and Cairns Ironman respectively.
Gold Coast Triathlon
The Gold Coast Triathlon is becoming one of the must do events on the calendar. It is a great weekend away with the Elite Triathletes racing on the Saturday and many squad members making a weekend of it.
It was great to see new members Brenda Lincez, Megan Lincez and Nicole Murphy complete their first Sprint distance tri at the Gold Coast. All three have been regular faces at training completing their beginner’s course at Raby Bay in February.
Congratulations to Geoff Holt for his 2nd place in the 60-64 category.
We recently had Chris Bailey racing at Putrajaya 70.3. Chris’ goal was to qualify for the Sunshine Coast 70.3 World Champs in September and after missing out on an entry to Cairns and other race dates not working around injury struggles and family commitments this was Chris’ only shot. On race day Putrajaya delivered the hottest conditions that Chris has ever raced in but his 4:34 gave him 3rd place in the 40-44 age group, 7th age grouper overall and a conveted spot to the World Champs.
With two key races left in the season for many athletes in the squad – Byron Bay Triathlon on May 7th and Cairns IM/70.3 on June 12th there will still be a high level of intensity in the sessions before it backs off a bit over winter.
Our new training timetable is working well with the Thursday morning cycling proving to be a popular session and Friday morning running starting to build up.
End of Season Party
This year our End of Season party will be held at the Regatta Hotel on Saturday 18th June. The evening will include dinner, drinks, awards, prizes and celebrations and we would love for your partners to join you for the evening.
Tickets will be available to purchase next month, so just save the date and look forward to a great night out.
New Coach – Kristin Muir
We are excited to announce that long time member Kristin Muir will be joining our coaching team. Kristin has already started helping Brad with the latest beginner’s group on Friday mornings and then will be teaming up with Mark to assist him with on-road cycling and run sessions.
Kristin has a lot to offer the squad with many years coaching hockey as well as having completed 3 Ironman events and multiple other triathlons.
Cairns Training Camp
We have one spot left on our training camp in Noosa over the Anzac Day long weekend. These camps are a great excuse to get away for the weekend and in Noosa we are spoilt for choice with training venues and cycling routes.
Full details of the camp are online on our website. If you are interested in coming along then reply to this email to grab the last spot.
Beginner Triathlon Tip
What swimming fins should I buy?
For beginner swimmers we recommend starting with the long fins. These will provide you with the most forward propulsion whilst lifting your hips higher in the water.
Those that are already capable of swimming 2-3km in the open water comfortably may receive more training benefit from the shorter variety which will help strengthen hamstrings and glutes.
Upcoming races until the end of June that Tri Nation will be at are:
- Byron Bay Triathlon – 7th May
- Cairns Ironman & 70.3 – 12th June