TriathlonOz Newsletter - Issue 13

18th April, 2012. Prize Winner Announced; How to Survive the Taper; Sports Nutrition Sale; Temporary tattoos; & Mothers Day gift ideas for sporty mums!

Edition 13: 18th April 2012

Hi TriathlonOz Reader, here's the news from you've been waiting for:

"Workout Training Guides Gift Pack" has been won by...

Katie Spencer from Mandurah East, WA!! Congratulations.

Katie has won the perfect prize pack for a triathlete, containing 5 essential items we've hand-selected from our shop to help improve all your triathlon skills - in the water, on the bike, and on the run. With 4 workout guide books each targetting a specific discipline, you've got the perfect DIY training program to help you reach your potential.

We've also thrown in a 12 month Membership, which means access to the Members Discounts on all products in our shop, plus a personalised profile page on to create blogs, and numerous enhanced site usage features such as adding video clips or even Garmin activity log files to either the Forum, or Blogs, plus the use of the TriathlonOz Classifeds to place FREE display ads (saving @$20). Total prize value $225.

Katie - please contact us to claim your prize!


Planning the Taper

We know that a significant proportion of our registered site users have a 70.3 event or even a full distance Ironman just over the horizon. Whether it's the 70.3 in Busselton on 5th May, Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie on 6th May, the Cairns Half or Challenge Cairns Ironman on 3rd June, or the Capricorn 70.3 on 19th June, you'll soon be planning your taper to race day.

The following is an excerpt taken from our article Periodisation - the basics, which outlines how to approach your taper...

"A typical periodization model involves increasing the volume and intensity of your training sessions slowly over the weeks of your program, reaching a peak that is held for a few weeks before rapidly tapering off to similar levels as where you started. The longest/hardest ssessions are completed up to two weeks before the race. The last two weeks before a race sees training sessions reduce in volume, to facilitate recovery and be at your peak for the race. The length and type of taper will depend on the duration of the event. Typically, you need to taper off longer if the event is longer."

Take our poll on the homepage to cast a vote for the length of taper you most prefer.

How to Survive the Taper

For some people, the challenge is "trusting" the taper. The mind is used to a much higher volume of training and the trick is to avoid the temptation to overdo it, or feeling guilty that you've not done enough. But you must taper if you wish to see your best performance on race day. Now is the time to keep your mind busy. Now is the time to clean and check all your equipment, make a race-day nutrition plan, write your mantras, and visualise yourself doing the race.

Here is a selection of books from our shop that you might find useful during the taper, plus a DVD on building confidence:


You can also download our Race Day checklist to ensure you don't forget to pack the essential stuff!
And, why not read our Race Day Tactics article to help plan your best race ever!

Sports Nutrition SALE

At we sell only Dextro Energy Sports Nutrition & Shotz Sports Nutrition products.

All products in the range are currently greatly reduced so grab a bargain now.

Performance Sunglasses for Athletes

Sunwise is a leading innovator in sports performance sunglasses and is now available in Australia. is proud to be the authorised stockist in Australia of Sunwise. These are high quality, lightweight, effective and stylish for athletes who want performance eyewear at affordable prices. Styles and colours vary and prices range from just $34 - $50. You can't beat that - but these introductory prices won't last. See the full range of Sunwise here.

Get TriathlonOz temporary tattoos for race day

If you'd like to wear some temporary tattoos of the TriathlonOz logo on race day on your arms, legs, face, etc then we're happy to send them to you free.

Just send us an email with your details and we'll mail some out to you right away.

We also have small stickers to fit on your bike frame, car window, helmet, drink bottles, etc.

Be comfortable and look great on Race Day

TriathlonOz trisuits are available in all sizes and both men's and women's styles. All in stock now, and ready for your big race day.

Don't Forget Mothers Day

Amongst all the hype of your upcoming big race, don't forget that Mother's Day is coming up too. Sunday May 13th is Mother's Day in Australia so if you know an active mum, then why not look through our online shop for women's specific training guides, trisuits, quality running socks, sunglasses, or practical toiletries that you know she'll appreciate.

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