TriathlonOz Newsletter - Issue 17

23rd October 2012. Discover how you can use Athlete tracking, Pace calculator & race time prediction, embed Garmin data with photos & stories, customise your event calendar, list your gear for sale, how to use the Forum and more.

Edition 17: October 2012

Hi TriathlonOz Reader,

TriathlonOz is a unique "information & social network" for the age-group triathlete. But more than that, we're right up to date with the latest technology and have a range of services that you can use to improve your safety when training and help you improve your performance for race day.

Practical ways to use

Athlete Tracking

Athlete Tracking Use our tracking software on your phone to automatically track & display where you are when you're out training (or even racing). Live position feeds are displayed on TriathlonOz (excluding your privacy zone of course).
- allows anxious family members to easily find out where you are on your ride & see your progress live
- helps emergency people find you quickly in the event of an accident
- your tracking file can be saved and stored/shared as a route file
To see this in action, just keep an eye on the TriathlonOz home page. David & Michelle regularly activate their tracking on training rides, which will pop up here. You can also glance through David's saved tracking files - open his Member Profile page here and click on the MyActivities tab. Tracking is so easy to use. It's great peace of mind and doesn't require any other gadgets once you've registered and installed the app. SeeTracking.

Pace Calculator & Race Time Predictor

Pace Calculator You'll use this handy tool all the time once you've given it a try! It's found on the "Tools" tab on the site menu and is pretty self-explanatory. Reported by reviewers as "the best on the net", its simple to use so take a look. To use this calculator, enter data into any 2 of the 3 given fields - Distance, Time or Pace. Then just click Calculate/Convert and all remaining blanks fields will be auto-calculated providing you with valuable data analysis.  Ideal for goal setting and marathon planning. See Pace Calculator here.

Embed Garmin data with your photos & stories

Blogs They say a picture says a thousand words but to athletes a map with data off your Garmin means so much more! On you can write a Blog and add photos but what's more, you can also click the Add Activity Log button to hunt for your Garmin (or saved file) and this will upload a Garmin file (either already stored or directly off your computer or even directly off your Garmin unit). It also accepts any GPX , or PLT file.

If you've done a multisport event such as a triathlon, all legs of the event can be displayed on the one page, making your race report, or training session write-up more engaging for your readers. Take a look at David's blog from the 2012 Busselton 70.3 to see what's possible.

Customise the Event Calendar

In our Events section, you can find over 570 events covering triathlons, duathlons, aquathlons, multi-sport events & adventure races and of course, single-sport events such as marathons, fun runs, a huge range of cycling events including track, MTB, and time trials.

To help you make the best use of this calendar, we offer a few different options:

Look for the "Print Wall Chart' button to create your own calendar based on personal preferences and a selected date range. This creates a pdf you can keep on your computer or phone for easy reference and goal setting, or print it out to make your own Wall Chart to pin up at home.

EventsTo find inspiring events coming up, you can browse the calendar by selecting a state and looking through all types of events, or refining the list further by selecting the type of event (eg. triathlon, or adventure racing), within the state you chose.

EventsThe fastest way to find events, is to enter a keyword into the search, eg. "marathon", or "70.3" to get a list of all events containing that word.

Because new events are constantly being loaded, you might like to subscribe to an RSS feed. Each State, and each Event Type offers two types of RSS feeds. The orange icons is the Upcoming Events feed - it contains a list of what's on in the next 2 months. The red icon is the Event Alerts feed & this actually triggers reminders when new events are added, warns you the day before registration opens, and closes, and on event day.

Once you've made the decision which event(s) you wish to do, just download it to instantly add all the details, dates, times & links into your own calendar. Too easy!

Each event page, also offers you the chance to discuss the upcoming event with others. Just click the Discussion button to get started. After event day, don't forget to come back and add your photos & comments too.

List your Gear for Sale

Let's be honest, we all have stuff we should turf out. Did you know how simple it is to put up a for sale (or wanted) ad in our dedicated triathlon marketplace? There's a range of prices starting at $0 for text ads, $19.95 for a Display ad with 1 photo that can run until you sell it (or up to 4 months), and $29.95 for a Premium ad with up to 7 photos (or up to 6 months). We also offer Dealer Ads for business operators. The TriathlonOz Classifieds reaches audiences right across Australia. The start of the tri-season is here and your pre-loved gear could help someone getting started in the sport. Come and list your bikes, wheels, shoes, weights, accessories, wetsuits, wind-trainers, swimming gadgets, bike computers, etc!

Ask Questions, give opinions, tell a story...

People everywhere rely on quality industry Forums to get informed answers on a specific topic. There are many advantages on using a Forum over social media. On TriathlonOz, everyone is passionate about sport, health & fitness and unlike Facebook, there is no "cultural" standards to adhere to.

So, if you want to get input from people outside your circle of acquaintances, and its anything to do with health, fitness, nutrition, races, training, equipment, injuries, programs, motivation and the whole plethora of issues that comes with triathlon and multi-sport racing, then come over to our Forum and post your question. People can stay anonymous, and you don't have to join a group. In fact, on our Forum it's not just questions - you can post opinions & stories too!

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We stock over 300 items including sports sunglasses, trisuits, running socks, Triclips, Shotz & Dextro sports nutrition, plus a wide range of books written by the world's best coaches and athletes. Prices on these items are very competitive - and you can take an extra 5-10% off by being a Member. See it all in our online Shop.

We also stock a vast array of outdoor gear for hikers, backpackers, & kayakers featuring quality products from Australian company Sea to Summit, plus nifty toiletries & convenience items for sporty people on the go.

Buy from the TriathlonOz online shop and support a small Australian business that was founded to support age-group triathletes like you. We'd really appreciate it, thanks.

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