Eltham TRI Club
Established over 20 years ago with a focus on Open Water Swimming, Eltham TRI Club now caters to athletes of all abilities accross all combinations of Swimming, Cycling and Running
Triathlons and so much more…
A triathlon is a multi-sport race consisting of swimming, cycling and running over various distances ranging from ‘Sprints’ (Swim – 750m/ Ride – 20km/ Run – 5km) through to the ‘Ironman’ (Swim – 3800m/ Ride – 180km/ Run – 42km). But the sport also includes Duathlon (Run/ Bike/ Run) and Aquathon (Run/ Swim/ Run).
Eltham TRI Club members participate in all categories of multi-discipline events but some just want to focus on one of the disciplines and that’s OK too.
Yes, we have to do most of our training in the pool and there’s no getting away from the fact that swimming is about technique, and improving your technique will almost certainly involve ‘Swimming Drills’, not just lap sessions.
But it doesn’t have to end there. What about trying some Open Water Swimming? There are events throughout the year from October through to July and you will find Eltham TRI Club members at many of them. More information at openwaterswim.com.au.
We live in a great part of the country for riding with some fantastic routes out through Diamond Creek and into the Yarra Ranges. Want some hills, try Kinglake. Some fast and flat sections, over to Yan Yean and Whittlesea. Or just want to ride through beautiful countryside without too much traffic, our go-to is Strathewan.
We’ve been doing it since we were toddlers and so ‘running’ seems like it should just be simple, so all too often we opt for just ‘trying harder’ rather than learning to run better. Good ‘running form’ matters and tailoring your training for your specific goals with a mix of speed work and endurance sessions will greatly improve your outcomes.
It’s possible to do this on your own but it’s much easier, and way more fun, to do it with friends. Eltham TRI Club members hold scheduled weekly training sessions and compete in a wide range of events. Trail running is increasingly popular amongst the members (have a look at The Trail Running Series) but the Melbourne Marathon is still a regular fixture on many of the racing diaries.
Club Training Sessions
Planned and Informal
These are our regular club training sessions – but if anything changes it will be posted in the clubs ‘Heja’ messaging account so always check there for the latest details.
Also, reflecting the wide variety of interests and abilities, informal groups of members organise additional sessions. Again, these are usually co-ordinated via the club’s ‘Heja’ messaging account.
The Heja account is a free service for club members.
Casual Swim Squad, 6am at Eltham Leisure Centre
Coached Track Running Session, 5:30am at Willinda Park, Greensborough
Coached Swim Session, 8pm at Eltham Leisure Centre. (This is operated as an Eltham Leisure Centre class, free to members of the Centre but chargeable to non-members. Contact ELC for pricing).
Social Run, 7pm at the car-park next to Lacrosse Club, Eltham Lower Park
Social Ride, 7am from Eltham Leisure Centre
Eltham Tri Club is a friendly and family based club that accommodates all fitness levels from Novices to Elite level athletes.
We operate as an ‘incorporated association’ and as such are not for profit with all revenue going to support the operation of the club and its members.
The club is run by it’s members on a volunteer basis. We’re here because we value the companionship of training and racing with like minded athletes who, unlike your other friends, are keen to chat about training schedules, bike setup and race-day prep.
We are affiliated with Triathlon Australia and our membership is managed through their JustGo portal.
There are various ‘levels’ of membership ranging from ‘Social’ for members who aren’t currently training or racing through to ‘Premium’ for those who want to go all in. Most members are either Basic or, if racing regularly, Standard.
Club membership is just $65 per year plus the relevant Triathlon Australia fee.
When you are ready to join, just click the button below. It will take you to the Triathlon Australia JustGo portal. Click ‘Select Club’ and choose “Eltham Tri Club” when prompted.