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I’m sure that got your attention, but I mean this metaphorically, of course.

As some of you may know, I recently held a seminar at ETPA – “The Effect of Female Hormones on Sports Performance” discussing this crucial, but often neglected area for females in sport. My knowledge and interest in this area has enabled me to personally maintain a long successful experience in endurance sport, and professionally help other high performance athletes in what is often the missing link in their sports performance.

And it makes sense that it’s not mentioned, considering that most sports research has been performed on males, most coaches are male, and most ground level experience has been on male athletes, let alone how many of us feel comfortable talking about our period to our coaches, and vice-versa? Hence the title of this post.

With female participation in sport on the rise, we are seeing the fall-out of training females the same as males. A media-worthy example of this is in women’s AFL, which saw 6 ACL ruptures in the first 4 weeks of the 2017 8-week season.

Last week I attended a guest lecture at La Trobe University “Women’s Health in Sport” held by Dr. Georgie Bruinvels. Herself an accomplished athlete, she’s heading some great research in this area for elite sports performance company Orreco, which boasts elite and professional clients in all sports disciplines. While my mission is described in the title of this article, Georgie’s is to “Make the unmentionable (menstruation) mentionable”. It’s great to see that this concept is finally being addressed at the top level.

It provided a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded people in health and sport, but what was clear was that more research needs to be done in order to provide solid, evidenced-based recommendations for female athletes, and their coaches, which is an area I am certainly interested in pursuing.

What does this all mean for us female triathletes?

With our often high training volumes, fit in around already busy lives, periodising training to our menstrual cycles is crucial, otherwise we risk injury, stress fractures, under-performance and burnout, amongst others.

And we all personally know examples of these.

If you’ve experienced fluctuations in training and performance, or seem to be recurrently tired, sore, sick or injured, it maybe due to the hormones of your menstrual cycle.

My upcoming post “Get on Track” explains how to start to piece together this puzzle.

Dr. Carolyn Bosak (Tonelli) – AKA ‘Crazy Doc’ balances (at least tries to) being a GP, wife, mother and triathlete

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ETPA announces ‘Become an Ironman’ Promotion

Chase your dreams become an Ironman!

ETPA is launching a new training program designed to get athletes ready for half and full distance Ironman races.

ETPA has developed an international program structure with the advent of a US based program.  ETPA is proud to boast over 150 first time Ironman finishes and 600 Ironman finishes.  We have produced Australian Champions, Asian Champions and World Champions.

If you are looking to complete and Ironman race, wanting to return to training or looking to get started for 2018/19 season contact us for more information.

Contact Mat: 0414 303 464 or

ETPA Juniors at the forefront of School Sport Victoria selections

Elite Triathlon Performance Australian is proud to announce that four of our junior athletes have been selected for the School Sport Victoria Triathlon team.  Kodey Hodgson, Ash Tonelli, Ben McShanag and Declan Dooley will all compete at the Australian Open Schools Triathlon and Australian Schools Triathlon Festival as well as the SSA Triathlon Championships in Sydney later this year.

Kodey Hodgson:

Kodey Hodgson

Kodey is a developing high performance athlete. Her work ethic in training is of a very high standard and we are seeing this translate into solid race day performances. As per all other juniors, Kodey mixes Triathlon with school, social and family. She does a remarkable job of combining all facets of her life in a sustainable way. Keep an eye out for Kodey as she develops into a truly high performance athlete. Her legs are still very new to the sport of triathlon and it is only a matter of time until she is winning events.

Ash Tonelli:

Ash Tonelli

Ash Tonelli comes from a great pedigree in sports performance. Her whole family are high performers and Ash is no different. Without a doubt, the raw talent Ash has will enable her to develop into a great athlete. Ash brings a great energy to our junior group training program and a fierce determination to succeed.

Ben McShanag:

Ben McShanag

Ben is still finding his feet as a triathlete but is always eager to learn and has a lot of fun with his training and racing. With a busy school and social schedule Ben pushed himself early in the qualifying season to accumulate points. This paid off with illness affecting the later part of his season. Enjoy the experience Ben!

Declan Dooley:

Declan Dooley

Declan, the Hockey playing Triathlete, has developed far beyond our expectation in only our first year of coaching him.  He is a surprise packet and is only now really understanding his own potential. This kid is a future star, keep an eye out for him!

This is a great outcome for our program and ETPA couldn’t be prouder of what our athletes are achieving.

The networked approach between coaches, athletes and our supporting partners at Bounce Health Group and Evolution Cycles contributes to the ongoing success of our athletes.

Want to know more about how we can help you achieve your goals? Call us now on 0414303464 and have a chat with Mat.

WSTC Tri, Runaway Bay, Ballarat Tri – Pre Xmas Hitouts!

Great weekend supporting a few local events around the state.

Well done to all those who got out and have a fun, hard hit out pre Christmas!

Bring on the festive season, consistent training and more racing in 2018!
WOW Swim Classic – 10km

Sam Friedman – DNF (illness)

WSTC Sprint Triathlon

Andrew Jordan, 1.16
Jason Sharp, 1.09
Carolyn Heaton Harris, 1.19
Peter Graham, 1.17
Jordan Chapman, 1.09
Kane Southwell, 1.05
Corey Webster / Bethany Lloyd, 1.07 (1st Team)
James Antonio, 1.18
Amanda Wilson, 1.02 – 1st Female
Matt Sullivan, 1.02
Dennis Neal, 1.02
Lee Dorow, 1.24
Austine Parker, 1.05
Simon Anderson, 1.01
Michael Lacorcia, 1.10
Warwick Schmitz, 1.09
Sophie Findlay, 1.16



Xander Schmitz, 30.42 – 2nd!

xander schmitz

Ballarat Tri

Mel Phillips, 1.43
Lucas Bell, 1.19

Runaway bay National junior series

Kodey Hodgson, 1.10
Oscar Dart, 57.49 (79points) – 6th overall

oscar dart

A swimless IM Busso! Plus Safety Beach SSV qualifier!

This weekend had it all… Wild weather in Melbourne meaning it was hard to train and the Saftey Beach Sufferfest became a duathlon. Didn’t phase our juniors though with some great performances.

Over in Bussleton there was a bit of drama.. Shark sightings meaning no swim, bushfires on the ride and oppressive heat for most of the day.

Bittersweet for Des our first timer and a very tough day for the rest of the guys also.


Full results below…

Busso IM (No Swim)

John Dickson, 9.54 – 5th AG
Robert Kostadinovic, 12.32
Bassam Hallak – DNF (Illness)
Des O’Sullivan, 9.26 – First Timer
James Antonio, 12.13
John Shiels, 8.44
Mark Deagan, 9.49
Steve Stroud, 11.54
Simon Anderson, 8.25 – 6th AG

Busso 70.3

Dani Jansse, 4.32 – 4th AG


Sufferfest Safety Beach (Duathlon)

Oscar Dart, 56.21 – 1st Senior SSV
Ted Murphy, 44.22
Kodey Hodgeson, 1.03 – 2nd Senior SSV
Declan Dooley, 41.44
Ash Tonelli, 36.52 – 5th Junior SSV
Ella Walsgott, 50.27
Angus Dart, 48.47
Jack Mitchell, 44.02
Ben Mcshanag, 1.03 – 5th Senior SSV

Yarrawonga Multisport Festival 2017

By all accounts a fantastic weekend of racing for the guys down at Yarrawonga. First race of the season, start of a world championships campaign or a stepping stone to events later in the season – we had athletes that fitted all three of these descriptions.

In any case some great racing – full results below.

The tri season has arrived in Australia. Woohoo!


Yarrawonga OD

Matt Sullivan, 2.12
Joe Michael, 2.30
Miah Franzmann, 2.22 – 2nd AG
Dennis Neal, 2.11
Rueben Kuah, 2.26

Yarrawonga Sprint

David Gunn, 1.15
Wayne Heathcote, 1.26
Mat Tippett, 1.04 – 4th AG
Marc Primrose, 1.19
Jordan Chapman, 1.11
Kodey Hodgson, 1.08 – 5th AG

Yarrawonga SSV Sprint

Oscar Dart, 1.00 – 1st in cat
Declan Dooley, 1.05 – 4th in cat
Ben McShanag, 1.14
Ella Walsgott, 1.19
Kate Sarris, 1.22
Jack Mitchell, 1.14
Angus Dart, 1.17

Yarrawonga SSV Mini

Ash Tonelli, 28.53 – 2nd in Cat
Lucinda Rourke, 27.38 – 1st in Cat

Oceanside and IMSA!

A return to racing for the ETPAmerica , success in South Africa for Mal Joseland and some great local racing!

Challenge Melbourne this weekend in Melbourne!
Oceanside 70.3

Mitchell Reiss, 5.03
Chavon Rosenthal, 5.21 – 9th AG
Darcy McCarty, 5.46
Ben Blizard, 6.32
Camille Gomez, 6.12
Mike Davis, 5.00
Angela Kay, 6.33
Cristen Clark, 5.53
April Abregana – No Time
Christian Talaue, 5.10

Oakland HM

Stephen Banbury – No time

IM South Africa

Mal Joseland, 9.28 – 4th M45-49 – KONA Qualifier


Run the Rock

Carolyn Heaton Harris, 1.02
Jaci Testro, 1.18

Murray to Moyne

Corey Webster


Xander Schmitz, 32.38 – 1st in Dash
Declan Dooley, 43.37 – 1st in Mini
Ted Murphy, 48.16 (mini)


Gatorade Season Finale – EPIC Results Post!

Well that’s a wrap on another domestic short course season here in Melbourne. Well done to the BIG ETPA Racing crew who went about their business over multiple races on Sunday.

Thanks to Bounce Health for their on the day support!


As always there were some stand outs on the day:

- A win for Oscar in the open category
- A first time finisher in Gaby Saunders
- A comeback race for AJ
- Wins for Stefan and JT in the Mini
- Podiums for Miah, John and Ash
- Multiple PBs

pre race

Well done – full results as follows…

Gatorade – St Kilda


Andrew Jordan, 2.44 – Welcome Back mate!
Miah Franzmann, 2.22 – 2nd F50-55
Bassam Hallack, 2.41
David Deakin, 2.18 – PB!
Jamie Edwards, 2.05
Paul Scheffer, 2.29 – PB!
Peter Graham, 2.29
Robert Kostadinovic, 2.27 – PB!
Anthony Eagan – DNF
Carolyn Tonelli, 2.33
Carl Fannon, 2.07 – 6th M40-44
Jess Baker, 3.10 – 3rd Athena
John Shiels, 2.07 – 3rd 35-39
Matt Sullivan, 2.07 – 2nd M20-24
Cam Atchinson, 2.15 – 5th M15-19
Rob Gashi, 2.24
Gaby Saunders, 3.10 – First Timer!



Michael Brennan, 1.38 – 7th Overall
Jacky O’Sullivan, 2.20


Nicole Donegan, 1.50
Beth Colban, 1.28 – 4th F30-34 – PB!
Corey Webster – DNF
Ben Mcshanag, 1.20 – 4th Open
Carolyn Heaton Harris, 1.30 – 5th F30-34
Oscar Dart, 1.10 – 1st Overall
Dani Jansse, 1.28 – 4th F25-29
Melissa Phillips, 1.51
Joe Michaels, 1.25

beth and caz


Ella Walsgott, 53.34
Ash Tonelli, 47.33 – 3rd F12-14
Declan Dooley, 44.23 – 4th M12-14
Angus Dart, 49.13
Nick Frisby – no time
Sam Satchell, 48.33
Stefan Kot, 39.21 – 1st Overall
Jamie Tonelli, 47.03 – 1st F12-14, 3rd Female overall
Ted Murphy – no time


Melbourne to Ballarat Cycling

Dave Ross made a welcome return to racing after a two year hiatus, congrats. Came Moore and Steve Maher, smashed out creditable performances, both inside the top 30 riders…congrats all

27. 144 Cameron MOORE (FCC – Masters)  2h31:54 +3:46
28. 159 Steve MAHER (FCC – Masters)  2h40:25 +4:1
118. 73 David ROSS (FCC – Masters)  2h39:55 +21:17

Active Tri Series Results – Juniors on the charge!

Well done to all those who pulled on the tri suits this weekend.

Some more great results all around!

Active Tri


Carl Fannon, 2.03 – 2nd M40-44
Matt Sullivan, 2.08 – 3rd M20-24


Jamie Tonelli, 1.25 – 7th Junior Female
Stefan Kot, 1.02 – 2nd Junior
Oscar Dart, 1.04 – 1st Youth
Gaius Robertson Christie
Hugh Pentland, 1.13 – 6th Youth
Corey Webster, 1.13 – 4th Junior
Ben Mcshanag, 1.08 – 3rd Junior
Georgina Clarke, 1.16 – 1st Junior Female



Carolyn Heaton Harris, 35.52 1st F30-39
Ashley Tonelli, 36.41 – 4th F12-13
St Kilda Mile – 3.8km Event (shortened to 3.3km)

Bassam Hallack, 52.32 – 3rd M45-49
Robert Kostadinovic, 54.06
Otway Classic

Sam Friedman
Dennis Neal

Summer Racing! Geelong 70.3 2017!

Geelong 70.3 is a testing course. Throw in some good ‘ol Victorian summer weather and you have a tough little race on your hands.

Tough athletes get it done in tough conditions so well done to all finishers on Sunday who stuck it out. It is not always about PBs but doing your best on the day.

Carolyn Tonelli was at it again… The crazy doc won her age group by over 10mins and also claimed her spot to the World Champs in Chattanooga later this year. Well done doc!


Sam Friedman took 10mins off his overall time from Ballarat. Not to mention Chris Chatham’s 60+min PB – fantastic work Chris!

Deaks and Mutch had another little battle going toe to toe with one another right up into the final kilometre… Many more of these to come we think.

battle 2

Well done also to first timer Laura Jones who smiled her way through the wind and rain and also young Cam Atchinson who pulled out a 5.06 on debut.

Team Liz (Liz Blatchford, John Dickson, Mal Joseland) were third mixed team, stopping the clock in 4.37.

Special mention to old school Gary Nicholls on a successful return to racing after a tough two years including major surgery. Well done mate! Super mum Kim Garland and big diesel engine Chris Angwin also smashed out their return to long course racing in fine form. Happy birthday Chris!

 Chris and Laura


Rob Kostadinovic, 5.46
Amanda Thompson, 5.42
Peter Graham, 5.25
Chris Scammell, 4.30 – 6th M35-39
Chris Angwin, 5.42
Laura Jones (first timer), 6.55
Carolyn Tonelli, 5.18 – 1st 45-49 and World Champs Qualifier
Amanda Wilson (Pro) – DNF
Sarah Holmes, 5.30 – 9th F30-34
Gary Nicholls, 5.42 – 5th M60-64
Sam Friedman, 5.27
Michael Lacorcia, 4.57
Andrew Appa, 5.18
David Deakin, 4.57
Kim Garland, 6.04
Bassam Hallack, 5.43
Ben Lyons, 5.08
Chris Chatham, 5.11 – 60+min PB!
Kelly Miller, 5.31 – 7th F35-39
Carl Fannon – DNF (mechanical)
Nathan Hill, 4.32 – 7th M40-44
Ryan Dodson, 5.00
Troy Goodwin, 5.57
Wayne Heathcote, 6.09 – 6th M60-64
Jess Baker – DNF – bike crash
John Shiels, 4.45


#TeamLiz #EtpaRacing (4.37 – 3rd Mixed Team)

Liz Blatchford, 28.38
John Dickson, 2.40
Mal Joseland, 1.24

Team Liz


Cam Atchinson (first timer), 5.06 – 6th M18-24
Shay McLeod, 4.46

Cam atchinson