The Tuff'n'up Tri Squad athletes are all ages, with varying levels of experience and differing expectations. Click on the tabs to read what some of the Tuff'n'up Tri Squad crew have to say - their goals, personal experiences and race results on training wth Mick Bray.

My name is Ben Bray and Mick is the person that got me into swimming and triathlon from the age of about 5. His dedication to everything he does is what has made me into the athlete I am today. I have swam under Mick since the age of 5 and in that time I have succeeded with a silver medal at nationals and some top finishes in Olympic distance and sprint distance triathlons. I also got my first half ironman finish under him. A solo finish to Rotto at the age of 13 shows just how well he coached me. All I can say is what a legend of coaching, without this man I wouldn't have done anything near this capacity. So thankyou Mick ever so much for your dedication and for making me who I am today.

I am currently in training to complete my 4th Ironman W.A. and this is the first time that I have chosen to complete my preparation under the guidance of a personal coach. Mick has an in depth understanding of and a great level of expertise in all three triathlon disciplines both as a professional coach and a competitor. He acknowledges that each athlete has their own strengths and weaknesses and tailors each training session to meet individual needs. Mick has boundless energy and enthusiasm whether he is coaching elite athletes vying for glory at an international level or health conscious individuals who just like to stay fit, compete and finish an Ironman (as I do). While he does not expect the same out of each athlete he will push and work hard to get the best out of each person. Tuff'N'Up Tri Squad led by Mick Bray is inspiring and motivating and he will help you achieve your full potential.

My name is Hailey and I started swimming when I was 11 years old. When I first joined swimming club I was a little unsure if I wanted to swim and if it was a sport I really wanted to do. But thanks to Mick's Hard working attitude, that never lets you give up and passion for swimming, I found out how much I actually love swimming and how much it's a part of me. I still swim with Mick and I am now 20 years old.

Mike coached me for 4 years of my swimming career. He was always a dedicated coach who showed up early to every swimming session whether it was rain, sunshine or otherwise. He always provided new sets for us to do, he knew when to change modes from serious to fun coach. He always had a great sense of balance between letting us enjoy the sport and work hard at the same time. Most importantly I feel as well as developing our skills and strength in the water, he knew how to create a tight knit community that every swimmer of the club could feel a part of, and that was a vital part of maintaining my interest in the sport throughout the stressful times of year 11 and 12 of high school.

Having trained with Tuff'n'up Tri Squad for 3 seasons, I've completed multiple sprint distance triathlons, 3 Ironman 70.3 and am now training for my first Ironman. Not only does Mick write awesome programs, he's one of the most positive and mentally strong dudes I've met!

I thought I knew how to train properly but since joining Mick's squad 18 months ago my Ironman times have dropped 1 hour 24 minutes and Half Ironman times by 20 minutes. Mick's emphasis is getting the job done but with having a laugh along the way. He is a great coach and has an awesome crew to train with.

' Pain is just weakness leaving your body.'  These words have endeared me to the coaching style of Michael Bray.  Never one to give you the easy option, Mick makes sure you have every opportunity to perform at your optimum levels. if that is what you're seeking from your effort.

Personally, Mick has helped me achieve many long distance 20km swim efforts. His training programs have rekindled my passion for the sport of swimming, and have helped me achieve solidly in internationally recognized swims, such as the Rottnest Channel Swim.

Mick has competed in many Ironman events throughout his career, and has an intimate knowledge on Race day, and the training necessary to make it to the starting line in the first place.

If you are still in the early stages of your training development, Mick has an absolute understanding of the technical side of swimming. Stroke correction is of the upmost, and any inefficiencies within your technique will be analyzed and corrected. This is most important.

Away from being a hard barstard at the pool, Mick is actually an alright bloke. He has a healthy coffee addiction due to the fact that he doesn't mind a chat, so don't be afraid to shoot the breeze with him over a cuppa.

My name is Steve Anstee --I've been coached by Mick for the last few years.  I started off as a sprint triathlete and now I am an Ironman.  With Mick's guidance and support, I have had many great results in short and long coarse triathlon, including qualifing for Hawaii Ironman world champs 2011.  Without him this would have been very difficult, so I thank him immensely for his dedication and support that he has given me, even when I'm tired and grumpy.

The Coach goes to Kona

By Steve Crenfeldt

mick-newsCoach Mick Bray races in Kona in 2013 There are many names for the man who runs the Tuff'n'Up Triathlon Squad, but most of the athletes he coaches call him a bunch of "other" names at various parts of the season. Michael Bray's foray into the sport of Triathlon began with a wake-up call in 2004 after he had a heart attack at the age of 38.

Michael was already quite fit, having been involved with the Busselton Swimming Club for a number of years and rode regularly with the Busselton Cycle Club. But obviously he wasn't doing enough! It was through the local cycling club that saw his fitness improve beyond his expectations but the arrival of Ironman Western Australia in 2004 was when a seed was planted that would take a couple more years to take hold.

Welcome Bridget

How to turn a frog into a triathlete
Welcome Bridget

I arrived 2 years ago in Busselton straight from Paris . I discovered a nice community and inside this one, a fabulous sportive community. I met Mick though a network of friends who knew his coaching talent and so I started with him with swimming lessons. At the beginning I swam like any Parisian people like a ... Stove!

Irontime

By Dan Talbot

At 6.00 am on Sunday December 9, 1200 people will begin an extraordinary event which, for most, will be the culmination of an exhaustive regime of physical training that has taken up a major portion of their life for the past year - the Ironman Triathlon, an event based on absurdity which starts with a 3.8 km swim, followed by 180 km cycle and finished with a 42 kilometre marathon run.

Triathlon Training Camp

Michael's Mystical Tour of Training
by Dan Talbot

So, here we are, on our way to Perth and I'm sitting in the car wondering if I'm tough enough for the Tuff'n Up training squad's winter camp. The 50 metre pool at Trinity College awaits our eager group of men and women, all seeking Ironman glory in December, and, in a couple of cases, world domination in Hawaii in October.

Busselton Athletes Shine

By Dan Talbot

Busselton triathletes Chloe Lane 21 and Steven Anstee 29 both made successful debuts at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii on Saturday.

Tri Club Membership

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
Registration is online. CLICK to go to TWA website membership information page.  Further info is available by using the  Membership menu options.

You should specify Busselton as your Club and select your membership category. Once you are a member you will receive a Triahthlon Australia membership card nominated with Busselton club membership.

Training & Fitness Resources

Links to helpful resources

The following links may be of interest; they cover many different aspects of fitness and training from hydration and diet to bike fit and maintenance.  The links may be to individual articles, or to a library/directory of resources where you can plug in a search term and find answers to specific queries.

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