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Meet Alamo 180: Triathlon Group Training

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Come and meet Alamo 180!

Want to learn more about our triathlon group? This is a great opportunity to learn about the benefits of group training, the sport of triathlon, and how to get involved!

The folks at Bicycle Heaven will talk about bike fitting and the difference between road bikes and time trial bikes.

Date: Saturday, February 2nd 

Schedule of Events:

  • 4:00 – 4:45 PM: Alamo 180 program discussion
  • 4:45 – 5:15 PM: Bike discussion
  • 5:15 – 6:00 PM: Alamo 180 program discussion

We would love to meet you! Hope to see you!

You can RSVP your attendance and get the updates by clicking HERE 

Monica’s Mile: Pledge Your Donation

Monica’s Mile is a swim fundraising event on Sunday, January 6 at the Blossom Athletic Center to help raise funds for Monica Caban. 

Monica is a local athlete that was struck by a car during a training ride. She is now a paraplegic and future recovery is uncertain. The money collected from this event will assist Monica Caban in meeting financial needs to modify her home, as well as help with medical expenses. Click here for more information about this event.

Alamo 180 triathletes will be swimming at the 8:00 and 9:15 swim spots. You can show your love and support of Monica Caban by making a donation. You can make your donation through Alamo 180 and we will bring the money to the event.

To make your donation of any amount, please click on the button below. Enter in the amount you wish to give. Thank you in advance!

Starting Line Series

Alamo 180 has a new program offering, The Starting Line series. It is an educational clinic for beginner triathletes with no prior experience in triathlon.

The Starting Line series will cover the fundamentals of triathlon, allowing group workouts to cover more advanced concepts of the sport.

The benefit of the Starting Line series is that it allows the beginner triathlete to learn and develop the basics in a non-intimidating environment. Group training can be intimidating if one is not ready. We recommend the beginner triathlete take as many clinics as necessary until they feel confident and ready to move on to group training.

Ready to start the new year in the sport of triathlon? Check out our Starting Line clinics! Learn more!

Post-Run Fun

Our 2012 San Antonio Rock’n’Roll training program is in it’s final weeks. This Saturday marked the longest mileage of the program with our half marathoners going 13.7 miles and our full marathoners going 24 miles. Everyone finished feeling strong and confident! For most, this was their longest distance to date. Congrats to all that finished today! What an accomplishment!

A few of our strong runners post workout!

Triathlon Group Myth Busters

Let’s bust some myths about joining our triathlon training group!

MYTH #1: I am not in shape.

You do not have to be in fantastic shape to join our triathlon training group. You don’t have to be in any shape. You can join in “Couch Potato” shape!!! We offer a level 1 training option for those with no triathlon experience. We have created a separate training program just for you!!! If you desire to be fit in the sport of triathlon, don’t attempt it alone. Do it with a group that will support and encourage you every step of the way!

MYTH #2: I cannot swim.

Can’t swim? We can teach you! At some point, all of us couldn’t swim. We all needed to be taught. Did you know that most people who join our triathlon training group can’t swim? It’s true!! Let Alamo 180 be your swim instructor! We will teach you how to successfully swim freestyle! We have taught many athletes how to swim and they are loving it! Be patient, come to swim workouts regularly and YOU WILL LEARN! We promise!

Want to learn faster? Want to learn in a private setting? We offer private swim sessions at $30/30 minutes. Athletes that participate in private sessions learn how to swim in a shorter period of time.

MYTH #3: I don’t have a bike.

No worries! Borrow one. You don’t need a fancy, high dollar bike to join us. Many have borrowed bikes or used a mountain bike or cruiser. Use what you have in the beginning. If you like the sport and want to continue, then spend the money on a bike. Purchase a new bike when you know you’re in it for the long haul (nothing like spending lots of money on a new bike only to learn in two weeks you don’t like the sport).

MYTH #4: The group is only for fit people.

The group is open to everyone, not just fit people. And the term “fit” is relative. What one person deems as fit, someone else may think otherwise. The sport of triathlon is for everyone. Participation in our group is for everyone! We are all unique in our own way – we all are different in height, shape and size and that is what makes it fun. Variety is fun.

And most triathletes aren’t the 0% body fat, skinny, muscular type that we see at the Olympics. Triathletes are everyday people making positive changes in their life. People living the active lifestlye and loving it! Athletes rocking the body that God gave them!

MYTH #5: I don’t want to wear spandex.

You may laugh, but it’s true. Some people are deathly afraid of wearing spandex. It’s okay, you don’t have to wear spandex to join our triathlon group! (Keep in mind, the spandex we have today is not the kind from back in the 80’s. We have made huge advancements in spandex technology!) You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable at workouts. Many athletes want to wear spandex on the bike because of the padding in the crotch area – makes sitting on the bike a bit more comfortable. You can also participate in triathlon events with a lose top and shorts. Spandex is not a requirement, just a choice.

MYTH #6: I can’t do an Ironman Triathlon

The Ironman is the penultimate distance in triathlon. There are many triathlon distances for people of every ability and fitness level – from Super Sprint, Olympic, Half Iron (70.3) and Full Iron (140.6). The Ironman isn’t the only distance offered in the sport of triathlon, but it is the most advertised and televised race distance.

Feedback Wanted

We are always looking for ways to expand and grow our training services. Alamo 180, only a year old,  has grown beyond our wildest dreams! We love what we do and we love the people we train.

We have many goals to accomplish in the next 3-5 years. One of them is to add morning Boot Camp and Triathlon training sessions. Currently, we only offer evening training. Our evening session are widely popular, however, we want to offer more training options. How many of you would be interested in joining our Boot Camp or Triathlon Team if we offered morning sessions? Morning session would begin no later than 6AM.

Please let us know! Leave us a comment and share your thoughts. Your feedback helps us! Thanks in advance!

ROCK the MOCK Tri 6.24.12

ROCK the MOCK Tri is a practice triathlon put on by Alamo 180. It was designed as an opportunity to complete  a triathlon in a non-competitive, fun environment. It’s great for first-timers. For those veteran triathletes, its a great way to practice pacing and nutrition, and try out longer distances, such as the Olympic.  The event is well supported with kayak for the swim, sag vehicle for the bike and run. We added a transition area and unofficial timing at this event to make it even better! Post event, participants enjoyed chocolate milk, fruit, and burgers! Thanks to those that joined us! We had a lot of fun!

Great job to all that participated in June’s ROCK the MOCK Tri on 6/24/12.


Results are in! Click here for ROCK the MOCK results

The next one will be Sunday, August 12th. Mark your calendars!

Register now!

TriPearl Team Race

Alamo 180 Team Race: TriPearl


Congrats to Alamo 180 triathletes Lexa Rijos, Jamie Roadman, Bud Winn, Will Gonzaba, Suzy Casas, Tony Rodriguez, Manny Longoria, Diana Estrada, Rob Scott, Noah Alamanza, Miriam Medina, Crystal Tomlinson, Maria Ortega, Joseph Ortega, Al Alvarez, Marc Toppel for participating in the 2nd annual TriPearl triathlon in San Antonio, Tx.

Special Shout-Outs:

Crystal Tomlinson did her longest triathlon distance to date and finished strong with a huge smile on her face. Tony Rodriguez improved his time from last year’s TriPearl by 14 minutes!!! Joseph Ortega improved on his performance from last year by 2 minutes in the water! Lexa Rijos got 2nd in her age group in the sprint distance. Marc Toppel won his age group in the super sprint distance. Will Gonzaba won his age group. Amy Buben got third in her age group.


Sinking from swimming?

The most common complaint we get from swimming, especially from beginner triathletes, is being tired and out of breath. Most cannot swim more than a lap without having to stop and rest. Frustrating? Yes! Doomed? No!

Swimming is a hard sport. It takes time and patience to develop an efficient stroke. Also, it takes time to develop endurance. Next time you find yourself tired and out of breath, spending more time at the wall than swimming, go through this “trouble shooting checklist” and see if you can find the culprit to your woes.

1. Form

Proper form allows you to work with the water, not against it. You want your body to be level on the water’s surface. Too many athletes swim with their chest and head up and their  hips and legs down. This causes the body to act like a seesaw in the water. When you raise your head, the legs sink. Focus on keeping the head and chest down, and your chin slightly tucked – this keeps the legs from sinking, allowing you to swim completely on top of the water.

Along with form, don’t rely solely on your kick to propel you forward. Many beginner swimmers think the forward propulsion comes from the kick, and the faster the kick, the faster the freestyle. Not true. Soon your legs will tire and your freestyle will fall apart. Much of the forward propulsion comes from your arms. A strong underwater pull propels you forward and your kick is there to help out. In the sport of triathlon, you want to use your arms more than your legs when it comes to swimming. This saves your legs for the bike and run.

2. Speed

It’s not a race to get to the other end of the pool.  Also, swimming fast is not going to keep you afloat. It’s about form and cadence. Imagine this – You are stranded out in the ocean and your only hope for survival is to swim one mile to the shore. Are you going to swim fast or slow and steady? You won’t last long going fast, but you will cover more distance and save energy by swimming slowly. Same is true in the pool. If you want to last more than 25 yards and finish your workout, slow your pace down. Speed will come with time. It has to be easy first before you can be fast.

3. Lack of Proper Warm Up

This happens three ways: One, you jump in the water and start swimming. You feel good, so you swim fast, hoping it will last the entire workout. Two, the water is cold and you swim fast to warm your body quicker. Or three, you only have time for a short swim, so you decide to shorten the warm up, or skip it altogether, and head straight to the main set. All three can tire your body and ruin your workout.

Liken it to this: You plan to go out for a 30 minute run. Would you start the first 10 minutes running fast? No, you would run slow and wait for your body to warm up. Same applies to swimming. Don’t skimp on the warm up. Be patient and swim a few laps slowly focusing on form and cadence.

4. Breathing

Too often, swimmers purposely refrain from breathing to try and keep their form. Swimming while not taking frequent breaths means less oxygen to your muscles, and in minutes you will tire and your form will fall apart. Slow down your speed, focus on form and breathe as needed. Additionally, make sure you breathe bilaterally – both sides. Too many favor one side only, and this can negatively affect your form.

We specialize in swim instruction, so if you wish to improve your form and efficiency in the water, contact us for a private swim session.