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Rookies ready to do their FIRST Half Ironman

At Alamo 180, our goal is to help people achieve their fitness dreams!

One of our triathlon programs, Rookie to Race, prepares rookies for their first ever triathlon! For some the goal is to simply finish a sprint triathlon and cross it off the bucket list. For some, their goal is to continue training to one day complete an Olympic distance, Half Ironman, and/or a Full Ironman. Whatever the goal, the results are always incredible!

Check out two of our former Rookie to Race athletes, Gloria and Bobbie, who are gearing up for their FIRST EVER Half Ironman! They picked Ironman 70.3 Waco and are ready to toe the start line this weekend.  They completed the Rookie to Race program in 2017. 

Read their stories as they share about their journey into the world of triathlon. You might relate to some of what they share! Dream it, believe it, achieve it!

 

Bobbie Castaneda

From working wife and mom to becoming a triathlete! 

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If I would have told myself eight years ago that I would race a half Ironman one day, I would have just laughed. No way! That’s not me! I can’t do that! My first ever experience of triathlon was spectating my husband in his first ever sprint. I was 27, overweight, chasing around our two year old while looking in awe as my husband and hundreds of other athletes swam, biked and ran. It was very disheartening to even compare myself to the sport. As a working mom and wife, I rarely had time to do things for myself(that was always my excuse). My weight was out of control and so was my self esteem. To try and give me some encouragement to do something, my husband bought me a road bike. I wasn’t ready, and it sat in the garage for a couple of years. I didn’t have an “ah-ha” moment per say, but somewhere along the line things just clicked. I made myself a priority. I started eating better and strength training. I felt strong and I was beginning to love myself again. Slowly but surely I could feel I was regaining that self confidence I lost so many years ago. I didn’t come into the sport with much of any experience in any of the events. I didn’t know how to swim, I didn’t cycle but knew how to ride a bike, and I “kinda” ran, as in I did an occasional 5k or 10k. The company I work for hired a new addition to our team, Gloria Guerra. She and I became fast friends. She was coming off of running marathons and looking into doing something different. She had mentioned training with a group called Alamo180, and how they had a rookie to race program available. I figured “why not?” I have a buddy to train with and I do have that bike that has been sitting in my garage for the last few years. The summer of 2017 I signed up for the program that trained us for the Dam 09 sprint. It looked like a pretty easy course that started off in a pool, right? Wrong! I was nervous and totally not prepared for what was to come. The swimming was extremely intimidating, but I took the leap anyway. I showed up to the orientation totally clueless. I kept my head out of the water the entire time and was exhausted after those 3 minutes. I had no idea how one is supposed to exhale under water and inhale somewhere in between. Coach Crystal then taught us a few things and I walked out of that first training session hopeful. That’s all I needed to do. Just keep showing up to learn something new and progressively get better. The biking was a bit of a struggle. The thought of clipping to my bike was daunting. I fell. A lot. But the bruises faded and the falling lessened. The rookies I trained with were great, encouraging and fun. It took time, but we were taught how to become efficient swimmers. We devoted a few mornings just on learning bike gears. I had no idea how useful that would be! I always thought running was just running, but we learned a lot about that too!! Things were slowly coming together. I successfully completed my first tri! I was slow but I made it to the finish line. I signed up for the Kerrville Tri sprint just a month after. I needed to know if I could conquer open water. It was scary, but I knew I had the tools needed to be successful. It took me almost 20 minutes to swim those 500m, but I did, and I had another race under my belt as the season came to an end. Transitioning into the triathlon team was intimidating but Coach Bree was so awesome and the rest of the team was so encouraging. I have learned to respect the process and to go at my own pace. I show up! My swimming has improved. Since starting the program I have knocked over a min off my swim pace. I’m not the fastest swimmer out there, but I am faster then the Bobbie who first started. I came out of off season training excited about what 2018 was going to have in store for me. Gloria and I sat down and strategically planned out our season. We were coming out of Monica’s Mile and were super stoked about being able to swim an hour without stopping. I had found my rhythm in the water. It was an exciting feat! That accomplishment is what fueled my desire to sign up for Waco. We decided to start with some sprints, then added a couple of Olympic races and ultimately signed up for Waco 70.3. All we needed to do was stick to the plan. I have consistently trained since joining the team. Now don’t get me wrong, I miss training days. Let’s face it, life has a tendency to get in the way of training. I make the best of it, and I make sure I train more then I miss. I have grown to love this sport and the community that has come along with it. I have made many great friends. They all have taught me something and have inspired me to keep this up. I am both excited and nervous for October 28th. I know I am ready. Alamo180 has helped me to get there!From


Gloria Guerra

From marathoner to triathlete!

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It was a really cold and rainy night in Las Vegas, in November 2015 and I was crying. I was crying because the weather dropped 40 degrees in a couple of hours, the winds were 30mph, and it was raining. I was crying because I was soaking wet, the wind kept pushing against me, my feet were frozen, and I still had 6 more miles to run. I was crying because I was not going to meet my goal time for my first marathon. At that moment, I swore to myself that I would never run another marathon again, 13.1 would be my longest distance going forward and that was the end of that. An hour later, I started crying again. This time I was crying because I had just crossed the finish line, my first marathon was complete, and it was honestly the best feeling in the world.

Crossing that finish line made me believe that I can overcome any obstacles if I set my mind to it, it made me realize how strong I can be, and made me believe in myself. Crossing the marathon finish line also made me forget the promise I had made to myself around mile 20, and I and decided to toe the line for another marathon, Houston Marathon,  in early 2017. Training was going great, and January promised cool temperature for race day; and then it happened – injury. Three weeks before race day and I couldn’t finish my runs without pain. I talked to my coach, Lexa, and she suggested no more running until race; I would aqua jog and swim only. Honestly, the thought of no running for three weeks terrified me, and I worried I would die on race day. But, I trusted Lexa and trusted the process.

Here, is where I take you back….I was always in sports in high school: volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. Once I started college, I was tired of team sports and I maybe jogged every once in a while – 2 miles, tops. It wasn’t until after college, and was working as a dietitian at a hospital, that some co-workers suggested we sign up for Beach to Bay race. It was 2010, and I met Lexa, and we formed a great friendship over running. She was training with Alamo 180, and a few times a year she would try to get me to join her crew and do a triathlon. I always shook my head and said that was not for me. Running was for me. We would sign up for half-marathons together throughout the years. “I will never do a tri”, I would say. I did join Alamo 180 in 2015 to train for my first marathon, with Lexa as my coach, but still, I refused to tri train. Lexa encouraged me to get a bike, to get make me a stronger runner, and still I resisted –  “Nope, not for me”.

This brings me back to my injury, and therefore, my swim training. I used to swim when I was a little girl, and I did a little bit of lifeguarding as a summer job in 2007, but I hadn’t swam a lap since! From the moment I started swimming, I remembered how much I loved it. I also was reminded how hard it was, and my muscles certainly weren’t happy about it for days after that initial swim. But, nevertheless, I trusted the plan of swimming and aqua jogging. Race day for marathon #2 came and went. It was a hot and humid one in early January (thanks, Texas), and from the start line I knew I would not reach a personal record, but that was okay. I wanted to finish (in spite of injury), and enjoy the ride.

It is now early 2017, I am post-marathon and not sure what to do next. I had started a new job in 2016, and met a girl who, unknowingly at that time,  would help change my life – Bobbie. Bobbie and I were great co-workers from the beginning. We had similar interests; we were both “foodies”, we wanted the same Garmin watch, had a love for REI, both wanted to cut our hair really short; and both of us talked about maybe, one day, doing a triathlon. It was one of the first times that I found myself saying that wish out loud.  My dad passed away in February of 2017, reminding me that life is short, to take advantage of the time we have and not let an adventure pass by. And so it was time to sign up for a triathlon. There were plenty of opportunities to join the Rookie Tri program with Alamo 180, and I knew if I was to do a triathlon, it would be with Alamo180 guiding me. I convinced Bobbie to join Alamo 180 with me and in early summer of 2017 we went for our first Saturday training with Coach Crystal. The plan was to train and cross the finish line at the Dam09, and then I would probably go back to only running races. I learned more in those 8 weeks than I could have possibly imagined.

Bobbie and I crossed the finish line at Dam 09 in the summer of 2017, and as Crystal would say – it was official, and we “were bit by the tri bug”.  Bobbie and I decided to stick to tri training and completed the Kerrville sprint tri that year and we loved it! We committed to off-season tri training to get stronger, and sat down during the holidays to talk about our tri schedule for 2018. It was then, that we decided we could do anything we set our minds to- and decided that we would end our 2018 tri season with a 70.3 Ironman race. It was almost a year away and we planned for some smaller races throughout 2018 to help us prepare for the big race. I learned something from each and every race, and continue to learn something about myself with all of my training.  I am so fortunate to have the support of my husband, my family, and my friends in this crazy endeavor. It is a blessing to have Bree as my tri coach, and my Alamo180 family to support me, calm my anxiety and encourage me every step of the way. I am so glad that my bestie, Rachel, decided to follow in my crazy footsteps and I am so proud that she completed her first triathlons in 2018!!  I am beyond fortunate to have Bobbie, my #rideordie partner, that has been there since Day 1 of this tri adventure, who pushes me to do my best with every training. I can’t wait to complete my first 70.3 Ironman race, and run that IM carpet to the finish line. This is only the beginning, I have big dreams!!

 

 

If you would like to learn more about our Rookie to Race programs, check it out here! We will be offering TWO Rookie to Race programs next year! If your goal is to simply finish a triathlon, or to one day do a Half or Full Ironman, we can get you there! We do it year after year!

They followed the Rookie to Half Ironman plan. If you would like to read more, check it out here!

Tough Mudder Training Program

Join Alamo 180 and train for the Tough Mudder event! This 10 week program will get you to the finish line and you’ll have FUN while doing it! Will you accept the challenge?

ABOUT:
Alamo 180’s OCR program challenges all levels of athletes, beginner to experienced. Our successful training approach is to help you develop what is physically necessary to finish…and with a huge smile on your face! The whole purpose of OCR is to have fun! It’s not about speed or how strong you are, it’s just another fun way of being healthy and active. It’s not about finishing first, it’s about finishing with a smile!

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Group workouts will include the very obstacles encountered on race day: rope climbs, spear throws, bucket carries, sandbag carries, monkey bars, and more. Every workout can be scaled (made harder or easier) to meet the needs of beginners and experienced level athletes. OCR training is a blend of strength, endurance and skill.

TRAINING SESSIONS & SCHEDULE:
10 group training sessions during the 10 weeks.
— Saturdays at 8am. Alamo 180 studio. First Saturday WOD is September 8
— On Your Own Training Sessions: You will receive a training plan with select run/walk workouts to complete on your own during the week.

COST:
Program rates beginning at $100.

Ready for a fun challenge? Learn more here:http://www.alamo180.com/studio/obstacle-course/ ‎

Scam Sale

On Wednesday, August 1, we learned we were victims of a scam. We purchased equipment for our studio (3 Air Assault bikes and 1 Concept 2 rower) from a company that claimed it sold equipment that had been used in CrossFit competitions.

We thought we were getting a deal. We didn’t realize it would end up with $1,200 lost and no equipment.

As a small, family operated business, we pride ourselves on routinely saving money to pour it back into our gym. Our never ceasing goal is to improve the training experience. Not only was this stolen from us, it was stolen from our members and our prospective members.

This loss, as of right now, significantly delays our “Studio Improvement To Do List”. With your help, we can recoup the loss and continue to give back to our members.

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. What was meant to destroy, you instead rebuild it even stronger. Help us make sweet lemonade.

How can you help? By buying a lottery ticket and playing the Alamo 180 Scam Sale Fundraising Lottery.

How to Play:

  • Purchase a $25 ticket. Purchase your lottery ticket by sending money via PayPal to bree@alamo180.com and selecting “Friends & Family” for the money transfer. Direct link to PayPal: PayPal.Me/alamo180. You can also send money via Venmo to @alamo180
  • 4 chances to win: 
    • 1 winner will receive the Grand Prize of a FREE 3 month membership for themselves and a 3 month membership to gift to a friend* (value of $900)
    • 3 winners will receive an Alamo 180 t-shirt or hat of their choice (value of $25). 
  • Winners will be drawn on Facebook Live on Wednesday, August 15.

Fine Print:

  • Must purchase the ticket before the expiration date of Monday, August 13 at midnight to be eligible for the prizes.
  • *The friend that is gifted the monthly membership cannot be a current Alamo 180 member. Select one friend for the membership that is intended to be gifted. You can choose to gift both memberships, with each going to one friend each (both friends cannot be current Alamo 180 members). 
  • Grand Prize Membership applies to studio classes only (not triathlon or running).
  • Grand Prize Membership must be activated by Feb 1, 2019.
  • You can buy several tickets for increased odds of winning.

Good luck and have fun! May the odds be ever in your favor!

P.S. If you wouldn’t mind sharing our first FB live video, we would be so grateful. Thanks in advance! 

July Free Week of Strength Classes

 

Link to sign up for your free week

 

 

 

Free Week is right around the corner! Deal starts Monday, July 23!
Experience an entire week of FREE IRON XT classes!* Classes as early as 6amand late as 6:30pm. There’s something to fit your busy schedule!
*fine print: deal is good for new visitors only. Not valid for out-of-town visitors. Cannot be combined with any other deal or offer.
Great things don’t come from comfort zones. So allow yourself to get uncomfortable to experience real results.
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Here’s what some of our clients have to say about the IRON XT program:
“I decided to try out the Iron XT classes and loved the combination of weight lifting and high intensity workouts. I have noticed a huge improvement in my strength and performance in running and triathlon. I have also noticed I am able to recover faster from workouts and have been able to stay injury free both of which I attribute to strength training and great coaching.”
“Iron XT is a full body workout! If you want to be able to do it all, come here. I never thought I’d be okay with running… I am now! Coach Jeff is patient, knowledgeable, experienced and fun. It is truly a family run business. Everyone is part of a team at Alamo 180 and everyone encourages you to push that much harder. Bree and Jeff are the best people to lead you on your journey towards being fit. I love this place and am blessed to be a part of it!”
“Awesome gym with great coaches. Jeff goes the extra mile to ensure each session is thoughtfully programmed and scaleable to all levels. Iron XT classes are challenging but fun. The clientele who go to this gym are a really nice group of people. I look forward to my workouts and I’m making great progress!”
“Great workout! I was challenged and coached in a way that didnt make me feel intimidated. Everyone in the class spoke to me, was very welcoming and helpful. Jeff the owner/trainer was very nice as well.”
“Awesome class! Jeff is a phenomenal coach and really pays attention to your forms and techniques, and provides personalized instruction to newcomers who are not familiar with the workout. Great workout that is scaleable to individual level. Would definitely recommend this class.”
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Ready to start your #makea180 journey? What do you have to lose?
Once you’ve grabbed your spot, you can expect a fun, full body workout. Classes begin with a dynamic warm up, a strength component, a metabolic conditioning component and a cool down. Know that anything can be scaled!
Got a friend or family member looking for a gym to train at? Please share this email and invite them to try us out! Thanks in advance for sharing the love of health and fitness!

July #makea180 Spotlight: Renee

My journey with Alamo 180 began in 2015 when I reached out to Coach Lexa and Alamo 180 for marathon training and guidance in preparation for my first marathon. Prior to joining Alamo 180 my training consisted of a few runs during the week and a long run on the weekend with no structured training plan. I had no idea what tempo, fartlek, and speed work runs were. With the help of a structured training plan, form work, and great coaching I was able to go from a 9 min/mile to 8:30 min/mile and complete my first marathon successfully!

Coach Lexa brought up the talk of possibly qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever see that as a possibility as I always said, “Boston is for fast people, not me.” My journey to qualifying for the Boston Marathon is a story for another day. To sum it up there were some ups, downs, and heartbreak along the way, but four marathons later, with the help of great coaching, a solid run plan, and strength training I finally achieved my goal! In January, at the Houston Marathon, I ran a 3:31:09 and with that qualifying time I will be running the 2019 Boston Marathon

Triathlon came into my life after talking with Coach Lexa; she said I would see
improvement in my running fitness from triathlon training. At first I was hesitant to take the leap into triathlon as the thought of swimming, biking, and running seemed like a formidable task. Being a total newbie to the sport I had to learn how to swim and cycle for long distances. I remember my first few swims I was frustrated thinking I was never going to get better and was second-guessing my decision to train for a triathlon. Cycling was tough for me too, at first I didn’t know how to cycle and use the gears on my bike properly making my life on the bike miserable. I was also feeling like the slowest person on the team, which I’m pretty sure I was, but no one on the team cared how fast or slow I was they were always supportive and helpful. I eventually improved with hard work, patience, and sticking to the training plan. The sport of triathlon can be a daunting feat for any new triathlete but Coach Bree and the Alamo 180 tri team were so awesome and they made the transition to triathlon seamless. I didn’t know what to expect after training and completing my first triathlon but the tri bug bit me and I am now hooked on triathlons and have completed several sprint, Olympic, and 70.3 distances.

Alamo 180 is unique in that a gym is available and strength classes are offered and incorporated into the run and triathlon programs. I had a gym membership and would go occasionally to get strength training in but nothing like the Iron XT classes offered at Alamo 180. Coaches Bree, Jeff, and Lexa spoke of the many benefits of strength training for
endurance athletes. I decided to try out the Iron XT classes and loved the combination of weight lifting and high intensity workouts. I have noticed a huge improvement in my strength and performance in running and triathlon. I have also noticed I am able to recover faster from workouts and have been able to stay injury free both of which I attribute to strength training and great coaching.

I was attracted to Alamo 180’s culture, the community, and the fact that they catered to athletes of all experience levels (beginner to advanced); no one has an ego, everyone is welcoming, helpful, and supportive of each other. I like that every workout is always scaleable with the focus being quality over quantity.

Training with Alamo 180 has truly changed my running and endurance sports hobby into a passion of mine. Alamo 180 has helped me develop as a better athlete in running, triathlon, and strength training. I am so happy to have found Alamo 180 and the awesome athletes I get to have fun, workout and train with on a daily basis.

Some final thoughts: Set big goals, huge ones! Don’t be afraid to fail! Test your limits! Your body can endure so much more than you think it can! Work hard! Have fun! Be patient! Don’t give up on your goals!

Rock’n’Roll Run Training Program starts July 11

We’re getting close to the first workout of the SA Rock’n’Roll event! Group training for the 10k and 13.1 begins on July 11!
If you’re wanting to learn more about what we do and why we do it, and how we’re different, keep reading!
First, all of our workouts are infinitely scaleable. The program challenges an experienced athlete just as much as a beginner. An example of an infinitely scaleable workout, whether it be a speed or long run is this: beginner athletes following run/walk intervals and experienced athletes following specific run zones, all while completing the same run workout. Workouts can be made more or less challenging by adjusting intensity and/or distance.
Second, it’s not a one-size-fits-all training plan. At Alamo 180 we take great pride in challenging both beginners and experienced athletes by providing training plans for the beginner, intermediate and advanced level runner. More options for higher quality training. As coaches, we have trained beginners to their first race and experienced athletes to a personal best. Whatever your goal, our training plans can help you get there!
Third, we are all about quality. To ensure quality, we cap the program at 40 participants. We aren’t about the numbers, we’re about the people. Quality is our top priority. 3 run coaches, 3 training levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced), and smaller group size.
The journey to a 10K or 13.1 begins on Wednesday, July 11When the spots are filled, they are filled. Don’t delay in getting registered!
Learn more here + grab your spot here
You can join the convo + learn more over on our FB event page here

MURPH CHALLENGE

 

HONOR THE FALLEN

Join Alamo 180 as we Officially Host THE MURPH CHALLENGE

Where: Alamo 180. 

When: Memorial Day, 28 May 2018. 

Waves Begin at 7:30 am, 9 am, and 10:30 am and are limited to 14 people per wave.

Register for the event + declare your wave

What: MURPH Hero WOD: 1 mile Run. 100 Pull-Ups. 200 Push-Ups. 300 Air Squats. 1 mile Run. In a 20 lb weighted vest or body armor. Bring Your Own Vest!

Note: scaled options available for all movements, as well as going sans weighted vest, and options to partition such as 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 air squats.

Entry Fee: $25 for Alamo 180 athletes, $30 for community athletes. Your entry fee includes an awesome T-shirt, Kiolbasa sausages, Blue Star Beer, fresh fruit and refreshing drinks, plus amazing door prizes from Caliente Harley-Davidson, Wounded Warrior ProjectSan Antonio Running Company, and Bicycle Heaven. 

***Honor all those that have fallen in the line of duty for our nation. Remember and honor their selfless service along with Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005.***

Register for the event + declare your wave

Run Skills Clinic: Body Position (May Clinic)

Join Alamo 180 for a Run Skills Clinic! Topic: Body Positioning

Date: Friday, May 18
Location: Edison High School, track facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

Register here

This 1 hour clinic will cover body positioning and run mechanics so you can maximize your run potential. Don’t keep running harder, learn how to run smarter.

  • Have you heard the phrase, “run tall” but don’t exactly know what it means?
  • Do you ever wonder why you’re told to do warm-up drills like high knees, butt kicks, and skipping?
  • Do you see pictures of yourself in races and workouts and not like the form you see?
  • Are you plagued with nagging injuries and you know it’s related to running?
  • You know that improving your form will help performance, but you don’t know where to start?

Believe it or not, running is a skill sport. It requires skill to move your body forward efficiently. You can’t power your way through miles upon miles with inefficient form and hope to get faster with lasting results. In this 1 hour clinic you will learn how to get your body in the most efficient position, as well as learn common mistakes with run form so you can avoid them. 

Note: you won’t run more than a mile in this clinic, it’s mostly drill work, so in shape or out of shape, come and learn a lot! Clinic can be scaled to accommodate everyone. 

Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced runners.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here.

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.

Swim Skills Clinic: Rotation

Join Alamo 180 for a swim skills clinic! Topic: Rotation

Date: Friday, May 11 
Location: Candler Physical Education Center, pool facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

Register here

In this one hour clinic you will learn drills that will help you work on horizontal body positioning as well as to improve your torso/hip rotation. Positioning and rotation are key to an efficient freestyle. The drills you will learn are game changer! This is an in-water clinic, so expect to be swimming!

*Learn why rotation is so important in freestyle and how to do it effectively.

*Learn how to get better and more efficient at rotating.

*Learn how proper rotation can help propel you forward.

In this clinic you will learn drills that will help you work on horizontal body positioning as well as to improve your torso/hip rotation. Positioning and rotation are key to an efficient freestyle. If you’re ready to start rotating and propel forward, sign up for this clinic!

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Testimonial from previous swim clinic attendees: 

“Thanks for the class. As always , Great!! coaching. The explanations as to why a position works (or doesn’t work) in the water is so helpful, it gels the concept and helps me remember. 
You also do a great job at the “teach and repeat”, teach and repeat. Only way for a new learner to really grab all those pearls of wisdom. I feel like I’ve learned A LOT and found many things I can work on after just one hour with you.”

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Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced swimmers.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.