Rookie to Race

Rookie to Race is our premier beginner training program designed to train rookie triathletes for a sprint triathlon race. To get into the sport of triathlon, you don’t need to know how to swim, bike or run, or even have an athletic background. You just need the passion and determination to learn how to do it. In the Rookie to Race program, we patiently guide rookies on the exciting journey of all things triathlon. Expect patient guidance in all three disciplines and a solid training plan to ensure you get the most out of the program. 

If your goal is to eventually complete a Half or Full Ironman, the Rookie to Race program is the perfect launching point. Begin your triathlon endeavors with a solid foundation of form and endurance. Learn more about our Rookie to Half Ironman and Rookie to Ironman.

About the Program:

The 6 week program is designed to prepare newbie triathletes for a strong race finish!  You don’t need any triathlon experience – we promise! We will cover drills and skills in each swim, bike and run workout.

There are two assessments during the program (week 3 and week 5) allowing you to see where you are in your fitness and how you stack against the race distance. If you need additional coaching, we will recommend private swim, bike and/or run sessions. You cannot get lost in this program. There are so many resources available to you to ensure you make it to the finish line. It is our top priority to get you ready and confident come race day.

Program Dates

Save the dates for our TWO 2019 Rookie to Race programs!

Program #1: Start Date May 1, 2019. Program culminates with the Windcrest Freshman Triathlon on June 9, 2019.

Program #2: Start Date July 10, 2019. Program culminates with the Dam 09 Triathlon (race date estimate is Aug 17, 2019).

If you want to get started sooner, reach out to bree@alamo180.com for options on joining the regular team. We offer clinics as well as one-on-one private sessions, so if your goal is to complete a triathlon, we can help you!


 $249 investment for the 6 week program.

  • 15 coached group workouts during the program*,
  • Monthly Q&A Coaching access via Live video on the private Facebook group, 
  • Discounts/Priority registration on Alamo 180 Triathlon Clinics, 
  • Discounts on sponsor products and services, 
  • Alamo 180 Beginner Triathlon Team Private FB Community access. 

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Training Schedule:

Coached swim, bike and run workouts each week & several clinics throughout program. The 6 week Rookie to Race program is separate from the current year-round training group.

Week Schedule: 

  • Wednesdays 6:30pm. Run workout. Edison Track.
  • Thursdays 6:30pm. Swim workout. San Antonio College pool.
  • Saturdays 9:00am. Bike + Run workout. Alamo Heights Pool parking lot.
  • *Note: Every week we have a Wednesday Run and Thursday Swim & Saturday Bike workouts are on alternating weekends (week 1, 3, and 5) to make a total of 15 workouts during the program. 

Minimum eligibility requirements

To ensure success in the training program, here are the minimum requirements:

  1. Have water confidence and be able to swim 2 laps (50 yds or meters), in any form of forward motion (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, doggie paddle, side stroke, etc.)
  2. Ride a bike at least 3 miles.
  3. Be able to run/jog/walk 1 mile.
  4. Must have a bicycle and helmet.

Other required equipment needs for training and race day will be discussed during the program.

If you would like to speak with a coach about the minimum requirements, please don’t hesitate to reach out to bree@alamo180.com.

Read a few testimonials from some of our Rookie to Race triathletes:

“What a great day! I enjoyed seeing our team members on the race course and hearing the cheering crew every time I went by! It was so motivational!”

“I just wanted to say how great it’s been training with all of you! I’ve learned so much and have gotten the push I needed when I was frustrated. Thanks everyone for all your positivity and fun, especially Coach Bree!” 

“So very grateful for the awesome rookie-to-race team! We all worked hard for today’s race and it really showed! Great job, everyone! To Bree, you guided us well and we are so appreciative!”

“I have really loved your coaching and your program! I can’t wait for our first triathlon! I’m excited to continue the journey at Alamo 180!” 

“Thanks a lot, Coach Bree!! I really enjoyed rookie training :)”

“Thanks for your training and support the past few months in preparation for race day!”

“I learned so much from this experience. I am totally hooked. Everyone from Alamo 180 was awesome, the coaches, supporters, and the athletes. I’m so blessed to be part of such an awesome group.”

“I’ll never forget the first day I joined Alamo 180. It was a swim day and I remember driving downtown thinking, am I crazy? Can I really do this? Do I have what it takes? What will those triathletes think of me? I was feeling very nervous, shy, and downright scared. I’d never been an athlete in my life and HATED exercising. I was overweight, out of shape, and felt very self conscious just putting on my swim suit. But I refused to give in to these feelings until I at least tried it. I had to know one way or the other whether this was something I could do. Boy am I glad I overcame my fear! Not only have I found my self confidence, but I’ve made friendships that I wouldn’t change for the world. That first day changed the rest of my life. Find your courage, you may learn something about yourself that you never could have dreamed.”


See some of our Rookies from past programs in action!