Rookie to Race

Rookie to Race Beginner Triathlon Program

Rookie to Race is Alamo 180’s premier beginner triathlon training program. Learn the basics of the sport so you can build the right foundation of endurance and skill. The Rookie to Race program is designed to build your confidence and get you ready for your first triathlon!

Alamo 180’s Rookie to Race program culminates with Windcrest Freshman Triathlon

Here’s what you get in the 6 week program:

  • 15 in-person, coached workouts led by certified USA Triathlon coaches,
  • Training plan for every workout of the 6 week program (coached workouts and on your own workouts),
  • Every triathlon workout provides scaling and modified options for individuals at any level of fitness or skill,
  • Clinics built into each workout to cover important race day skills,
  • PDF handouts diving deeper into triathlon training and racing, as well as nutrition,
  • Educational videos in the swim, bike and run for additional instruction and guidance,
  • Private group area for accountability, support and feedback.


  • Alamo 180 swim cap to wear for swim workouts and race day.
  • Club workout access with the Alamo 180 Triathlon Team. Gain wisdom by training with a community of experienced triathletes.
  • Race registration discount for training with Alamo 180!

Training Schedule:

  • Next 6 week program will begin in 2020. Tentative date is Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
  • Wednesdays 5:30 pm & 6:30pm Swim workout at San Antonio College pool (offered weekly). *select either class time
  • Thursdays 5:30pm & 6:30pm Run workout at Edison Track (offered weekly). *select either class time 
  • Saturdays 9:00am Bike + Run workout at Olmos Basin Park (offered alternating Saturdays – 1st, 3rd and 5th).
  • Rookie to Race program culminates with Windcrest Freshman Triathlon on Saturday of week 6.

After you go through the program you will:

  • Learn freestyle and breaststroke in order to build the swim endurance needed to finish the swim portion on race day,
  • Learn how to safely and properly handle your bike so you can ride with confidence,
  • Learn proper run technique to build endurance, gain speed, and avoid injuries,
  • Learn the most efficient way to set up and execute race day transitions,
  • Lay the right foundation in order to safely and correctly do triathlons,
  • Discover just how fun and do-able triathlons are,
  • Show up on race day confident and ready to toe to the start line.

“The thing I like about the program is how it can help anyone. If there are even experienced triathletes thinking about taking the program I would highly suggest. Coach Bree has gone above and beyond to ensure athletes are prepared and most importantly, safe from injuries”

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Begin your triathlon journey for just $249

Save the date for April 29, 2020. If you are wanting to get connected in triathlon right now, check out our Swim Series. You can also receive private coaching through our one-on-one swim, bike and run sessions.

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“It was a great experience doing the Tri.  Thank you so much for the encouragement you gave me to be able to go for it.”

“Even if you have done a few triathlons and not a Rookie, you will gain so much knowledge that you wish you would have taken it sooner. Everyday, in my training, I am thanking the coaches for preparing me for the sport.”


I can’t swim freestyle. Will I learn how in the program? Yes! Our highly successful approach is to teach you how to swim step by step. We break down freestyle into separate steps – rhythmic breathing, body positioning, kick, arm cycle – so you can work on each one separately and master it before moving onto the next. We follow this same process for breaststroke. We will teach you two strokes (freestyle and breaststroke) to ensure you get through the swim portion of the race. Our approach is to decrease the overwhelm so you can learn quickly and easily.

Is there a certain level of fitness I need to be at in order to join? You do not need any prior triathlon experience to join the Rookie to Race program. However, to ensure your success in the program, please take a moment to look over the minimum requirements: For the swim – be able to put your face in the water and move forward (doggy paddling counts). For the bike – be able to ride at least 2 miles (coasting counts). For the run – be able to walk, jog, or run (or a mix of the three) for 1/2 mile.

I’m not new to triathlon, but I would like to learn the basics, can I do this program? YES! We have had many with prior triathlon experience go through our Rookie to Race program. It is not just for beginners, it is also designed with the experienced athlete in mind. Many had been self taught triathletes with bad habits they wanted to break. Everyone can benefit from working on the fundamentals and laying a proper foundation.

Is the Rookie to Race program only for beginners? I’m not new to endurance training and racing, but I am new to triathlon. 
The Rookie to Race program is not just for beginners, it is also designed with the experienced athlete in mind. In fact, many have gone through our program with Half and Full Marathon experience. For those with an endurance background, the program will help lay the right foundation for triathlon – high quality form work, proficiency, speed development, and a safe blending of all three triathlon disciplines. This foundation is key not just for short course triathlons, but also for long course triathlons, i.e. Half and Full Ironman. By having a solid foundation, it allows the athlete to safely increase volume while decreasing injury risk. For the workouts in the training plan, experienced athletes will choose from the Level A workouts (moderate volume, speed development, form work) or Level B workouts (moderate volume, form work). Every workout is set up to ensure that everyone is appropriately challenged.

What if I miss a group workout? You don’t have to attend every group workout. If fact, not everyone can. Life happens. If you happen to miss a group workout, follow the workout details in the Rookie to Race training plan. Access the video library and tune in to the Live Q&A talks to receive quality, virtual instruction.

What equipment do I need? Basic equipment needs to get started: For the swim – goggles and swimsuit. All other swim gear is provided at the pool. For the bike – a safe, working bicycle (cruiser, tri bike, road bike, hybrid, or mountain bike) and helmet. For the run – comfortable run shoes. We will go over additional equipment needs during the program.

Do I have to do the Windcrest Freshman triathlon at the end of the program? While the program culminates with the Windcrest Freshman Triathlon, you do not have to do the race. You can do the program for training purposes. When you feel ready to race, sign up for a race. You can also complete the program and select a different race. The choice is yours!

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“I did it! This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and I felt so accomplished crossing that finish line! I could not have done this without all the support of my family and friends, and of course, the Alamo 180 coaches and my encouraging teammates! Thank you to all of you!”

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“Thank you all so much for this experience, I couldn’t have done it without all of you! Thanks for your support and encouragement!”

“Thank you Alamo 180 for creating this program! This program have me the tools, skills, support, and encouragement to do this race!”

If you’ve ever thought you were too old, too overweight, or too slow to do a triathlon…you’re actually at just the right age, just the right weight and at just the right speed to get started.

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Got Qs? Reach out to Coach Bree at bree@alamo180.com or 210-371-6515