Coach Crystal


Crystal Tomlinson

Assistant Triathlon Coach

*Note: Coach Crystal will be taking a sabbatical in 2018 to focus on her family. We love and support her decision and will miss her in the day to day of triathlon and Alamo 180. 

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About Coach Crystal: 

In February of 2012, I joined the Alamo 180 triathlon team. Two years before this, I lost my young mother to a heart attack. Given my scary family history, I knew I needed to start taking care of my heart and was finally ready to get in 13407018_1214879398531518_4722625811820960674_nshape. I literally went from sedentary couch potato to triathlete in the span of a couple of months. In the beginning, I could hardly swim the freestyle, didn’t know how to shift gears on my road bike, and couldn’t run longer than a minute. In my first season I competed at the sprint distance level, finishing more than 7 races. In my second, I began racing at the olympic distance, finishing the season with 9 more races including my first half, Ironman Austin 70.3. I also became a Team Captain that year. In March of 2014, I was promoted to Assistant Triathlon Coach for Alamo 180 and with that competed in one of the toughest races out there, Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake (BSLT). BSLT gave me the confidence that I could finish a full Ironman and I took that plunge in the spring of 2015 with Ironman Texas (following my 3rd half, Ironman 70.3 Texas in Galveston).

 Coaching Certifications & Accomplishments:

  • USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • 2015 Ironman Texas finisher
  • Half Ironman Finishes: 2013 Ironman 70.3 Austin, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake, and 2015 Ironman 70.3 Texas.
  • Olympic Distance Triathlon Personal Record (PR) 3:06:38, 2014 Kemah Triathlon.

Crystal’s Fitness Philosophy:

Commitment Breeds Success

I am not a lifelong athlete. When I was growing up, I didn’t play in any sports and hated to exercise during gym class. Athleticism does not come naturally to me. I have to work for it. Despite all of this, I became an accomplished IMG_5745 triathlete and coach, and now have a passion for living an active lifestyle. The reason? Commitment. As soon as I developed the desire to become an athlete, I learned very quickly that the only way to achieving my goal was to regularly commit to the training that would make that desire possible. I believe that no  matter your background, if you really want something, you can achieve it through dedication and discipline.

Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

If you’ve got the desire to become a successful triathlete, I can help you reach your goal with my experience and knowledge of what it takes to get to that finish line. You don’t need to have an athletic history or a natural talent for sport, all you need is commitment. Just show up, every day and you will succeed. And as your coach, I will be committed to you.

14054510_1261379653881492_4041373801054429046_oCoaching Services Provided:

  • Triathlon Custom Coaching: Sprint to Full Ironman distance races.
  • Private, one-on-one assessments for Swim and Bike.

Coaching Accomplishments:

  • Alamo 180 Triathlon Club receiving distinction of Best Triathlon Club by Competitor Magazine’s Best of 2014.
  • Has successfully assisted in coaching over 60 athletes to the finish line since being promoted to Assistant Coach (sprint, Olympic, and Half Ironman finishes).
  • Successful coaching of 1 Half Ironman finish and 1 Full Ironman finish via custom coaching.
  • To date, has led 14 beginner triathletes to the finish line of their first triathlon through the “Rookie to Race” triathlon program.