Coach Details

Debbie Warner-Rapier
TriCoach for Newbies
Plainfield, IL

Excel programs/actuals returned via email
phone consultations
email correspondence
hands on training of swim, bike and/or run, if requested
referral to medical professionals, if necessary
referral to nutritionist, if necessary
heart rate monitoring
base training
speed work

I can help and give advice:
tire changing
bike equipment
swim drills


I am a USAT Level I Certified Coach
I specialize in swimming and I have coached and taught swimming to kids and adults for over 2 years

I fell in love with Triathlon in 1996. I was living in San Diego at the time, but there was a significant hurdle to my entry into the sport…I didn’t know how to swim; realizing that after I “attempted” to swim the Bay. I was what some people in the sport affectionately refer to as a “newbie”. With a lot of help from my training partners, I learned how to swim, took to the open water, and finished my first triathlon a month later.

Since then, I’ve never looked back. I’ve completed 5 Ironman triathlons (Wisconsin, Lake Placid, Coeur d’Alene, Florida, and Canada) along with more sprint, Olympic, and Half Ironman distance races than I can count. I have also qualified for the Boston Marathon on my third attempt. I placed 1st and 3rd overall woman in two duathlons I completed. And last year I placed in my age group in every race I competed in, including a half Ironman.

I’m not a pro. I’m not an “elite”. I’m your average triathlete, or “age grouper.” But, I’d put my passion for the sport head-to-head with anyone.

I love triathlon. I want you to love it too. Also, I want you to know that you can enter this sport -- like I did -- at any athletic level. Do not be intimidated by triathlon. With the help of a training partner and/or coach, you will race and finish your first triathlon. From there we will build on your foundation and together we will accomplish your goals. Whether you aspire to finish your first Ironman or steadily become a more competitive age grouper, let me be the training partner that gets you there.