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Non tri question:

Do we have any professional handymen on the team? (I try to give business to people I know before sourcing off the internet)
Who else is signed up for IRONMAN VR4 this weekend?

🏃‍♀️3 km, 🚴‍♂️ 40 km, 🏃‍♀️10 km - Register for free at!

If you're signed up and your name isn't on the list, make sure to affiliate with Paragon Training through your IRONMAN profile!
Great swim!! Mark Saroni ... I hope you have a great race! Stay strong!
Here they are! They are ready! Takes a lot of work to get here so let’s cheer them on! 🏊🏼‍♂️ 🚵‍♀️ 🏃Lets hear it for the boys!!
Happy 5th Birthday to Zealios! Today through Friday place an order using your team code and you'll be entered to win 5 Sun Barrier Packets, 5 Betwixt Packets, and 5 GU's...there will be 5 winners! Good luck! #teamzealios
Because we love you, Paragon Training...Today and Tomorrow: Place an order for Zealios using your team code, receive 4 FREE Betwixt Pocket Packets! Happy Valentine's Day! XOXO #teamzealios
I always say to myself "if I get hit, I get hit" while cycling solo;
I was cycling East Bound access road of I10 late this afternoon & came upon a cyclist who'd been hit; he didn't make it.
Be safe out there everyone.
It was right outside the Lexus store across from the Dominion; Jimmy, my husband was the first one on the scene & saw an older model white Lexus sp*eding off.
It's pretty clear after this last bike ride that I need to get fitted by a pro. Who does everyone recommend that isn't going to break the bank but is going to be useful?
Hi team! My training plan has a 4-hour ride this weekend. I haven't done much over 3 hours. Does anyone have a few routes that they recommend with minimal traffic? Preferably coming from downtown.
Dear Elite TP Athletes : Seeking your informed opinion on the Hoka running shoe

Thank you in advance! Respectfully, Kathleen
Look who I met today!
Congrats Mark!!!

Helping driven athletes achieve their goals. Coaching, community, and training plans for athletes.

Operating as usual 04/15/2021

The Worst I've Ever Felt

Race week can mess with your head. Everyone has doubts. Read how coach Mark battled his doubts last month to run towards a PR. During the week before The Woodlands Half Marathon, I felt the worst I ever have leading up to a race. A slight headache dampened my mood, my productivity declined on various work projects, and a surprising weight gain of five pounds stuck around all week. To be clear, I have experienced these feeli...


Our April #AthleteSpotlight shines on Sanaa Cody! Sanaa came to the United States from Morocco when she was 17. She says, “I vividly remember the first time I went for a run outside in short shorts and it was just normal.” Now, she enjoys the challenge of juggling three sports, the friendships, and the metaphors that triathlon brings to life. Read the full Q&A with Sanaa on our blog!


And your winner of the Optimus Tri 🤖 transition award goes to...

Em Selig 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼!

In her 1st 70.3 ever, Em blasted through both T1 & T2 in a combined time of 3 minutes & 56 seconds 🔥!

Congrats on finishing your first IM 70.3, Em, and taking the Optimus Tri crown 👸 to boot!


Proud of all our athletes who raced yesterday!

There were highs, lows, PR’s, and DNF’s.

Team is team though and we are proud of each and every one of you for giving it your all!

You’re all champions in our book 🏆.


Optimus Tri

Who will have the fastest transition time at Texas 70.3!?!?

We are giving an award to our team member that has the fastest transition. They will be named the next OPTIMUS TRI!

Who’s it going to be? 🤖👑


Very proud that we were SAFELY able to pull off all 4️⃣ races last year and excited to do it again this year 👊!

Race dates are set and registration is live!
See you this summer 🌞 🏊🏻🏃🏻‍♀️.

Presented by: Kathleen O'Shea, Realtor


Little tweaks make a big difference.

We are fortunate to have an in-house bike fitter on Team Paragon.

Austin had been having some comfort issues on the bike and Alberto was able to help him get more comfortable AND more aero at the same time! That’s what we call #WINNING 🚴‍♂️💨🥇

The best part? Alberto comes to YOU at your house so there is no need to travel. Contact us if interested or join Team Paragon to gain instant access to his special team pricing. 04/07/2021

The Best Resistance Band Workouts for Swimmers Resistance band workouts can be a great way to simulate swimming when you don’t have a access to a pool, lake, river, or ocean. Here are the top 15 resistance band exercises that will help swimmers and triathletes efficiently increase strength in freestyle, open water, and triathlon swimming.


Flash Sale! 🏷
We’re excited to be branching out our training services into the world of extreme nut cracking. Our “plan of the week” this week is guaranteed to get you fit enough to crack nuts in a way you never have before. Use code “IMANUT” at checkout!
🌰 Improve core strength & stability
🌰 Increase force production
🌰 Decrease risk of head injury 🤕
🌰 Crack more nuts than you ever have before!



Ironman Texas 70.3 in Galveston looks like a go. It may have been a while since you’ve practiced some race-specific intensity in your swim training.

Here’s a swim set we did with our swim group last week.

We added a bit of “spice” to the steady swim by having our athletes do a “deck-up” forcing them to get out of the pool every 50, walk around the blocks, and hop back in. Thanks @tower_26 for the idea on this one!

#SUFFERFASTER 03/30/2021

Pieces of Paragon March 2021 - Volume 7 - Issue 3

Our March newsletter is out JUST before the end of the month. Take a look and see what our Paragon athletes have been up to! "Exercise and a fighting attitude are what people like us need to really live, not the sedentary attitude most doctors would have us adopt." - Jerry Leith 03/26/2021

March Athlete Spotlight - Meet Tom

Our March #AthleteSpotlight shines on Tom Willmott! Tom consistently steps up to lead one of the cycling groups for Paragon's monthly Suffer Faster rides, and he never leaves a fellow athlete behind. Between rides, he could also teach you physics. Read the Q&A with Tom on our blog! Meet our March Athlete Spotlight, Tom Willmott! Tom has been involved with UTSA Triathlon and Paragon Training for over three years. He's a


When coach says you can’t go to happy hour until you finish your bike workout...


Train with Power 🔌
We believe that a power meter is the single best tool you can use to improve your cycling. Why❓
⚡️ Power doesn’t lie
⚡️ Estimate calories burned


Saturday Swim 🏊‍♀️ Tip: If you want to swim fast, then you got to swim fast.

Step 1 is to train hard
Step 2 is to buy a ROKA wetsuit
Step 3 is to race

We love having this company on board helping our athletes swim fast on race day 💨


Our friends at 830 Cycling & Fitness Studio are putting on some races and we’re putting up some cash 💵 !

If there’s money on the line, we KNOW you’ll be guaranteed to #SUFFERFASTER

The series starts Tuesday so head over to their website and check it out!


Save a bit of dough 🥖if you’re training for your first half iron distance race this year with our 15% discount:

Code good until Thursday, March 4th. 02/24/2021

Do You Need a Training Plan, a Coach, or Neither?

Which one is the best fit for you? Coach Mark details the pros and cons of using a training plan, hiring a coach, or self-coaching. There are two categories of people that should self-coach: athletes that have been training and racing for a REALLY long time and know their


Ultra Running Big Bend 50K FKT

Lucky p*e socks and ice cream 🍦!

Coach Mark traveled to Big Bend last month to run a solo 50K because... why not? The scenery 🌁 was beautiful and the calories 🌯 were numerous. Watch the details of his adventure below.

Coach Mark Saroni details his training, nutrition, and tactics for running his first ever 50K on the Outer Mountain Loop in Big Bend.Read his full report HER...


When you finall get running water back at your house... 🚰


Why run 31 miles when you can run 34?

Sarah took a bit of a wrong turn last weekend at the Rock Raccoon 50k but you know what her words were at mile 11? “I’m going to FINISH this darn race!”

And she did.
#SUFFERFASTER #thingswedoinspandex


Indoor Mile Challenge 🚨!

Power is out 🔌.
Roads are icey 🧊.
How is one supposed to get a workout in 🏋️‍♀️?

1. Turn your gps watch on inside your house.
2. Run around until it register a mile.
3. Post the workout on strava.
4. Post a picture or video on instagram.
5. Tag @paragontraining
6. Use the hashtag #indoormilechallenge

One winner will be selected at random to win a prize pack from one of our team sponsors.

You have until NOON on Thursday, February 18th to record and enter!

Now get to running 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️!



Fresh tracks 👣.

Stay safe and warm San Antonio 🥶!

#SUFFERFASTER 02/15/2021

February Athlete Spotlight - Meet Aldo

Thumbs up for our February Athlete Spotlight, Aldo Valverde! Aldo has been doing triathlon for a long time, with a lot of races in the books. His favorite? Escape from Alcatraz. Read the Q&A with Aldo on our blog! Meet our February Athlete Spotlight, Aldo Valverde! After a series of life changes—marriage, moving to the USA, kids, starting a business—Aldo is consistently balancing triathlon training again, with sights on new personal records and the full IRONMAN distance.


Long Run Saturday 🏃🏻‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️.

How many miles did you get in this morning?



“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”

Bundle up this weekend but get the work done! 🥶



We get it. You’re a triathlete. You don’t love swimming.

Unfortunately, the finish line of your next race doesn’t care what you do or don’t love.

Want to know the best way to get better at swimming?


Our Swimming Foundation plan is designed for the age group triathlete to help them improve their swimming by addressing weaknesses, technical limiters, and incorporating drills you probably haven’t done before.

Try it out and see if you don’t #SUFFERFASTER this year!


Chasing big goals is never easy.
It’s a little easier when you’re surrounded by the best teammates in the world. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

#thingswedoinspandex 02/09/2021

Beginner Swimming Drills #2: Around the World

Here’s a fun little drill we do occasionally with our athletes called “Around the World.”

You can do it with your arms at the side or in streamline >> We definitely recommend using fins though!

This drill works on the following:

1️⃣ Posture & alignment
2️⃣ Kicking technique (Small, tight kicks)
3️⃣ Head position
4️⃣ Rotation

Give it a try and let us know how it goes 🐠! This drill is part of our beginner swim drill series. Our goal is to introduce new swimmers to the sport of triathlon and assistant them with a series of dri...


We’re back, baby 🏁!

Super proud of all out teammates who are finding a way to get it done and stay motivated as racing slowly claws it’s way back into our lives. If you’re looking for some #MondayMotivation, look no further than these athletes below…

🎽 Emi Nix went for a SOLO half marathon PR and didn’t quite hit her goal but did take down a new 10K PR 🥵!

🚵 Jason McIntyre rode his mountain bike for a long time. 6 hours in fact with 4100 feet of climbing. That’s a lot of vert and a lot of dirt 🪨!

🚴‍♂️ 🚴‍♀️ Carlos Torres, Lexa Rijos, David Lam, Renee Patlan, Beatriz Salvat, and Augustine Salvat raced the Zimmerhanzel Express Gravel race. It was fast, furious, and plenty of fun.

👟 Diana Ruderman and Raul Correa raced the Natural Bridge Caverns 10k. Raul was feeling so good that he tacked on a couple of extra miles for good measure 🤪. Diana felt so good that she went ahead and WON the women’s overall 🥇!

🏃‍♂️Alfonso Campa pr’d his half marathon at the San Marcos 13.1, while also taking home first in AG. Jacob Campa secured FIRST place in the 5k!

Way to #SUFFERFASTER athletes!


Gravel wins!


“I feel like I PR’d a new record of suffering.”

There are time goals and there are suffering goals.

It’s easy to quit when you start to watch your time goal slip away from you.

The mental battle waging inside is fierce.

Racing a half marathon is hard.

Racing a solo half marathon time trial during COVID times is near impossible.

But Emi didn’t quit.

Nice job, Emi, on a new PR of suffering.
Team Paragon is proud of you!


Physiology is unique to each individual and Inscyd provides a way to look inside the body in a non-invasive manner.

❌ No needles
❌ No clunky breathing apparatus
❌ No fancy lab

INSCYD testing can be done at home on your own time but we are excited to offer an in-person testing opportunity this month!

✅ Suffer with friends
✅ Coach to walk you through the protocol step-by-step
✅ The same in-depth analysis and post-test report that shows you, among other things:

🟠 VO2Max
🟠 VLaMax
🟠 Anaerobic Threshold (FTP)

Visit the 830 Cycling & Fitness Studio website below to sign-up and be part of this first ever event!



All you can control is ex*****on and effort.

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San Antonio, TX

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Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
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