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Thanks Coach for setting up the OWS practice yesterday. Appreciate your hospitality.
Please share with your Junior Training Program.

18th Annual YMCA Kids Triathlon is July 17th.
Registration Link is

Thank you.
👏🏼👏🏼AMAZING JOB to all of the Runners who participated in The Woodlands Marathon , half marathon and 10k!! Huge congrats to Willie Fowlkes for putting an amazing race on!

🏃🏽‍♂️ Truly amazing and I’m continually blown away by the support and generosity of all spectators and athletes!!

🏃🏽‍♀️ Great work to the teams and athletes out there today! Excited about the continued growth! Here are some of the groups with athletes we’ve worked with and who raced!

Vantage Point Endurance
Volte Endurance Training
Finish Strong Coaching
FFP Running Clubs
Northside Running
Goose's Acre Running Club
Fleet Feet Houston
Fleet Feet Hughes Landing Social Run

And many more!

Keep up the amazing work and continue with your goals 🤩🥳

💪🏼Optimize Performance is honored to be able to work closely with athletes in this community 🤩

Alyson Sheppard MS, CSCS
Certified Health Coach
Sports Performance Specialist

Finish Strong Coaching, Houston Harriers Member Group

Premier Coaching for Triathletes and Runners Founded by Dana Lyons, Finish Strong Coaching is one of the premier coaching services for endurance athletes.

Training programs are tailored to each individual to ensure optimum performance and proper balance. Utilizing the periodization model Dana takes great satisfaction in helping athletes train smart, achieve their goals and stay healthy. Head Coach Dana Lyons is certified by both USAT and Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Certified Coach. Dana is one of the area’s elite coaches who has achieved the distinction of USAT Level II certification.

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 05/16/2022

Congratulations to all FSC athletes that raced this past weekend at the Sylvan Beach Olympic Tri, Sprint Tri and Duathlon!

Sharon Morin 1st in her age group (Olympic tri)
Troy Comier 8th in his age group (Olympic tri)
Lyuba Castillo 3rd in her age group (Sprint tri)
Phillip DePrang 2nd in his age group (Sprint tri)
Casey Clark 6th in his age group (Sprint tri)
Julio Morales 6th in his age group (Duathlon)
Dana Lyons 1st overall in the Duathlon

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 03/21/2021

Coach Dana Lyons had a great day at Challenge Miami. He won his age group in the duathlon! Run 5K, bike 56 miles, run 13.1. It was at the racetrack in Homestead!


All FSC friends are invited to upcoming Athleta Friends and Family event from September 10-14 at The Woodlands Mall. There will be raffles for shop cards. Lots of comfortable and cute clothes to work out in or just hang out around your home.

Non Coached Athlete Ride/OWS Payment - Finish Strong Coaching 05/28/2020

Non Coached Athlete Ride/OWS Payment - Finish Strong Coaching

Open Water Swim tomorrow at Lake Conroe at 5:30pm.

Weather looks good for this Friday for an open water swim!! As usual, we would be swimming at Dan’s place on Lake Conroe. Our approximately 300-400 yard square course is in a protected cove, marked with buoy’s at the turns and two kayaks are on the water to insure your safety.

Dana would appreciate a quick text or email [email protected] stating if you plan to swim on Friday. If you have friends that may enjoy the OWS, feel free to invite them. We do have a drop in fee and waiver to sign for non-FSC athletes which can be found here

Note that the start time has been moved up to 5:30pm. BYOB for post swim social.

Just a reminder that we use Twitter to communicate least minute venue changes, cancellations, etc. so please follow us at

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


One final note, starting next Monday, June 1st, the Masters swim moves to the Shadowbend Park pool located on Lake Woodlands just west of Shadow Bend Drive.

Non Coached Athlete Ride/OWS Payment - Finish Strong Coaching Open Water Swim and Supported Rides payment for non coached athletes


Galveston 70.3 has been postponed to NOVEMBER 22, 2020. Contact us to find out how to adjust your training schedule for a later date race!

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 03/08/2020

Congrats to all who participated in The Woodlands Marathon and Half Marathon races yesterday. Here's a few pics. Many PRS - Suchart Tontapanish, Bill Glaser (who won his AG); Tabata Uribe Cooke's marathon relay team won their division; Sharon Morin shaved 10 min off her Houston marathon time; Scott Schweinsberg, Sarah Plus Ryan Bruckshaw - beat his wife's PR time by 1 min; John McGowan; Deb Lyons; Barry Carroll; Mark Hanlon; Kevin Barnett - ran fast full marathon; Karen Karen Boler Goodwin; Kavita and Manuj Kumar; Yves Puisieux, Irina Shikounova; Julia Basso-Belforti - ran full marathon; Latina Blair - PR!; Michael Chapman - ran half; Joseph Tokarz - ran half; Nelson Tajong.


Julio Morales completed last weekends Cowtown Marathon races! Yes, races as in plural!! Saturday morning (7am start) he completed the 10k in 47:34 (5th in age group), then at the 8:30am 5k he ran a 23:48 (5th in age group). Then on Sunday he completed the 50k (31 miles) in 5:07:43 (8th in age group).

He is taking a much needed rest this week!

TriGirl RunGirl. We specialize in all women's events 02/17/2020

TriGirl RunGirl. We specialize in all women's events

Ladies,check out the Tri Girl Sprint tri and duathlon on May 10th (Mother's Day). Great distances for beginners!
200 yd swim/8 mile bike/2 mile run for the tri and 0.5 mile run/8 mile bike/2 mile run for the duathlon.

TriGirl RunGirl. We specialize in all women's events


Congratulations to athletes who raced yesterday at the Houston Marathon and half marathon! Let's get together at Hubbell & Hudson (Gosling & Research Forest Dr.) Tuesday evening at 8pm (post track)! Hope to see all there!

Houston Marathon

Bill Glaser – 2:56:47 (3rd in age group!)
Joseph Cabriana – 4:26:45
Karen Goodwin – 4:47:55
Nelson Tajong – 4:48:25
Scott Schweinsberg – 4:49:00
LaTina Blair – 5:24:06 (PR)

Houston Half Marathon

Tabata Cooke – 1:34:50 (top 2% of all females)
Mark Hanlon – 1:38:32 (6th in age group)
Lee Allen – 1:39:14
Alan Jones – 1:42:47
Jen Allen – 1:44:39 (top 5% of all females)
Bret Strong – 1:48:16
Debbie Staton – 1:58:48
John McGowan – 2:00:39
Sharon Morin – 2:01:46
Marta Valenzuela – 2:14:31
Anthony Cavaliero – 2:14:19
Janet Luna – 2:37:28
Sara Hartley – 3:08:29
Richard Zambrano – 3:47:35

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 10/15/2019

Congrats to all Finish Strong Coaching athletes who raced at 10 for Texas and Armadillo 3.1 runs on Saturday in The Woodlands!


Congratulations to FSC coached athlete Jane Archer who completed the 70.3 World Championships in a solid time of 5:51:51! After a very demanding ride, she threw down a 1:41:21 for her half marathon!

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 07/25/2019

Fun Color Run at Finish Strong Coaching's Youth Summer Run Camp!


Congratulations to all Finish Strong Racing athletes to raced at Sylvan Beach on Sunday. Picture is Sharon Morin and Mark Hanlon who shared the podium as top Grandmasters athletes in the Olympic distance race! In the Sprint tri, 65 year old Jack Alexander finished 8th overall! And Irina Shikounova finished 6th in her AG. Yves Puisieux placed 5th in his AG in the duathlon and Eddie Daniels did well in his first race in a long time. Dana Lyons placed 6th overall and won his AG in the duathlon.


Awesome first week of our youth summer run camp! It's not too late for 6-16 year olds to join. Go to


Group ride Saturday (6/1) leaving Crust Pizza in the Alden Bridge plaza at 7am.


Just a reminder to all FSC athletes that tonight is our last open water swim until late September. Hope to see you at Dan's place tonight at 6pm

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 05/06/2019

Congrats to Andreas Grossman for winning his age group at Gaitor Bait Trail Race - 20K on Apr 28.


Volunteers needed for Woodforest Bank Tri!
As you all know, we like to have all FSC athletes give back to the sport when they can. We have an opportunity to help out at the upcoming Woodforest Bank Sprint Tri (formally the CB&I Sprint tri). The race takes place on Saturday, May 11th but we also need help the day before the race. On a personal note, I have been responsible for the following positions for many years and always appreciate the enthusiastic help from all!

As in previous years, we are responsible for transition set up and bike check in the day before the race (Friday the 10th) and transition (3 different shifts to choose from), run course monitors and mount/dismount line monitors.
Everyone needs to sign up online at…/eventGroups/1327304/jobs

Here are the details for each position. Older teenagers are welcome to sign up also. Please contact me if you have any questions.
May 10, 2019
Transition Set Up – FSC’s Bob Bailey is lead volunteer
9:00 a.m. - 5/10/2019 1:00 p.m.
Assist Transition Coordinator in setting up the transition area for bike check-in.
Northshore Park
12 Jobs available
Bike Check-In
3:30 p.m. - 5/10/2019 9:30 p.m.
Assist athletes checking in their bikes the evening prior to race day.
Northshore Park
9 Jobs available
May 11, 2019
Transition - Shift A
4:30 a.m. - 5/11/2019 7:00 a.m.
Body Markers – Body mark the race participants with their designated race numbers. Helmet/Brake Checkers – Safety check bike equipment of participants. Floaters – Checking participants race #’s and directing to bike racks.
Northshore Park
12 Jobs available
Bike Mount/Dismount – FSC’s Sarah Moore is lead volunteer
6:15 a.m. - 5/11/2019 9:20 a.m.
Bike mount/dismount volunteers will inform and prepare athletes of the upcoming mount and dismount areas at the entry of Northshore Park. Loud voices will be key!
Northshore Park
6 Jobs available
Run Course Monitor – FSC”s Bill Glaser is the Coordinator
6:30 a.m. - 5/11/2019 10:30 a.m.
The primary goal of the run route course monitor is to help keep spectators and unauthorized vehicles off of the course, obtain assistance for injured runners, etc. Along with your road guard responsibilities we encourage you to cheer on the athletes. Communication is extremely important so that you know how race is progressing and to resolve any problems, make sure to have a cell phone with you.
Northshore Park
30 Jobs available
Transition - Shift B
6:45 a.m. - 5/11/2019 9:15 a.m.
Keep participants and spectators from entering Transition before authorized to do so, other duties as assigned by Transition Coordinator.
Northshore Park
10 Jobs available
Transition - Shift C
9:00 a.m. - 5/11/2019 11:00 a.m.
Keep participants and spectators from entering Transition before authorized to do so, other duties as assigned by Transition Coordinator.
Northshore Park
6 Jobs available

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2019 Oilman Texas 04/16/2019

2019 Oilman Texas

The Oilman half iron distance triathlon will NOT be taking place this coming fall. The RD hopes that it will return in 2020.

Turns out the resort is under new management and the will be closing for a few months while they do some renovations. More info below.

If looking for a fall half iron distance race, consider Kerrville HIM or 70.3 Waco.

2019 Oilman Texas As many of you may have seen recently in the news, La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa has been acquired by a new owner, Songy Highroads and The Wampold Companies. As a result of extensive renovations and enhancements to the resort, Songy Highroads and...

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 04/08/2019

Tough conditions at Ironman 70.3 in Galveston yesterday. Fine for pros but many AGers unable to finish after storm erupted and led to the race cancellation. Spectator photos before the storm!

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 04/08/2019

Congrats to Finish Strong athletes who raced at Muddy Trails 5k/10K in the Woodlands on Saturday!

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 03/03/2019

Congrats to Finish Strong athletes who ran The Woodlands Marathon/Half Marathon this morning! Great results for half marathon in no particular order: Bill Glaser 2nd masters in 1:26:12; Tabata Cooke 3rd in AG in 1:32:31; Sharon Morin 2nd in AG in 1:49:33; Dana Lyons 2nd in AG in 1:36:47; Bret Strong 1:48:59; Michelle Howard 1:58:31; Joseph Tokarz 1:55:00; James Carlson 1:35:58; James Rees 1:43:37; John McGowan 1:54:23; Hernan Martinez 2:08:20; Deb Lyons 1:56:29; Marcus Ratcliff 1:47:04; Suchart Tontapanish 2:10:41; Amie Quinn 2:20:36: Monica Lanman 1:56:45; Pamela Paling 1:58:10; Jessica Callan 2:52:38; Barry Carroll 1:50:40; Guillermo Locht 1:36:11; Richard Zambrano 2nd in vision impaired division in 2:10:53. Plus in marathon: Charles Granger 4:14:40; Scott Schweinsberg 4:16:23. Marathon relays with Kevin Baker in 4-man relay 1st in division in 2:54:38 and Katerina in mixed relay 3:56:54. Zakaria Maouche - couldn't find your results. Congrats to all!!!


Beautiful new team uniforms (tri, bike, run) available from Kiwami. Get your orders in quickly to enjoy 15% discount.


Congrats to Finish Strong's Bill Glaser who ran the Houston Marathon in 2:59:10 - a 5 minute PR - capturing 6th in his AG! Way to go Bill!


Congratulations to Team Finish Strong Racing athletes Jane Archer and Graham Elliott who place 1st and 2nd in their age groups at 70.3 Langkawi. Jane, also a coached Finish Strong Coaching athlete, accepted her slot to compete at the Worlds Championships in Nice, France next fall.

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 11/04/2018

Congrats to our athletes at Oilman and our volunteers! Y'all rock!

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 11/04/2018

Oilman half Ironman expo. Athletes enjoy NormaTec Recovery boots!

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 10/28/2018

Waco 70.3. Go get it team!!

Photos from Finish Strong Coaching's post 10/13/2018

Congrats to 36 FSC runners at today's 10 for Texas race! 6 AG wins; 3 2nd In AG plus master's winner, PRs and more!

Houston CF Climb 2018: PaPi's Warriors for Merritt & Campbell - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 08/29/2018

Houston CF Climb 2018: PaPi's Warriors for Merritt & Campbell - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Papi's Warriors for Merritt & Campbe ll
CF CLIMB - September 29, 2018
Participate, Volunteer or Donate to a Team Member
Click-on link below or go to CF Climb Houston 2018
Find Team: Papi’s Warriors for Merritt & Campbell
Join Papi's Warriors and help add tomorrows!
There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. We climb for them. Will you join us? All we need you to do to become a member of our team is click on the "Join our Team" button. From there you can make a donation and start your fundraising.
By becoming a member of our team and making a donation, you are joining a growing group of people committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Together, we are adding tomorrows to the lives of people living with CF by supporting the search for a cure.
CF Climb is a fun and unique event that empowers participants to take their search for a cure to new heights.
Climb Today. Add Tomorrows.
Rex Campbell/ Papi

Houston CF Climb 2018: PaPi's Warriors for Merritt & Campbell - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 2018 CF Climb Houston


Happy Monday everyone! This week's ride will be on Saturday, August 25th. Details below:

Location: Carl Barton Park Loop
Address: 500 South Loop 336 East, Conroe, TX 77302
Time: Meet at 6:30 a.m.
Wheels up at 6:45 a.m.

Ride as many loops as you need

R - Loop 336
R - SH 105
R - FM 1485
R - FM 3083
L - Gulf Coast Road
R - FM1314
R - Loop 336 back to Carl Barton Appx. 24 miles

Refuel and restrooms at Carl Barton

Hope to see y'all there!


We have a couple of training events coming up which we wanted to get on your radar:

September 8th ride will be held at our favorite brewery out in Montgomery

Location: Cycler’s Brewery
Address: 17105 Osborn Rd, Montgomery, TX 77356
Time: Wheels up at 7:00 a.m.
Distance: 40, 50 and 60 miles


We will be hosting a ride/run preview event for the Waco Ironman 70.3. This will be held on the Waco course.

Date: Saturday September 22nd
Time: 8:30 a.m. meetup and wheels up at 8:45 depart
Location: Bicycle World in Waco. Bicycle World will open at 8am just for us and you’ll be able to use the facilities and make any needed purchases (tubes, CO2, nutrition)
Address: 112 Mary Ave #1, Waco, TX 76701

We will bike the course and there will be optional run on first loop of run course or bike the run loop.

Many will be riding up early that morning and driving back after.

Please comment below with any questions! Hope to see you all there! 08/13/2018

Time to ride a few hills this coming weekend, Saturday, August 18th.

Meeting at Montgomery High School @ 6:30 and wheels rolling at 6:45.

Route below:

L - SH 105
R - Lonestar Parkway
L - FM 149
L - FM 1486 (Richards)
L - Johnson Road (Dacus) mile 27 (refueling point)
L - FM 1097
R - FM 149
R - Lonestar Parkway
L - SH 105

For those needing longer you can do a out/back on FM 2819 (Oilman Route)

See you Saturday! S This course was created on Garmin Connect. Make your own today. 08/08/2018

Happy Hump Day! Our ride this Saturday, August 11th will be as follows:

Location: YMCA Branch Crossing (Ashlane)
Meet at 6:15 am
Wheels Up: 6:30 am

We will be riding the Keenan Cutoff Route. Opportunity to refuel at the Shell Station on FM 2854 (mile 24)

For those needing more miles they can add the Rabon Chapel-Mail Route Loop as mapped below: This course was created on Garmin Connect. Make your own today.


Happy Monday! Our ride this week will be Saturday, August 4, 2018 from Carl Barton Park

Address: 2500 S Loop 336 W, Conroe, TX 77302

Meet @ 6:15 am and wheels up @ 6:30 am

Ride Distance: 2 Loops - approx 24 miles each

Hope to see you there!!


Happy Friday! Our ride this week will be tomorrow, Saturday, July 28th from the Y Branch Crossing.

Meet @ 6:30 am and wheels up @ 6:45 am

We plan to ride the Keenan Cutoff - 40 miles

For those looking for a shorter route, you can do a out/back to Magnolia High School.

Hope to see you there!!

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