Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tim Monk launches Klean Athlete Supplement Product

Tim Monk recently launched a new product line of supplements geared toward keeping athletes healthy called Klean Athlete sports line produced by Douglas Laboratories.

Tim is interviewed about this successful product launch in this article that ran in the largest media organization for Dietary Supplements.

Check it out!  Finish Strong Coachig looks forward to offering these products to our clients in the near future.  Stay tuned.
Sometimes less is more, as in the new line of supplements from Douglas Laboratories called Klean Athlete. The line was formulated to help athletes feel healthier, without claiming to make them run faster or jump higher.

TWRC Sunday Morning Long Runs for October

If you are looking for company for your Sunday mornng long run, feel free to join The Woodlands Run Club.   Not a member?  Go to

Long run Sundays for the month of October:

Oct 7
Place:  Starbucks/Jamba Juice Market St
Time:  6:45am
Mileage:  we will be running a modified 10 for Texas practice run see below for the route

Oct 14
Place:  Brooklyn CafĂ© Panther Creek Village Center
Time:  6:45am
Mileage:  9 & 11

Oct 21
Place:  H&H Research Forest
Time:  6:45am
Mileage:  7 & 11

Oct 28
Place:  Starbucks/Sterling Ridge Kuykendahl
Time:  6:45am
Mileage:  7 & 12

10 for Texas Practice Run:

On Oct. 7th, the TWRC Sunday run will start from Market Street and run a modified* 10 for Texas course for safety reasons.

We will follow the 2012 10 for Texas course map (same as previous years) but we will stay on the path along Woodlands Parkway until East Panther Creek.  At East Panther Creek we will turn right, take East Panther Creek to Lake Woodlands.  We will stay on Lake Woodlands till Cochran’s Crossing Drive.  We will then take a left on Cochran’s Crossing Drive and run to Woodlands Parkway. We will u-turn, go back the way we came but staying on Lake Woodlands until it runs into Market Street.

·         11 miles if you go all the way to Cochran’s Crossing Dr/Woodlands Pkwy and turn around
·         6.5 if you turn around at Gosling

Miles 2.5 to 5.5 are run on Woodlands Parkway which no longer has a shoulder.


Monday, September 24, 2012

PCOS 5K Race

Finish Strong Racing Jesus Carias took 2nd overall at the PCOS 5K race held downtown at the Houston Aquarium next to the Bayou on September 23.  Jesus reports, "The race included four flights of stairs we needed to go up and down a loop, plus all the hills. I felt good though. and placed second overall!"  Congrats, Jesus!

Ragnar Napa Relay

Joshua Scott raced the Ragnar Napa relay on September 16th.  He ran three separate legs totaling 20 miles.  Josh reports, "Amazing race and event. The most challenging aspect was sleep deprivation!"  Josh's legs were Leg 1 4.9 mi @ 7:15/mi; Leg 2: 6.55 mi @ 7:40/mi; and Leg 3: 8.2 mi @ 7:55/mi.  The last mile was a 15% grade.  Ouch!  

Run for a Just Cause 10K

Art Fresquez takes 5th in his AG at the Run for a Just Cause 10K on September 23!

Galveston 5150 and Lonestar Sprint

Eleven Finish Strong triathletes took on the Galveston 5150 race on Sunday, September 23.
The race featured a 1.5K saltwater swim in the protected Offats Bayou, then biked a 40k scenic, breezy one loop course along the Gulf Coast, and finally ran 10K through Moody Gardens. 

Here are the results:

Kari Gilley 51st overall, 2nd in her 35-39 AG, 2:29:03
Kent Morris 52nd overall, 2nd in his 50-54 AG,  2:29:11
Clint Bryant 56th overall, 8th in his 40-44 AG, 2:29:59
Jane Foley  59th overall, 4th in her 35-39 AG, 2:30:23
Rip Reynolds 63rd overall, 4th in his 45-49 AG, 2:31:37
Chris Bergfield, 80th overall, 7th in his 25-29 AG, 2:36:21
Susan Hardwick-Smith 158th overall, 3rd in her 45-49 AG, 2:52:38
Cindy McManis, 177th overall, 1st in her 50-54 AG, 2:55:50
Federico Mezzatasta, 210th overall, 6th in Clydesdale 39-, 3:02:20
Will Blackbird, 245th overall, 12th in his 50-54 AG, 3:08:21

Lonestar Sprint
Stephen Clouthier, 7th in his 40-44 AG, 1:16:12

Congrats to all our athletes!

For more detailed split info on your favorite participant, go to Name, Bib No., or City)&Division=All:1348520357706

 Kent and Kathy Morris took 2nd in their AGs at Galveston races -- Kent in the 5150 and Kathy in the sprint.
Post-race group photos!  Kudos to Cindy McManis (far left) for winning her AG and Kari Gilley for taking 2nd in her AG!

Running of the Bulls

Finish Strong Racing Taylor Riall won her age group at the Running of the Bulls 5K held on Saturday, September 22 in Houston.  Taylor's official time was 22:48. The race finished at the Reliant Stadium.  Taylor says her next goal is to break 22 minutes.  She finished first in her age group and 117 overall.  Way to go, Taylor!

Woodforest Charity Run 10K

Finish Strong Racing's Brandon Sager won the first annual Woodforest Charity Run 10K held in Conroe on Saturday, September 22.  Brandon finished in 35:46.  Coming in second overall was Finish Strong's Chris Weir who finished in 37:53.  Finish Strong's mother-daughter team -- Suzanne Young and Aubrey Young -- both claimed first in their age groups.  Aubrey claimed first in 10-19 AG with a finishing time of 52:28.  Suzanne finished first in her 50-59 AG with a time of 56:37.  Congrats to all our athletes!

 Brandon Sager and Chris Weir are all smiles after capturing 1st and 2nd place overall at the race.
 Aubrey Young finished 1st in her 10-19 AG at the Woodforest Charity 10K.
Suzanne Young finished first in her 50-59 AG at teh Woodforest Charity 10K.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Trifecta Tri

Finish Strong's Scott Pinkston race the Trifecta Tri on September 16 in Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas.  Scott had an amazing race with a PR for this intermediate distance tri finishing in 2:43:29.  He was 9th in his competitive 40-44 AG and 35th overall.  Scott had the 6th fastest swim in the entire race with a time of 22:55 (1:32/m pace).  He finished the bike leg in 1:21:14 (18.3 mph/pace) and the final run in 53:35 (8:39/mi pace).  Congratulations, Scott!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Toughest 10K Kemah

Finish Strong Coach Kimberly J. Mac Namee was the overall female winner at the Toughest 10K Kemah race held on Saturday, September 15.  Kim's time was 39:22.  Her husband and fellow coach, Richard Mac Namee won his male age group 45-49 and was 17th overall.  Congrats to both!

Scott Peterson featured in Motivate Section of Houston Chronicle

Check our your Houston Chronicle's Motivate section page 8 for the article, "Going the Distance:  Ironman traithlete's secrets:  good coaching, year round training."  The article interviews Finish Strong Coaching athlete Scott Peterson who finished in the top 100 at Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas in May.  (Thanks for your comments about the importance of a good coach, Scott!  I appreciate it! - Dana)

See below for reprint of article:

Houston Chronicle "Motivate The Woodlands" September 2012 Issue

Scott Peterson completes the Ironman Texas Triathlon in the top 100.

Going the Distance:  Ironman Triathlete's Secrets: good coaching, year-round training
By Megan Mattingly-Arthur

Scott Peterson of The Woodlands finished in the top 100 in the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas traithlon held on May 19.  Peterson, along with more than 2,000 other triathletes, completed a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Woodlands, followed by a 112-mile bike through east Texas farmlands and a 26.2 mile run through The Woodlands.

Q:  What motivates you?

A:  At this point, I think it's just good to have a challenge.  I like to challenge mywself a little bit more.  I always need a competitive outlet, which is one of the reasons I picked up triathlons.  I like to push myself to meet each new challenge.

Q:  How long does it usually take you to train to compete in a big event such as the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas Triathlon?

A:  Ironman usually requires about 20 weeks of training for the specific event, but I guess you could argue that you're training all year round.  Training specifically for it gives you a better starting point.  For an Ironman, people usually devote 10 to 15 weeks to build up to that event.

Q: How do you track your athletic progress when you're training?

A:  My main training tool is TrainingPeaks.  I have a coach (Dana Lyons Finish Strong Coaching) and he actually writes my workout for me every week.  He has the ability to just load it right up to that website, so it's an easy way for me to communicate with my coach.  It tracks any and every metric, and monitors my time, miles and heart rate for all my runs.

Q.  Do you have any advice for people who are considering competing in their first triathlon?

A:  Finding a good coach is critical.  That's the single best advantage and makes it a lot easier to achieve your aggressive goals.

Monday, September 10, 2012

World Championships 70.3 Las Vegas

Finish Strong Racing's Linda Trinkle headed to Las Vegas to try her luck at the World Championships 70.3 Las Vegas.  This was a tough comeback race since Linda's recovery from surgery for a broken collar bone.  Linda finished in 6:15:14.  Her splits were 51:28 swim, 2:54:55 bike, and 2:20:13 run.

Linda reports, "The course was so tough! I have never seen so many people walking, and a bunch of them are headed for Kona! People dropping out all day. It was ugly. After one loop of the run my mantra was... You will finish!"  (And, of course, she did!) 

For further breakdown on Linda's race, go to

Houston Oaks True Tri Sprint Triathlon

Finish Strong Racing's Dana Lyons and Ed York competed in the Houston Oaks True Tri Inaugural Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, September 9 in Hockley, Texas.  Dana won the men's master's division and was 5th overall with a time of 1:35:59.  Ed won his AG and was 8th overall in 1:38:56.  The event took place at the Houston Oaks Country Club with a 500 meter open water lake swim, a 21 mile rolling hills bike ride, and an 8K run through a multi-surface run course.  Dana and Ed both agreed this is a great race venue.

For more race results, go to

Maui Channel Swim

The Woodlands Channel Surfers (with Finish Strong members - Charlie Schuber and Suzanne Devore along with Tim Floyd, Nancy Schuber, David Prasifka, and Deb Nunnalle) came in 4th in the Mixed Makule division of the Maui Channel Swim held on September 1 with a time of 5:22:34.
Here's a report from Charlie:  "This race is a timed relay with six swimmers per team. At the start of the race, each swimmer swims half-hour legs until all team members have raced. Then each swimmer swims a 10-minute leg until they cross the finish line. Every team has a dedicated escort boat. The boat captain acts as the navigator for each team. Swimmers compete in seven categories based on the ages and sexes of the team members.  The race course officially starts at the pier at Club Lanai on the island of Lanai and ends on the beach in front of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel on the island of Maui.  The distance between start and finish as "the bird flies" is approximately 9.9 miles.  As noted, the actual distance swum is longer depending on currents, winds, etc.  Each team is responsible for their own navigation and, as such, at various points during the race, escort boats of all shapes and sizes dot the horizon with everyone thinking they have the shortest route.  Depending on conditions, the fastest teams finish in 3 to 4 hours.  The race has a time limit of 8 hours and it is not uncommon that teams do not finish."  (source Maui Channel Swim Race Site)