Monday, July 29, 2013

Kiwanis Kids Tri

The Kiwanis Kids Tri was held at the S. Montgomery County YMCA for ages 7-12 on July 27 in The Woodlands.  Among the kids competing was Spencer Clouthier, 8 years old, who conquered the 50 meter swim, 1 mile bike, and 1/4 mile in just 9:50.   Spencer Clouthier, who participated in Finish Strong Coaching's Youth Summer Tri Camp, came in 5th among all the 8 year old boys.

Way to go, Spencer!

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Tri Waco

Finish Strong's Dana Lyons and Tim Vibrock qualified for USAT Olympic distance nationals by putting in great races at the Tri Waco Olympic distance tri held on Sunday, July 28.  Dana won the grandmaster's division and 9th overall in a time of 2:16:24 (pictured below).   Tim came in 2nd in his 50-54 AG in 2:22:28.
Susan Hardwick-Smith came in 5th in her 45-49 AG in a time of 3:06:16.  Tami Fincher did her first Olympic and had a great time finishing in 3:30:25.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

PIttsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race

Congratulations to Finish Strong's husband-and-wife duo Sara and Alan Jones who raced the Pittsburgh triathlon sprint distance race (600 m swim 20k bike 5k run) on July 27.
Alan Jones takes 2nd in his AG!
Sara Jones takes 1st in her AG

Sara finishes strong!

Sara placed 1st 35-39 age group. Sara was able chase down her age group opponent who led the race untill the last 1/4 mile where she succombed to sara's blazing speed to clinch 1st in her AG for her 1st podium finish and only in her 3rd triathlon debut ever.

Alan placed 2nd 40-44 age group and 22nd overall. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Okoboji Tri

Finish Strong Coaching's Becca Novelli was the overall female winner of the Okoboji Triathlon held on July 20.  The tri featured a .6 mile swim, an 18 mile bike around West Lake Okoboji, and a 4.5 mile run finishing at the State Pier in Arnold's Park. Becca finished in 1:38:57.  Way to go!

For more on results, go to

Monday, July 22, 2013

10 for Texas Group Begins!

Our 10 for Texas Run Group met for our first group training session on Saturday.  Great looking bunch!  Don't miss out!  Feel free to join us.  

Katy Flatland Ride

Finish Strong's Ira and Manuel Abascal biked the Katy Flatland Ride.  Ira did 68 miles in 4:04.  Manuel biked 100 miles in 5:39.  A very enjoyable ride!
Irasema and Manuel Abascal at Katy Flatland Ride!

Mizuno Wear Test at 6am at Luke's Locker on Tuesday, July 23rd!

Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 23) Luke's Locker in Market Street in The Woodlands is hosting a Mizuno wear test for the newly released Sayonara! This shoe is replacing the Mizuno Precision & has received good reviews. All runners are invited to stop by tomorrow morning at 6am to do a free test run. Snacks & juice provided post run.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Olympic Tri in Maldon, England

Finish Strong Coaching's Jane Archer Foley won the Olympic distance triathlon in Maldon, England. Below is a pic of Jane accepting the first female finisher trophy. 

Stillwater Log Run

Congrats to Finish Strong Coaches Kim and Richard Mac Namee who raced the Stillwater Log Run in Minnesota on July 20.   Kim raced the 10 mile race and placed 4th overall and 1st female in 1:03:31 (6:20min/mile).  Richard ran the 5k and placed 6th overall and 1st Masters in 19:09 (6:10min/mile).

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

USAT National Rankings - Dana

USAT National Rankings are in!  Coach Dana Lyons ranked 1st in his AG for triathlon and 2nd in his AG for duathlon.  In order to be ranked, you must be a USAT member and race in a minimum of three USAT sanctioned races (triathlon, duathlon, aquathon, etc.) in the past year.

To see your ranking, check this site:

Monday, July 15, 2013

USAT Youth Elite/Junior Elite Cup - West Des Moines, Iowa

Finish Strong Racing's Lane Barron competed in the USAT Youth Elite Cup held at West Des Moines, Iowa on July 14. Lane came in 20th out of 66 participants.  He swam the first leg in 5:22 (1:26 pace), biked 19:45 (18.8 mph), and ran 9:49 (6:20/mi pace) finishing in a time of 34:56.  Way to go, Lane!

For more on race results, go to

Muskoka 5150

Finish Strong's Lisanne Rogers enjoyed a PR at the Muskoka 5150 (Olympic distance tri) in Huntsville in Ontario, Canada on July 13.  Lisanne finished in 2:55:49. 

  Lisanne reports, "My bike was much better-1.25.36. Tri bike was great and my legs felt better when I got off like you said they would. Swim was a 32.05 and run 53.04. It was hot and hilly for the run. I am tired but happy with the results."  Woo hoo!

The race is a qualifier for Ironman Canada, Hyvee U.S. Championship or 2014 World Championship.

Exterra Magnolia Hill Off-Road Triathlon

Finish Strong's Travys Townson competed in the Exterra Magnolia Hill Off-road Triathlon.  The race consisted of a 800m lake swim, 14 mile mountain bike and 4 mile trail run.  Travys placed 2nd in his AG (35-39) and 11th overall.  His overall time was 2:03:04.  His splits were swim 18:32, T1 1:21, Bike 1:12:12, T2 0:47, Run 30:10.

Travys reports, "It was fun to ride the Mountain Bike for the first time in a long time. 

I was a bit slow on the technical single track and the run on the sandy section were tough."

Congrats, Travys!

Aggieland Tri

Congratulations to Finish Strong athletes -- Katherine Barron, Carolyn Barron, Michelle Irving, Chris Wendt, and John McGowam on their successful races at Aggieland Tri on July 14.

TRI Aggieland featured a 400-meter snake-style swim in the world class, Texas A & M Natatorium, followed by a 12-mile bike on campus and College Station roads, followed by a 5K run on paths meandering through the beautiful Texas A&M campus.

Katherine Barron finished 2nd in her under 18 AG in a time of 1:12:34.
Caroline Barron finished 4th in her 40-44 AG in a time of 1:19:27.
Chris Wendt finished 3rd in his 40-44 AG in a time of 1:03:43.
John McGowan finished in his 40-44 AG in a time of 1:13:55.
Michelle Irving finished 4th in her 45-49 AG in a time of 1:23:33.

 Chris Wendt - tearing up the course!
John McGowan gets high five from his son!

Katherine and Carolyn.

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Shadow Creek Ranch Triathlon

Finish Strong Racing triathletes competed at the Shadow Creek Ranch Triathlon in Pearland on Sunday, July 14.  This was a sprint distance 500 meter swim, 16.8 mile bike, 3.23 mile run.

Meril Moen on podium -- finishes 1st in his AG!

Ann Erickson won 1st in the female 70 and over time with a finishing time of 1:29:45.  (And her time would have placed her 3rd in 50-54, and she beat all the other ladies over 50.)  Ann's splits were 11:26 swim, 47:02 bike (21.4 mph), and 27:02 run (8:22/mile).

Meril Moen won 1st in his 55-59 AG with a time of  1:19:11.  His splits were 11:30 swim, 40:38 bike, 24:44 run. 

Tommy Behe also had a nice race.  He finished in 1:17:52.  (9th in 35-39 AG). His splits were 8:55 swim, 42:59 bike and 24:16 run.

Vic Kaiser also competed and completed the race in 2:11:10.  Vic's splits were 13:15 swim, 56:50 bike, and 53:41 run.  

Way to go, FSR athletes!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July Workout!

Great turn-out by 60 athletes from Finish Strong and Outrival who participated in our joint 4th of July Workout!  Many of you took part in the track, swim, and/or bike workout.  A good time was had by all.  Check out our Facebook page  -- Finish Strong Coaching -- for lots of photos taken by Corey Oliver.

4th of July Run Wild 5K

Finish Strong gals looked great on July 4th at the Run Wild 5K in Houston.

Finish Strong Coach Kim Mac Namee and Charley-Grace ran to first place finishes.  Kim was 1st Overall Female in 18:12 (5:53 min/mile).  Charley-Grace was the first girl in the 1km “Fun Run”. (Pictured below)

Nora Wilson finished 2nd out of 33 women in the 55-59 AG. (pictured below)

 And Jan Kaiser finished in 39:18.  Great job.

Nora reports, "The Run Wild 5K race starts and ends in Uptown Park, off the I-610 loop.  It's a very pretty course that winds around the fringe of the attractive Tanglewood neighborhood, offering occasional shade from mature trees on a hot and humid summer day.  The race is always a good one, benefiting Special Olympics Texas.  The 5K starts at 7:30 and the kids' race is at 8:30.  After the race, runners were treated to door prizes, music, breakfast tacos catered by McCormick & Schmick's, Michelob Ultra, Katz Coffee, etc."


Monday, July 1, 2013

Y Freedom Tri

Finish Strong's husband-and-wife duo  -- Kent and Kathy Morris raced the Y Freedom Tri on Sunday, June 30th.  Kent won 1st place in his age group. He was 8th overall out of around 400 athletes and shaved 1:10 off last year's time. Kathy knocked almost 20 minutes off her time from last year and was 4th out of 9 in her division.  Wow!  Go Kent and Kathy!

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Electric Run

Fun was had by all who ran the Electric Run 5k on Saturday, June 29th at night.  The Abascal family, Cervantes family, Susie Schreiber and 8,000 others participated!