Thursday, December 31, 2015

CB&I Tri Registration Begins January 1st. Expected to sell out in 9 days!

1.      Registration for CB&I Sprint tri opens tomorrow (January 1st) and is expected to sell out within days!  The race takes place on Saturday, April 30th and the registration fee is $110.  This is one of a few races that we encourage all FSC athletes to do or to volunteer.  FSC is responsible for the transition setup the day before the race and the transition and run course on race day.  Click here to register; .  It does not appear that you can sign up as a volunteer yet.  Before going to bed this evening, get online and register (assuming you are staying up past midnight)!

Finish Strong Coaching Acquires SelecTRI

Finish Strong Coaching Acquires SelecTRI Offering More Opportunities
for Youth and Junior Triathletes

Finish Strong Coaching, a premier multisport training organization led by Dana Lyons, is proud to announce its recent acquisition of SelecTRI, a youth and junior triathlon team directed by Mindy Reich, effective January 1, 2016. The acquisition will provide a continuum of training for athletes of all levels from beginners to elite and from age six to adults. Combined forces will provide SelecTRI’s youth and junior team a wider array of coaching experience and guidance. A larger group will also be more appealing to corporate sponsorships which are critical to help offset the expense of traveling for younger elite athlete. This will position SelecTRI  to expand and grow to a national prominence in the youth and junior arena. 

SelecTRI was the first youth and junior team in The Woodlands awarded the designation of a USA Triathlon (USAT) High Performance Team. High Performance Teams (HPT) play an integral role in the identification, recruitment, development, and age-appropriate competitive preparation of emerging youth elite, junior elite, and U23 athletes. USAT selects teams with the goal of developing well-rounded athletes capable of success at the highest levels of competition and progression within the USAT High Performance Program.

“There’s no question that SelecTRI is one of the premier youth/junior teams in the country. We are excited to build upon Mindy’s legacy by lending additional coaching expertise to further help young athletes reach their goals – whether beginners reaping the benefits of a healthy triathlon lifestyle or youth and junior elites chasing their Olympic dream.” Said Lyons.

Reich, who will be staying on to help with the transition, agrees. “Finish Strong Coaching is a wonderful choice to continue the program.  Dana is a dedicated professional coach who has successfully coached hundreds of triathletes of all ages and abilities. The combined coaching resources of Finish Strong Coaching and SelecTRI will greatly benefit our SelecTRI youth.” 

Happy New Year! Sunday Morning Run Locations for January with TWRC!

1     Happy New Year FSC Athletes!  For those of you who enjoy running on Sunday mornings with the Woodlands Running Club, here is the schedule for January. All runs leave promptly at 7am.

o     Jan 10, Place:  Whole Foods, Mileage:  6.5, 9.2 & 11
   Jan 17, Houston Marathon/Half Marathon
      For those not running Houston, Place:  H&H,  Mileage:  7 & 11
o       Jan 24, Place:  Brooklyn Bagel, Mileage:  9 & 11

o      Jan 31, Place:  Great Harvest, Mileage:  7.7,10.4 & 12

Monday, December 14, 2015

Northshore Jingle Bell 5K Race

Jingle Bell 5K Run held at Northshore Park in The Woodlands on Saturday, December 12 was a fun fundraiser for arthritis.  Finish Strong's Cheryl Perry and Yves Puisieux won their age groups at this race. Yves' wife,  Irina Shikounova, also ran and had a great time at the event.

Start of race.

Luke's Locker Jingle Bell Run

Finish Strong Youth Runners had fun running at the Jingle Bell Run hosted by Luke's Locker.  The fun run went along the beautifully tree-lit waterway.  Kids (and adults) enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies at Luke's Locker after the run.

Fun at Luke's Locker Jingle Bell Run!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

RunHouston Sugarland 10K

Congrats to Finish Strong's Dale Claudel for winning overall male master's at RunHouston Sugarland 10k on Saturday, December 5.  Dale finished with a time of 38:14!

Dale Claudel - Overall Male Master's Winner!

Run Girl 13.1

Congrats to Finish Strong's Shannon Crowe and Michelle Howard for taking 1st and 2nd in their age group at Sunday, December 6th Run Girl 13.1 race held at Duessen Park in Houston.  Way to go!!

Michelle and Shannon treated to pink boas and medals at RunGirl 13.1!

The North Face 50 Miler

Congrats to Finish Strong's Ronnie Delzer who ran The North Face 50 mile race on Saturday, December 5th in San Rafael, California.

Here's a quick race report summary from Ronnie, "Quick recap to today's TNF 50 mile race... Stuck to my plan at the beginning being conservative and letting the lead pack go off the front with the intentions of picking them off the last 15 miles. Wiped out really hard down a rocky dirt trail at mile four running sub 6 pace (not fun). A few more nasty falls between mile 25-28 and then ran scared (not part of the plan) and in quite a bit of pain from 28-35 (wah wah wahhh). I was so disappointed with my splits at that point that I got really angry and ran mad. This was actually very effective as It got me back into the zone (will try this more often). The last 15 miles were executed per my race plan and I was able to catch a few runners. My goal was to finish in less than 7 hours, but I'm happy that I was able to bounce back and finish strong. As a rookie to running hills I learned a ton that will definitely make me a better runner for future races of this caliber. I also left with a much higher pain tolerance smile emoticon. I believe I was 35th overall and official time of 7:32:... Thank you everyone for your support and well wishes over the past few days."

Texas10 Conroe

On Sunday December 7, Texas 10 Series Conroe was held - the final race of 2015 Series.  Runners had ideal cooler weather for a 10mile race! Kevin Baker achieved a 10 mile PR (by almost 1 minute) at 1:03:58 and 1st place AG, 7th overall, earning enough series points to get an overall series Armadillo cash prize! Nora Wilson took 1st in her AG (1:25:23), Ronnie MCCONACHIE ran a strong race (1:38:40).  Liah Olson ran a 1:41:38.3. Michelle Irving finished 8th in her AG with a negative split (1:37:54)

 In the 5 mile race, Katerina Savelieva took 3rd in her AG (41:13) and Shirley Santangelo for 4th AG (42:24)!

Kevin Baker wins his AG at Texas10 Conroe!

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

GE Run Through The Woods

Happy Thanksgiving!  45 (and counting) Finish Strong athletes enjoyed running at The Woodlands' GE Run Through the Woods with family and friends.  Once again, great turn out and fine results.  (Kudos to Russell Meyer for photos and compiling results for me.)

Belforti family - all run at Run Thru the Woods.  Gabe places 3rd male master's in 3 mile; Julia Belforti win her AG in 3 mile; son Oliver (in FSC run group) places 3rd in his AG, and twin sisters run the 1 mile.

Mike Menster and Bill Glaser

Cindy Byer, Joann Blakely, Skip Moschell

Skip Moschell, Brian and Greg Gohlke

Andreas and Pia Grossman

Rip Reynolds

Gabe Belforti

 Mike Menster wins male masters!

Pam Meaux wins her AG!

Another podium finish for Bill Glaser!

Rip Reynolds podium finish.

Kevin Baker wins his AG

Tim Vibrock podium finish

Results for 2015 - Run thru the Woods - 3 Miler
The Woodlands, TX on Thursday, 11/26/2015
Just of Finish Strong Members as of 10-2015

Female Finishers: 711
Male Finishers: 676
Total Finishers: 1387

Runner's NameChip TimeDivision Award
Carl Holt
3rd Male 45 to 49
Victor Martinez
3rd Male 40 to 44
Yves Puisieux
3rd Male 50 to 54
Ryan Myers
Ileana Carroll
Cesar Patino
Pia Grossmann
Ed York
Jeanette Hagelskaer
Gabe Belforti                 18:23          3rd male master's
Julia Belforti                  23:12           1st in AG

Run Thru the Woods Race Website

Results for 2015 - Run thru the Woods - 5 Miler
The Woodlands, TX on Thursday, 11/26/2015
Just of Finish Strong Members as of 10-2015

Female Finishers: 798
Male Finishers: 889
Total Finishers: 1687

Runner's NameChip TimeDivision Award
Michael Menster
1st Male Master Winners
Kevin Baker
1st Male 40 to 44
Rip Reynolds
3rd Male 45 to 49
Skip Moschell
2nd Male 55 to 59
Alan Jones
Hannah Novelli
3rd Female 20 to 24
Tim Vibrock
3rd Male 50 to 54
Casey Clark
Pam Meaux
1st Female 55 to 59
Andreas Grossmann
Cindy Byer
Sarah Moore
Phillip Deprang
Ann Erickson
1st Female 70 to 74
Adnan Afzal
Nora Wilson
Katerina Savelieva
Sharon Morin
Katherine Powell
Shirley Santangelo
Michelle Irving
Sarah Pietraszek-Mattner
Rebecca Schany
Janet Luna
Kathleen Crea
Sara Vanderford
Jeff Goodwin

Zachary Miller  30:40.1 1st in his AG!
Michael Novelli    36:04.3  
Reagon Alami           39:14.3
Bill Glaser               31:59.3 2nd in his AG

Oliver Belforti                        3rd in AG - 1 mile
Nick Mattner

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Terra Cyclo Cross Race

Congrats to Finish Strong Coach Chantal Requier who got 3rd place in Masters at the Terra Cylco-cross race at Terramount Park on Saturday, November 21.  Chantal reports, "I rode 4 loops in very wet conditions.  At times in ankle deep mud.  It was on of the most challenging 60 minutes of riding I’ve ever done.  My average HR was in the 170’s.  I did however get a free mud body mask."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bronda's Duathlon

Congrats to Finish Strong's Julio Morales who did back-to-back duathlons this past weekend on November 14 and 15th in Fort Worth.  At Bronda's duathlon, Julio finished 5th in his 40-44 AG with an overall time of 1:34:48.  Way to go!

5 Julio Morales 15:58.0 7:59/M 57:49.0 16.6MPH  17:57.0 8:58/M 1:34:48.0

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Monday, November 16, 2015

USAT Duathlon Long Course Championship

The 2015 USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championships were held in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, November 14.  This event qualified athletes for the 2016 Long Course Duathlon World Championship. Finish Strong Racing was well represented by Dana Lyons, Anna Lyons, Phillip Deprang and Julio Morales.  The event was a 10K run, 40K bike, 5K run.

Anna Lyons wins her AG!

Dana finishes 2nd in his AG!

Anna Lyons won her 17-19 age group with a time of 2:32:31.  She qualified for world's in Switzerland next year!

Julio Morales placed 13th in his 40-44 age group with an overall time of 2:54:46.

Dana Lyons placed 2nd in his 55-59 age group in 2:09:05.  He qualified for world's!

Phillip Deprang placed 12th in his age group with an overall time of 2:38:38.

Dana on the run.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Luke's Locker Upcoming Events

This week Luke's Locker has a ton of great events that are listed below.

6-7 pm shopping event with a 15% off discount OR you can bring in 5 canned foods to donate to Interfaith of The Woodlands Food Bank and get an additional 5% off* (great way to save 20%!!!); *normal discount exclusions apply.

7-8 pm: "Harvest your fitness" Shopping event & pumpkin workout. Please remember to B.Y.O.P. (bring your own pumpkin.)

GLOW RUN: Join us Thursday November 19 @ 6:15 pm for a 3 mile fun run around the Water Way. There will be free glow bracelets, Nathan running accessories (reflective vests, blinky lights, etc.) to demo, Brooks Adrenaline & Ravenna wear test, raffles for Nathan gear, & giveaways.

**We are encouraging participants to come in BRIGHT & REFLECTIVE gear for the Glow run. There will be a Nathan prize pack given to the BRIGHTEST runner in attendance.

2015 JINGLE BELL RUN: December 10th, 6:30 pm Our annual Jingle Bell is right around the corner. So get those jingle bells ready and join us for a family friendly fun run around the Water Way. As always festive holiday attire is encouraged and a Luke's Locker gift card will be awarded to the most festive dressed. We will finish up the fun run with free cookies and hot cocoa. Don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to our local Toys for Tots toy drive as well!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fairfield Duathlon

Wonderful podium finishes for all three of our Finish Strong athletes participating at Sunday, November 8 at the Fairfield Duathlon.   The race was a 1 mile run, 10 mile bike, 3.1 run race.  Perfect weather, albeit it a little windy on the bike course topped with a beautiful scenic run around two lakes.

Michelle Irving placed first in her age group (45-49) in 1:12:45.8
Gordon Irving placed first in his age group (45-49) in 1:07:53.6.
Ronnie McConachie placed second in his age group (40 – 44) in 1:17:54.7

Ronnie Mcconachie finishes 2nd in his AG!

Michelle Irving tops the podium in her AG!

Gordon Irving wins his AG!

Way to go team!!

Results: 5 7

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Orlando 13.1

Congrats to Finish Strong's Brittney Dio who won her AG at the Orlando 13.1 on November 8.

Brittney reports, "PR'd by almost 8 minutes for my second HM! 1:46:43 @ 8:05/mile πŸŽ‰πŸƒπŸ»And 1st in my age group!! ☺☺☺ I'm elated. Like over the moon. Like, what just happened?! πŸ™ˆ Zero knee pain & a male running buddy who thought he was keeping up with me and vice versa. πŸ‘πŸΌ February 28th this year I ran my first half in 1:54:09 and last night I had said "if I'm under 2:00, I'll be happy. Under 1:54, I'll be excited and under 1:50:00, ELATED." Thank you Finish Strong Coaching for a group of awesome motivators and role models and Stephen Clouthier for being such a supportive coach!"

Austin 70.3

Congrats to Finish Strong Racing athletes who completed the Austin 70.3 race on Sunday, November 8. Kudos to Kent Morris who finished 3rd in his AG in a time of 5:20.  Congrats also to Jesus Carias finished in 6:01; and Yves Puisieux in 6:52.

Kent comesback from a fractured metatarsal to place 3rd in his AG at Austin 70.3

Carias, Jesus HND 97 704 00:45:40 03:13:38 01:51:14 06:01:35

Morris, Kent USA 3 248 00:36:31 02:46:02 01:49:39 05:20:01

Puisieux, Yves FRA 34 1343 00:49:18 03:41:13 02:06:18 06:52:29

Way to go Finish Strong Racing Team!

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Monday, November 2, 2015

NYC Marathon!

Congrats to Finish Strong athletes completing the always challenging NY marathon on Sunday, November 1st.  Ken Page, Cesar Patino, Alberto Agostini, Sara Jones, and Andreas Grossman got 26.2 miles done!

Alberto on the run!

Elena and Alberto at NY marathon!

Andreas Grossman - NYC was his 10th marathon!

Ken Page saying "Hi" to his wife during NY marathon!

Sara Jones finishes with Mariana.
Cesar Patino.


Congrats to all our 21 Finish Strong athletes who competed in Oilman 70.3 race in Montgomery on Sunday, November 1.  Special shout out to Chantal Requier who was overall female winner of the Aquabike!  Lots of pics posted on our Finish Strong Coaching Facebook page - thanks Manuel Abascal and Carl Holt.  And special thanks to all the FSC volunteers at the finish line!  Great team effort!!

Abraham on the run!

Dale Claudel runs in for 2nd in AG finish!

Daniel Garstang looking strong!

David Kudlak conquers his first 70.3!

Ira competes in Aquabike!

Sisters Janet Luna and Sharon Morin both raced along with brother Keith!

Mike Loudis looking good!

Sara Portilla!

Sarah Moore rocked Oilman!

Sheri Bell getting it done!

Here's results:
7 Jennifer Colerick 31 42:38.8 3:13:25.5 17.4mph 2:21:39.5 10:49/M 6:27:38.2
10 Sarah Moore 37 31:49.6 2:52:21.6 19.5mph 2:21:12.5 10:47/M 5:50:03.6
12 Sara Portilla 37 49:08.1 2:52:50.6 19.4mph 2:22:56.7 10:55/M 6:11:03.5
19   Ashley Byers           35    47:51.8    3:46.9 22 16.1mph  2:17:26.1 10:29/M  6:42:59.9 - 1st 70.3!
24 Sheri Bell         35 51:05.5 3:29:29.9 16.0mph 2:36:03.4 11:55/M 7:06:17.6 - 1st 70.3!
10 Debbie Staton 44 47:13.9 3:14:53.8 17.2mph 2:07:18.3 9:43/M 6:12:48.8
18   Janet Luna               49 1:00:24.6    3:34:34.0 15.7mph  2:55:31.7 13:24/M  7:42:41.6 - 1st 70.3!  12   Sharon Morin          53    48:52.6 3 3:50:11.2 14.6mph  2:06:19.5 9:39/M    6:50:22.8

24 Bradley Finger 36 39:02.1 2:56:26.2 19.0mph 2:12:02.6 10:05/M 5:53:42.5
2      Dale Claudel           44   41:47.2 5 2:27:01.3 22.9mph  1:40:38.1 7:41/M     4:52:39.8
22    Mike Loudis           44    43:45.8   2:48:56.7 19.9mph  2:14:49.8 10:17/M    5:52:37.7
44    Matt Bowman        43     39:24.4   3:17:00.1 17.1mph  2:32:43.5 11:39/M    6:37:40.1
12    Daniel Garstang     45     34:01.1  2:43:03.8 20.6mph   2:25:27.5 11:06/M    5:46:33.8
28    Abraham Hernandez 45   55:21.7 3:07:01.0 18.0mph   2:04:53.5 9:32/M      6:11:49.1
43    Adnan Afzal             48  1:22:30.1 3:10:41.4 17.6mph  2:17:35.3 10:30/M     6:56:51.2
9      Kerry Gordon           52  43:37.3 5  2:53:40.7 19.3mph  1:59:25.0 9:07/M       5:41:35.0
27    David Kudlak           54  41:48.1     3:02:26.8 18.4mph  2:45:38.3 12:39/M     6:40:39.9
2      Jack Alexander         61 32:50.0 2   2:37:50.0 21.3mph  2:05:03.7 9:33/M      5:19:37.5

1 Chantal Requier 43 33:10.1 2 :42:13.1 20.7mph 3:17:39.9
17 Irasema De Aquino 44 56:18.4 3:57:38.4  14.1mph 4:58:36.0
18 Kathy Morris         51 1:04:20.8 3:53:40.1 14.4mph 5:01:34.2

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