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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