Finish Strong Coaching
Your Winning Formula for Success
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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.
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2014 Houston 1/2 and Full Marathon Training Program

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13-week plan leading up to Houston
Training Program Begins October 18th
Finish Strong Coaching can help prepare you to achieve your best marathon or half marathon. The program includes twice weekly training sessions and weekly training schedules based on your ability.
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2014 Woodlands Full / Half Marathon and 5K Training Program

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The Woodlands Marathon & Half Marathon Training Program
Offered by Finish Strong Coaching

We are The Official Coach for The Woodlands Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K Races

19-week plan leading up to The Woodlands Marathon and Half Marathon

Training Program Begins Saturday, October 18th
Finish Strong Coaching, the Official Coach for The Woodlands Marathon and Half Marathon can help prepare you to achieve your first or best marathon and half marathon. The program includes twice weekly training sessions and weekly training schedules based on your ability.

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“Cycling with Power: The Revolutionary Approach to Training and Racing” from 3:00-4:45pm on Sunday, October 5th at The Woodlands Memorial Hermann Hospital Conference Room A/B.

Why do you need a power meter?  The short answer is that you simply are more likely to achieve your race goals by training—and racing—with a power meter than without.  It is the most effective tool you can get to go faster on a bike. Power cuts through all the compromising factors that dilute the significance of time, distance, speed, or heart rate as measures of performance.  In this session, we will discuss the basics of power, training and racing with power, and advanced Power Meter use.  Here’s why I want you to know about the Power Advantage.  Most training systems only allow you to measure your body’s response to the work. The actual amount of work you perform remains a mystery – or at best an estimate.  Why is this a problem?  Doing too much work means injury and overtraining risk.  Too little means you’re not getting the maximum benefits you want.  When power is measured your training becomes that much more effective.   Limited seating.  Handouts included.

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FSC’s 2014-15 School Year Youth Run Program

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Youth Run Program
Finish Strong Coaching offers a school year youth run program to help kids develop a lifetime love for running. We offer 4 nine-week sessions suitable for 4th – 8th graders. Each session will develop and encourage children of all running abilities to progress from their current level of fitness to improve their times and run further distances.

Our 2014-15 school year sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-6:50pm and Saturdays from 8-8:45am. The coached workouts are designed to help improve your student’s endurance, strength, speed and run technique.

Session 1 September 2 – October 25
Session 2 October 28 – January 17
Session 3 January 20 – March 28
Session 4 March 30 – May 30

The program begins September 2 and will continue when school is in session every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. We typically meet Tuesdays from 6:15 -6:50 at McCullough Junior High School track. Location for Thursday and Saturday sessions will vary. Please check web site calendar for latest info.

All abilities welcome. Sign up today for one, two, three or all four sessions. Minimum of ten participants required. The cost is $75 for each 9-week session. Late fee of $10 will be assessed if payment is not made 48 hours in advance of each session.

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Ten for Texas Group Training

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10 for Texas Group Training by Finish Strong Coaching
Begins July 19 – Sign up today!

Get the motivation and coaching you need to prepare for the ten-mile 10 for Texas race. This comprehensive 12-week group training program prepares runners for the 10 for Texas race held on October 11, 2014 in The Woodlands.

The program begins on Saturday, July 19th and is designed for the beginner through advanced runner who is looking to improve their performance. Even if you’ve never run a 10 mile race, but you’ve completed a 5k race or currently run 3 to 4 times per week for 30 minutes or longer – this program is for you! Experienced runners who enjoy training with a group and receiving helpful coaching tips will also benefit from this program.

The group meets Saturday mornings at 7am and Tuesday evenings at 7pm. You get great coaching from a certified and experienced coach, a supported weekly workout, an online daily training program (beginner through advanced) with warm-up, workout, cool down, stretching and other tips, technical running shirt, and more.

The training program is only $100 before June 1. $120 After June 1st. (Price does not include race registration.)

Find out how expert coaching can help you run to the best of your ability!
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Oilman Texas Training Program

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Oilman Texas 2014 Group Training Program beginning July 27th.

Finish Strong Coaching invites you to join our 2014 Oilman Texas (half Ironman distance triathlon) group training program beginning Monday, July 28. The 14-week program leads up to Oilman Half Ironman held on November 2. (The program can be modified for those competing in Austin 70.3 race on October 26.)

The program includes detailed daily workouts, your online training log, and many opportunities for you to directly interact with coaches at special workout sessions and classes, including:
  • Kickoff meeting to overview program on Sunday, July 27 from 3-5pm
  • Monday & Wednesday tri specific coached swim workouts (7– 8 pm)
  • Tuesday night track workouts (7-8 pm)
  • Open water swims in Lake Conroe
  • Seminar on nutrition, hydration and race strategy
  • Group rides and runs available
Our coaches have years of experience coaching and competing in half Ironman distance and full-Ironman distance races to help you succeed at Oilman or Austin 70.3. Last year, Finish Strong Coaching had 27 athletes competing at Oilman. All 27 finished the race – for some it was their first half Ironman distance race, many enjoyed personal bests, and some even had podium finishes.

Training begins Monday, July 28, 2014 and culminates with Oilman Half Ironman on November 2. Cost is only $275. Tech shirt included. (Price does not include race registration.)

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Ironman Texas Group Training Program

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Ironman Texas Group Training
Ironman Texas 2015 is May 16th, 2015. It’s Time to Get with the Program!

Finish Strong Coaching invites you to join our 2015 Ironman Texas training group.

For the past four Ironman Texas races, Finish Strong Coaching has helped 85 athletes cross the finish line -- 64 who competed in their very first Ironman. We also boasted many returning athletes achieving personal best times.

Our program is much more than your typical on-line training program. The Finish Strong group program will contain many opportunities for direct interaction with
coaches at special workout sessions and classes. We have lived and trained on the roads being used in IM Texas and will use our years of coaching experience including multiple finishes at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii to help you Finish Strong.

Training begins Sunday, January 4, 2015. Sign up before November 1, 2014 and receive a complimentary two-month IM Texas Prep Plan.

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Tri-Specific Swim Workouts

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Tri-Specific Swim Workouts
The Finish Strong Coaching tri specific masters swim venue is now located at the Creekwood Park Pool on S. Panther Creek across from McCullough Jr. High School. Swims begin at 7:15 PM. Consult the calendar for time and location changes.
Rest room and outdoor shower facilities are also available. There are no swim “toys” so please bring your own kick board, paddles and pull buoy. Coached athletes may attend free of charge. Non-coached athletes may attend for $10 per session or
purchase a 10 session punch card for $70.

Tuesday Night Track

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Tuesday Night Track
Join us every Tuesday at McCullough Jr High School starting at 7:00 PM for a weekly track session to help improve your endurance, strength, speed and technique. All abilities are welcome.  Track is lit.  Please consult the calendar for time and location changes.

Train with Power

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Train with Power
The fastest and most efficient way to improve your cycling is to learn how to train and race with power. Finish Strong coaching can provide training plans and power meter rentals.
To try a power meter or discuss training plans using power, email Dana at

For more information on Power Training, click here.

Klean Athlete® Nutritional Supplements

Finish Strong is now an official affiliate partner with Klean Athlete® Nutritional Supplements. Click on the link to the left and pick your favorite Klean items and get 15% off at checkout.

Karbon Speed Preferred Wheel Supplier

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Bike Fit for Triathletes

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Bike Fit for Triathletes
Finish Strong Coach Dana Lyons is F.I.S.T. certified to offer you expert Tri Specific bike fitting. If you bought a new tri bike or don’t feel 100% comfortable with your current triathlon riding position, Dana can help evaluate and adjust your position, including the cleat/pedal interface, to give you the individual fit you need.
To make an appointment, email Dana at
For more information on Bike Fit, click here.

Dana Lyons, founder of Finish Strong Coaching, has been an avid competitive athlete for over 25 years in local, national and world multisport events.  Dana is the 2009 USAT SMW Regional Duathlon Champion, top ranked duatlete and top ranked master’s triathlete. Dana also competed in the 2008 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Motivated by his passion for multisport and his desire to help others, Dana launched a coaching service and for the past five years has been helping athletes of all abilities to train while maintaining balance in their family life and career.  Dana’s winning strategy is to train smarter not longer.