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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9th Annual Youth Summer Run Program

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9th Annual Youth Summer Run Program

The 9th Annual Youth Summer Cross Country program for rising 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will be held once again during summer break at McCullough Junior High School. Finish Strong Coach Dana Lyons and his team of experienced coaches offer a program designed to help girls and boys get ready for the fall cross country season. The workouts will help improve your endurance, strength, speed and run technique.

The 10-week program begins on Monday, June 9 and runs through August 22 with one week off for the 4th of July holiday (June 30 - July 4.) We will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 8am at McCullough Junior High School track. Monday and Wednesday workouts will consist of longer, easy runs of 30 to 45 minutes with focus on form and technique. Friday workouts will be structured, high intensity sessions to prepare the boys and girls for fall races.

Runners are grouped by ability. All abilities welcome. All participants receive a t-shirt and a weekly training plan. Sign up by May 7 and pay only $110. Cost after May 7 is $125. Click here to sign up today.
Click here to sign up today.

Spring Running Program

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Spring Running Program
Join the fun and get ready to run your fastest spring and summer 5K or 10K race with Finish Strong Spring Run Program – March 10 – July 6, 2014. This is a 17-week structured training program for advanced, intermediate, and beginning runners offered by Finish Strong Coaching that prepares you for Muddy Trails 10K/5K race; Run the Woodlands 5K, and any 4th of July 10K/5k race. The program kicks off on Saturday, March 8th at 7am with an introduction and easy group run. The program includes Tuesday evening track workout at 7pm at McCullough Jr High (Click here for more information.)

CB & I Group Training Program

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CB&I Tri Group Training Program

Are you planning to do CB&I Tri, the top-rated Woodlands sprint triathlon on May 3, 2014? If so, train with Finish Strong Coaching. We are the official coaching organization for the CB&I Triathlon. Let our experienced coaches prepare you for your best tri.

Our 12-week training program begins on Sunday, February 9. You will enjoy coached group workouts with qualified, certified and experienced coaches. A low coach- to- athlete ratio will ensure that you are right on track to having a great race.

The kick off meeting will take place February 9th from 3-4:30 at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands

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10 For Texas Training Program

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Ten for Texas Group Training by Finish Strong Coaching Begins July 19th – Sign up today! Finish Strong Coaching is proud to once again be the sponsor and official coach for the 10 for Texas race. Join us and get the motivation and coaching you need to prepare to do your best at this popular ten-mile race held on October 11, 2014 in The Woodlands.

Our comprehensive 12-week group 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 May 1. $120 After May 1
st. (Price does not include race registration.)
Find out how expert coaching can help you run to the best of your ability! Click here to sign up!

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 $8 per session or
purchase a 10 session punch card for $60.

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.)

Click here to sign up

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.

Monthly Youth Run Program

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Youth Run Program
Finish Strong Coach Dana Lyons is offering a Youth Run program for 5th-8th graders. The workouts are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15-6:45pm and are designed to help improve your student’s endurance, strength, speed and run technique. Sign up a month at a time. The cost is just $20 per month. The program began September 10 and will continue when school is in session every Tuesday and Thursday. We typically meet Tuesdays from 6:15 -6:45 at McCullough Junior High School track. Location for Thursday sessions will vary. Please
check web site calendar for latest info.
All abilities welcome. Sign up today. Minimum of six participants required.
Click here to sign up today.

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 enter the code FSR15 at check out to receive your 15% team discount!

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.