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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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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Galveston 5150 Training Program

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Galveston 5150 Olympic Distance Triathlon Group Training Program
Finish Strong Coaching invites you to join our 2014 Galveston 5150 (Olympic distance triathlon) group training program beginning July 7. The 11-week program leads up to Galveston 5150 held on September 21. The training program will prepare you for the race’s 1.5K swim, 40K bike, and 10K run.

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:

  • Kick off session on Sunday, July 13
  • 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 Olympic, half-Ironman, and Ironman distance races to help you succeed at Galveston 5150. Last year, 29 Finish Strong triathletes took on the Galveston 5150. All finished the race – for some it was their first Olympic distance race, many enjoyed personal bests, and some even had podium finishes.

Training begins Monday, July 7, 2013 and culminates with Galveston 5150 on September 21. Cost is only $235. Tech shirt included. (Price does not include race registration.)


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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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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. Cost is only $125.
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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

20-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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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 $8 per session or
purchase a 10 session punch card for $60.

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
dana@coachlyons.com

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 dana@coachlyons.com
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.