Personal Coaching for Endurance Athletes


Training plans should fit around your life, not the other way around. During our initial conversation I’ll learn about your training preferences and design a program uniquely for you. I use the Training Peaks app to create and monitor your individualized plan.

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Send me a message to tell me about your training needs.

“Chris is a very dynamic coach, as he has helped me excel at every distance from the 5k to 50 miles.”

-Andrea McCusker



With a unique combination of 25 years of experience as an endurance athlete and a professional career as an exercise physiologist I know exactly what it takes to prepare for any endurance event.

-Chris J. Dunn,
Ascend Endurance Coaching


Holly Blais, Runner

"Chris has taught me a lot about being a runner and endurance athlete. His coaching combines important elements related to your mind, body and spirit to improve your performance. He also provides lots of timely feedback on workouts, works with your schedule (because “normal life” doesn’t stop) and shows a real passion for your growth as his client. Regardless of finishing times his coaching supports your growth overall...hitting a PR isn’t hitting the next level of achievement; it’s something else and his coaching just might get you to work harder and smarter to get there."

Deb Livernois, Runner

“I'm not a physically elite athlete by any means. I'm typically last in races, or pretty close to it. I've felt like I'm not worthy of having a coach because I would be an embarrassment to their business. What I've learned from Chris is that, though I'm not physically where I want to be, I am mentally one tough cookie, and thanks to his guidance, I'm achieving things I never thought possible. I'm proud of the athlete I'm becoming as a student of Ascend Endurance Coaching.”

Ken Wiley, Mountain Biker and Runner

“These are the traits, from least to most important, that I want when it comes to choosing and working with a coach.

  • Focused workouts (specific details, not just ride a bike today)
  • Workout Schedule (What to do each day)
  • Keeping me focused and honest (Check-ins and questioning why I did/didn't do something)
  • Motivation (Rub my ego just a bit)
  • Confidence in my ability (even more than I have)
  • Sincerity (The feeling that my coach is truly motivated to make me the best I can be)

Having specific workouts are great, but I can go online and figure that kind of stuff out. A workout schedule is even better, but again, I can go online, read a few articles, see what other cyclists are doing and come up with something that will work. The last 4 items however are not something you can do on your own and I feel are the keys to being a good coach. I feel I get them all and more having Chris J. Dunn as my coach. He has years of experience in many aspects of endurance athletics, he is very friendly, is very motivational and always seems to know what I need to hear to get me through things”

Tyler Lupien, Runner

"I have always been a runner. I ran high school and college cross county and track. As an adult, I found trying to balance work, family, fitness and trying to be my own coach very difficult. I had problems with training /over-training and motivation off and on. I also found myself with nagging injuries that ultimately culminated in a case of Achilles tendinosis that caused me to take almost two full years off from any sort of running.

I contacted Chris because I realized I could not do it all. I was not a good self coach, and I needed someone to discuss ideas with and help guide me with focused workouts. Chris and I talked about goals and objectives and then we came up with a plan. It was very structured, but also took into account that I am a self employed business owner with two young children. If I needed to skip a workout or alter it in some way, that was OK too and we could communicate as often as I needed. Also, very importantly, our plan had many scheduled rest and cross training days.

As a stubborn self coach, I would have never taken a bike day or a day off. Am I an Olympic athlete? Clearly not. But I feel like I reached my full potential and checked off a bunch of goals that would not have been possible without Chris as a coach. I recommend his service wholeheartedly with 5 stars."

Tell Me About Yourself

Send me a message to tell me about your training needs.