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Alison Dennis is an inspiring athlete known for her determined approach. She actively seeks out challenges and pushes herself both mentally and physically. A true “go-getter,” Alison’s enthusiasm for personal and professional growth is evident in her willingness to step out of her comfort zone. Her journey serves as a motivation for others, highlighting the importance of resilience and a positive mindset in overcoming any obstacle in her way.

Finding Killer Coach, Tricia the now old fashioned way – Google- she typed in search terms physical therapist and cycling coach and the rest was history. Alison contacted us with a big dream goal of wanting to do the Pisgah Stage Race, just having moved to Laramie – also known as “Laradise” Wyoming. Having no idea that the two Killer Coaches she just contacted lived in Brevard, NC and Laramie, WY it seemed like a match made in heaven.

You can learn more about Alison’s work by going to the website or following them on social media. There is also a great Podcast from Killer Coach, Melissa where they both talk about surviving and thriving with an inoperable brain tumor! You can check that out here.

This series will highlight current and past Killer Coach family athletes and their inspirational stories, so that you will see similarities in yourself and your journey.

The hope is that you are motivated to set big goals of your own and set out on a grand adventure, whatever that means for you.

Knowing that others share challenges of too little time, inconvenient health issues, massively packed calendars and still do big things means it is possible. You have to believe and you may need a team to help you see that initially. This is the service that we provide. Big dreams realized, but chopped into small digestible pieces.

Before you know it you are inspired, committed and doing the big thing that you never dreamed you could do. 

Alison is a true inspiration and we are happy to know her and call her a friend. She’s really badass, honestly.


Here are some words from Alison:

Background: Tell us a little bit about you and what you are training for?

“I am currently trying to balance a few sports more evenly (last year was heavy on the biking) so my bike training goals this year are simpler this year, to make space for climbing goals. For bike, my goals are to have faster overall times for my local Wyoming races.”

Struggles: What are your (past or current) struggle and how do you deal with them?

“I struggle with fatigue and endurance along with uncertainty with balance and proprioception. I’m trying to fix this with a mix of yoga, strength and core training, plus biking, biking, biking. I’m also trying to not be too hard on myself and just be amazed and grateful that my body works enough to mountain bike at all (not to mention race?!), after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumor.”

Athletic achievements: What are you most proud of?

“I’m most proud that I finished a “3 day” stage race and wasn’t last (overall, in my age group, nor either gender class) just over a year out from chemo/radiation for my brain tumor. It was also my 5th bike race ever. Woah!”

Motivation: What keeps you going and focused on putting in the hard work to get to the finish line (or even the start line?)

“I’m motivated when I see improvements and believe in the training plan. I enjoy the natural chemical release of feeling good after a workout (no matter how tired). Years ago, I was at a presentation where Will Gadd said that he, “never regretted a workout.” I often keep that in mind when I don’t feel motivated to start a workout. I also like to watch Netflix shows while on the trainer – for good shows it energizes me to train to see the next episode.”

Alison Dennis thanks for inspiring us and letting us work with you here at Killer Coach!

Tricia Davis, DPT

With over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist Coach Tricia, DPT is over the revolving door of injuries and illness that are preventable. Through her work, she realizes that bodies do not come with an instruction manual and it's difficult to navigate health care as an athlete. Working in sick-care (the exact opposite of healthcare!) with injured athletes and non-athletes alike our founder Coach Tricia, DPT is inspired to lead the revolution of health engineering. By teaching people how to prevent injury and illness NOW, many days, weeks and months of healthy living can be protected. Coach Tricia is well-armed and inspired to keep athletes pushing their boundaries without setbacks.

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