Let’s Talk Coffee, Bikes and Slowing Down…No Big Whoop.

2016 was a year full lets just say stuff. But this post by a dear friend really sums it up! Thank you Ron for being you! Your cup says it all, “Get Lost”.

Declaration Of Free Wheel

the-rig The Beast

I’m all verklempt.

Well, here we are. The first blog post of the new year. Exciting! And whoa, what a shit show of a year 2016 ended up being. I mean, seriously!  But I won’t get in to that right now…or ever, not here at least. This is a place to discuss bicycles…the thoughts, memories, people, gear and the things that revolve around these two wheeled, human powered freedom machines. So there’s that. FYI…this will never be a political platform for my personal opinions in that arena. Unless of course, it involves the bicycle and the places I am allowed to ride them…then it’s on like Donkey Kong. OK? OK.

Let’s get started.

I had a couple of really great things happen to me this past year. The biggest being that I switched careers and got back in to the bike business in April. That has been an…

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Published by: Coach DanielH

Daniel Heller is a strength and conditioning coach, working in the field since 2007 where he began as an intern at Hope’s Gym in Monroe, Washington. In 2009, a month after graduating from Bastyr University, Daniel became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Since then, he has served as a strength and conditioning coach in the private sector, helping athletes from youth through college level in ice hockey, figure skating, mountain biking, football, and motocross. He works closely with each athlete’s physical therapists and doctors to ensure safety and performance improvement. In 2013, Daniel received the designation of Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the NSCA. On the side Daniel was the exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology consultant for the Advanced Products Development Team at Oakley Inc. He is the Cofounder and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Seattle Institute of Athletic Performance providing Functional Movement Screens, corrective exercises, athletic performance programs, as well as educating athletes and parents on the importance of Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) and practice of heads up sports. Daniel’s passion for strength and conditioning stems from his days as a competitive ice hockey player and mountain biker, aside from the many recreational sports he participates in. He is the true strength & conditioning coach for competitive youths aiming for long careers as athletes but also the weekend warriors that train during the week to stay safe on the weekends. In 2015, Daniel took a year break from coaching in Seattle, Washington to pursue his dream of acquiring a masters degree. He returned to Seattle in September 2016 with a Masters of Science in Strength & Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh after living in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year. By immersing himself in the cycling community of Scotland, he was inspired to focus his dissertation on competitive cyclists from varying disciplines where he researched a potential method of improving stationary sprint start performance. He is excited to return to coaching mountain biking combining his childhood passion with his academic and applied expertise.

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