The Day After The Feast…

Happy day after Thanks Giving. Sitting in the Apple Store waiting for my phone to reset, I ponder the day ahead. Leading my first night time mountain bike ride up Tiger Mountain in Issaquah, Washington. So far no one has registered, but I must show up. Show up for me, show up for those who can’t be there but would be. Show up because I’m being called to the mountains. Show up because I committed to being there for others.IMG_0975

I signed up for being a ride leader because I want to make a difference in other’s lives and push the bounderies of my comfort zone. How is this pushing past my comfort zone? It’s certainly not mountain biking at night. Most of my rides growing up were in the dark because that’s when we had time to ride. People got home from work, shops closed, and the night was ours. I remember being the youngest one on all the rides that’s because this was my father’s friends. My comfort zone is being pushed by building a network of riders, meeting strangers, who are just like me who just want to ride on a Friday night. See our normal trails with a different perspective. Leading is not new to me, I love it. Maybe this isn’t pushing my comfort zone, maybe I’m just excited.


This post is short, but that’s because it’s beautiful outside, and I want I be out there. Who is going to join me? Wherever you are in this world, we’ll be connected through nature. Feel the ground, witness the beauty, breath into the heavens, open your heart to the world. We are all one.

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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