Staying Focused Through Setbacks

Yosemite w: ParentsOn Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 I was rear ended exiting the freeway on my way to the ice rink to train my athletes. As I sit here staring at my screen on Saturday, December 9th, I’m counting my lucky stars for not being seriously injured and that my dog was safe as well. So, why am I writing about it? Because I’m angry. The days leading up to sitting here now have been consumed by nothing, but taking care of the details that the accident caused. My mind has been scattered, I’m slowly beginning to feel the effects of being hit. Over a year ago was in a severe wreck, and nothing I’m experiencing now can even come close to the battle he’s been fighting, and he’s winning everyday. My intention here is to use this opportunity to grow and acknowledge those who have setbacks regardless of the size.

IMG_7997Stomach in knots, daily living patterns thrown out of wack, fighting back to find balance. I get it. These are the unexpected events, that can potentially derail us, that can cause life long set backs. Screw that! It’s time to channel my anger, frustration, dissappointments towards being thankful for those who have supported me, cared for me, been there for me as I push through. Thankful for only have lost a few days of writing, one day of mountain biking, one day of skiing, and one day of lifting.

One breath at a time, I find balance, I find gratitude. My optimistic being dives deep for the lessons in this weeks event. The lesson is simple; there will be setbacks. When they happen, I must take the time to seek those closest to me for to immerse myself in a nurturing environment that will give me the strength, power, and presence to re-center. With this support I was able to see clearly that this is only a moment in time that will only make me stronger.

IMG_0224The concept of community is very primitive and I am optimistic that this blog is inspiring it’s readers to help make this global community stronger, building a supportive network around the world that will give us all the strengths to stay focused through the setbacks.

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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