Finding Peace in Adventure


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IMG_8502Without knowing the background to this story, I am positive that you have been where I am today. A place that once held happy memories that then turned to painful experiences. A place you never wanted to visit again, but knew you must to create a new relationship with it. I am writing this on Tuesday, 30th of January, 2018. However, it is published today (Friday, 2nd of February 2018) because this is the day that I’ve always chosen to publish this blog. I’m sitting in a cafe in Edinburgh, my last day here.

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading to Switzerland. Terrified! This is my first time traveling there without someone to show me the way. This will be an adventure of healing. Navigating the trains, the mountains, the food, the culture. Landing in a place, I’ve been to only once before (Basel), then boarding a train the following day to Zermatt, which is where I am when this is going live.IMG_5060

Everyday is filled with doppelgangers of the one that opened my eyes to the world of travel distracting me everywhere I go. In preparation for this embarkation back to Switzerland I go with a clear intention of creating a relationship to this beautiful country. Exploring new places with courage, confidence, love and appreciation for life. Each individual that comes into our lives brings something special and unique. This is not always pleasant, but it is something special. Three of the pictures are from previous trips (UCI, stained glass, and in car), while the top and bottom images are from the first and second days in Zermatt. I’m excited to share more images from this trip. IMG_8539

Ever since I first visited Switzerland, I have wanted to explore Zermatt and Interlaken. Now is the time. I’ve done my best to prepare myself to show my dad around, and I’m confident it will be a fantastic trip. Two more nights in Zermatt will be filled with amazing skiing, food, and writing. Followed by two nights in Interlakken and two nights in Zurich. This time will fly by and I’m ready to embrace every moment. Keep my eyes open with an optimistic perspective for a bright future. I know that there will be much more meaningful writing that will errupt as this trip continues, and even more so when it comes to an end. At this very moment, I’m putting final touches on this post in the lounge of the Hotel Ambiance, while sipping on peppermint tea.


My message is simple this week: Live in the moment. Embracethe present. Heal from the past to enjoy the future. I’m feeling my connection with this wonderful country growing stronger. I am looking forward to sharing more of my adventure.

More images and pictoral story can be found on my Instagram account @coach_danh.

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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2 thoughts on “Finding Peace in Adventure”

  1. Hi Daniel,
    You are amazing, can’t forget the good times we had when Eric und you were playing Ice Hokey.
    I enjoyed your blogs, enjoy Switzerland to the fullest. By the way I grew up in Meiringen 20 minutes from Interlaken.
    Say hi to your parents I miss them too.
    Come by and visit us we all love to see you.

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    1. Hi Liny, Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blogs, I am truly honored that you’re enjoying them. We are having a wonderful time and it is a truly cathartic experience for me. We skied two days in Zermatt and were reminiscing about those times as well. Is Meiringen on the way to Luzern? We’re heading there on our way to Zurich on Tuesday. I will definitely pass on the hello to my parents. We will have to get together next time we’re in LA.



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