Selfishly Optimistic

IMG_0779What did you think when you first read the title of this blog? Seflishly Optimistic. Does self care come to mind? It should because that’s what I’m talking about here. You see so much of my time is passionately spent working with others to improve their life performance. I say life performance becasue ranging from youth athletes to weekend warriors who want to enjoy their recreational activity pain free. I love it! Their continued passion and drive for life inspires me. In the shadows of their work, I have to do the same.

IMG_0770This is really about taking some me time to do some self care. The 2018 race season is all about self care because my goal is to get top 10 in every race this season. As you can see from the pictures, I’m putting in the work. The latte and croissant represent me taking my me time, not my diet. Just want to make that clear.  My Instagram Story and regular photos/videos show my journey. Obviously this blog is not about the details of my training, it’s about optimism, passion, and getting back to the roots of what we do and why we do the things we do.

By dedicating this season myself, my goals, and my passion, I’m further enhancing the man I want to be. Demonstrating that I can meet all my obligations, be there for my friends, support my athletes, while doing what I need to do to meet my goal for this season. This is my time, my season, my opportunity to go after what I want. Demonstrate what I stand for. Prove to myself that I can be competitive. I do have the drive to give it my all. I am filled with confidence that this is all possible because of the community I’ve fully dedicated myself to at the ice rink and in the mountains. We are all in this together. What I appreciate so much myself is that even though I’m being selfish in this arena, I am still fully present to those around me. These reciprocal relationships make this all possible. So is it really selfish? I’ll stick with Selfishly Optimistic.

Click here two watch the clip of me riding this drop.


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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