Letting Go of My Obsession with Internal Combustion

My first driving lesson w/ dadSince I was a boy my world has been inundated with loud internal combustion engine vehicles. From hot rods to trophy trucks. Fast and loud has been a reoccuring theme. Driving out to the middle of nowhere powered by a liquid refined from ancient materials, I was able to find solice in the emptiness of nature. While I still find peace escaping to the  middle nowhere,  I have become acutely aware of the impact of my obsession.

Four wheeling Henry's Ridge w/ Greg

Staring out the window of a Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee to a vehicle congested street coralled by three-story buildings on both sides. Not an electric vehicle insight. Witnessing this caused a reflection on the impact of my obsession on the environment.




We haven’t talked about noise yet. I love the sound of a rumbling V8 and howling of an F1 engine. The pedaling of an 800 horse power trophy truck fighting for traction. And I used to love the drown of my own truck cruising down the high. Not thinking about the trail of crap I was leaving behind.



I started thinking about it this way. If we as humans are able to sit a room, fog up windows, create musty air within a building.


What are we doing to our environment with the shit spilling out of vehicles?


My eyes are on the horizon of the upcoming electric pick-up trucks and SUVs. I’ve promised myself that my two vehicles are my last internal combustion vehicles. I’m excited for a renewable clean energy future where I do my part to heal our climate.


This will be an going topic as my thoughts and feelings spill out into the eithers. Knowing that I’m living primitively optimistic for a beautiful future.



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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