Morning Exuberance

IMG_3903This morning I woke up absolutely over flowing with exuberant joy.

IMG_3910Have you ever had a dream where you swear that a loved one came to visit you? And in this dream it felt as if they were back. They were there in the flesh, but then within the dream you both acknowledged that they were only there in spirit?

HikingWell that happened to me last night. It was so powerful. So much love. So real. This is actually the first post that I have written about Alo since his passing. Why? I don’t know. I miss him so very much. Sitting at my computer for hours without him by my feet, running behind him on our local trails. Everything I did, I did with him.

FEA9C31F-61A6-472F-A33D-EDAAB427F540_1_105_cThe feel of his guard hairs. The feel of his undercoat. The way his coat absorbed my tears when I was feeling down. His presence just sitting next to me even when he wasn’t feeling affectionate. I miss him.

Lessons from our time together will stay with me forever. He taught me how to trust someone without knowing their past. Letting their present-being be who they are now, not where they came from. Lettting our connection grow, our trust get strong. The honesty of his behavior when he was dissapointed in me. His whole way of being taught me to embrace life. Trust the spirits and energy around me. In Hopi Indian, Alo means “spiritual guide”. He truly lived up to his name. His spirit will always be with me. Primitive Optimism originated from the no holds barred approach to life and the joy he brought with it. It was so organic, so free, so primitive.

ALO Screens

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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