2018 Cascadia Dirt Cup Registration Day!

The day we register is the day we need to start preparing! IMG_0023

Personally, I started preparing at the the end of the last race. You see, my goal of 2017 was to finish every race of the entire season. Mission accomplished. Each race brought a new reflection, a new challenge, and new insights into what I want to accomplish in the 2018 seaon!

Before I dive into what I want to accomplish, I’m going to be straight up about this! I am a strength & conditioning coach specializing in improving your performance by channeling my obsession for MTB and IMG_0558Science through my education and experience to create a personalized exercise prescription that is entirely based on your strengths, weaknesses, and goals. These might not be crystal clear to you yet, but that’s ok because it’s my job to create a clear trail to success with you. The reason we’re starting now is because I am not going to give you a quick fix, I am going to make you work for it as much as you work in every race. So yes, this is an invitation to work with me, train with me, give me the opportunity to coach you to improving your performance.

IMG_0585Selfishly back to me. I’m typing this with 90-seconds before registration opens. My goal this year is to ride as fast as I possibly can for every stage. Race seriously, safely, joyously. What’s the difference between that and last year? Last year, I did a lot of coasting to ensure I finished… hold on have to register!IMG_0024

Ok, I’m all registered! As I was saying about last year, I was successful with finishing. I’ll highlight two of the many areas I will be working to improve: First is a mental gear change from the liason constant low intensity work to high intensity at the start of a stage. Second, I’ll be focusing on my ability to maintain a high intensity effort while maintaining focus for an entire stage. Over the course of the off season, I’ll be chronicalling my training routines on and off the bike, and my rationales for my program. IMG_5599THIS NEXT SENTENCE IS IMPORTANT. What works for me might benefit you slightly, but you will NOT get the response you’re truly desiring. That is why there is a contact form at the bottom of this page. Starting the beginning of 2018, I will be training ONLY Mountain Bikers out of SISU Strength House in Seattle, Washington. Before we start training, we need to talk about why we’re training, and what we’re going to accompish together. I recommend small groups (no more than 5 people) because we ride together so why not train together. The reason for only 5 is I can provide each participant the individual coaching and programming that I’m promising. cropped-suan-walsh.jpg

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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