Nationally-ranked, Team USA multisport athlete [45-49] turned coach, speaker and advocate of intentional, healthy living, Daniel is a coach, trainer, and an official Training Peaks Ambassador.
But Daniel’s real passion is helping others reach their physical, mental and emotional best by harnessing the best science and faith-based principles available today.
From trail runs to marathons to Ironman® events, Daniel has qualified for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships three times, and in his first race on snowshoes he qualified for the USASS (Snowshoe) Age Group Nationals.
In 2013, Daniel represented the United States of America in Auckland, NZ at the ITU World Aquathlon Championships (swim/run), racing with some of the fastest age-groupers in the world as a member of Team USA.
But less than three years earlier Daniel could barely manage a flight of stairs without breaking into a sweat.
While he was relatively fit in his twenties, over time Daniel’s health deteriorated, and his weight fluctuated dramatically. He tried everything—juice cleanses, shakes, Jenny Craig, infomercial workouts, South Beach, Zone, Atkins, Paleo, etc.—and actually, they all worked, for a while. But the weight and fatigue always came back.
By the age of 44, Daniel tipped the scales at just over 230 lbs., BMI 32, officially obese. His cholesterol was 280, so he was on statins. His sleep apnea meant using a CPAP machine. He could not control his alcohol abuse, and he eventually found a therapist with a liberal prescription pad and was soon addicted to the anti-depressant merry-go-round.
Add to this the responsibility of raising two young boys, keeping a small business afloat and trying to be a sensitive, understanding husband, and you get the picture. He was a tired, fat, depressed drug and alcohol addict, at risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and a host of other ailments.
No bolt of lighting. No clap of thunder. Just an average man who looked up one day and said, “How did this happen?” It was time for a change.
What was the catalyst? Facebook. No, seriously. Pulling a late shift at work one night Daniel read a cryptic Facebook update. It read simply, “December. Time to start training for the STP.” If you don’t already know, the STP is the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, a 200-mile bicycle ride in July that about 10,000 people ride in one or two days.
Reading that Facebook post, he thought, how ridiculous! But he was in a rut, and he knew that nothing he did in that chair in that office was going to get him out of that rut. He didn’t have the answer, but he believed that simply walking out the door—doing something different—would be a step in the right direction. It was a step of faith.
So he dusted off his old, red mountain bike and headed down the hill. It wasn’t pretty. Eight sweaty miles later he had to push that bike back up the hill to his house, exhausted and ashamed. He could only hope his boys and their friends didn’t see him.
But two days later he went back out the door for another ride. And he just kept going back out that door.
Was it easy? Of course not. Some rides were so cold he couldn’t feel his feet for hours.
But after six months of following a simple plan, replacing old habits with new, a raft of prayers, and a few profound discoveries along the way—on July 28, 2010 he finished the STP. With a smile!
You can do everything Daniel has too, and more. It can start today.
Accept yourself right now, no matter how heavy or out of shape or depressed you feel. Own it and forgive yourself. God has. And He is the God of second chances, is He not?
Even if you’ve started a hundred times before, you can take that first step again. Today. In faith.
And if you don’t know where to start or if you think you could benefit from the help of a trusted coach and mentor who has been there; if you are serious about radical body transformation, get in touch with Daniel. He’s done it, he’s helped others do it, he can help you do it too.
Along with his wife, two boys, a cat and a gerbil, Daniel lives just outside of Seattle in Washington State.
When he isn’t coaching, writing or spending time with his family, you can find him swimming, biking or running single track in the Cascade Mountains.