Meet Derek Dalzell of Dalzell Coaching. We are grateful for his insights and happy to share other training tips he has written on our blog.
Growing up as a child without a parent is without a doubt the hardest thing that I’ve encountered in my short life. At the age of 10, I lost my father, who was my best friend. I went through most of my childhood feeling like an outcast when fathers would take their sons on trips or out to do activities. I often thought about if there were other kids out there like me, someone who could understand what I was going through and someone to be a friend. When I came across Inheritance of Hope this past year, I knew I had to help.
Now at the age of 25, I have a unique relationship with both my father and Inheritance of Hope. My father, in his short time with me, passed on his love for athletics and passion to see what the human body was capable of. It is with this passion that I am now pursuing my master’s degree in Coaching Sports Performance at Western Michigan University. Along with taking classes, I have also opened up my own triathlon and cycling coaching business “Dalzell Coaching.” Recently, Dalzell Coaching and Inheritance of Hope have partnered to help take athletes to the finish line of their chosen event!
The thought of both fundraising and coaching athletes for Inheritance of Hope has its own place in my heart. It almost feels like I’m making up for my childhood without a parent by helping give hope and inspiration to those battling the same events.
Derek will be representing Team IoH in the New York City Marathon and Ironman Texas.