Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Just a little patience

"Shed a tear 'cause I'm missin' you, I'm still alright to smile... I think 'bout you every day now. Sometimes I get so tense but I can't speed up the time...Little patience, need a little patience..."

I'm really close to busting out my bandana and air guitaring this all over the apartment. This song has been playing in my head over the past few days, and Nick has been incredibly patient with my being cranxious (combination of crankiness with the rain/mud and anxiously waiting for cold weather).

I need snow, lots of snow, and need it now!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Those 180s are so floaty

Spatial awareness is a very important trait in general, especially when you're carving super fast down a course or jumping around on boxes or bouncing around during hip hop dance class. This is something that has required significant effort throughout my life (in part due to the poor logistics my body employed while growing, where the arms and legs grew three times as fast as my torso and I looked ridiculous until, well...the arms and legs are still really freakin' long). Coach Jb planned some spatial awareness training into my recent plyo workouts, including jumping around doing frontside and backside 180s off of boxes. Whenever I hit the jump just right, time and everything suspended while in the air. Although not quite at the level of awesome as demonstrated in The Art of Flight, those 180s just felt so floaty.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The drive to 7 Springs...and dancing for snow

Eight inches of snow fell at Seven Springs during the weekend before Halloween, while big, fat, wet flakes dropped in Pittsburgh. Even though we're moving back and forth between warm and cold this November, whenever the cold sticks around the air smells perfect right before sunrise and I can imagine the sound of boots crunching on packed white goodness during the walk over to the lifts. Soon I'll be making a regular drive between Pittsburgh and Seven Springs, and even though my my mind will be focused on getting on to the snow as quickly as possible, it's always fun to entertain myself during the drive by listening to some awesome playlists and gawking at the visible sedimentary layers in highway roadcuts.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Nutella dreamin'

Ale enjoying Nutella, March 2011
After the late-October snowfall in Pittsburgh, my body's internal regulator switched to wintertime Nutella mode. This craze isn't anything new; ask my Ohio State friends, Nutella has been there all along, ever since our first introduction during grad school. Last winter I figured out how to incorporate Nutella into everything: peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches; Greek yogurt with berries and Nutella; eating the hazelnut goodness straight out of the jar (and consuming significant portions of a jar in one sitting, see photo to right). Unfortunately, my Nutella consumption is currently under strict regulation. No funny stuff here. I'm tracking types and quantities of calories this winter as part of my training plan and, unless it's a special day, I have to put the Nutella aside and focus on other foods that will let me reach my training goals and ride hard this winter.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Chamois pads? Yes, Please...

This past weekend was my first real experience with mountain biking. Well, my first experience during my adult years. I tried this business once during high school in Chile and ended up sliding down the side of the hill in a mess of dirt, dust and limbs, clutching for dear life onto any brush within reach of my fall line.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Body Speaks and Wins

Stepping up preseason conditioning over the past few weeks, coupled with an intense work/family travel schedule, resulted in missing hip hop dance class tonight. I love hip hop dance class. Have re-arranged many things in my schedule to attend hip hop dance class. Even packed dance clothes in my carry-on bag a few times during work trips, and timed return flights, in order to drive straight to hip hop dance class from the airport.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Why Haleakala ?

The first time I heard about Haleakala was from Professor Ken Deffeyes, who attempted to convince me to study volcanoes because of my name (re-arrange the letters in Ale Hakala and out pops Haleakala). We were on the FRS 139 seminar trip to California during my freshman year in college, hiking around to see some awesome geologic features like the San Andreas fault roadcut and the Long Valley Caldera (even stayed at Mammoth Mountain during the trip, which is located along the southwest edge of the caldera). Although I ended up becoming an environmental geochemist instead of a volcanologist, Haleakala volcano is totally fascinating, and I’m reminded of it daily when passing by the Ansel Adams print hanging in the entryway of my apartment. When coach Jb suggested developing a team name for boardercross racing, Haleakala seemed appropriate.

Crater of Haleakala by Ansel Adams

Sunday, August 21, 2011

6:50 a.m. daybreak carve

early morning hours bristle with
sharp blue spread above the ridgeline.
wind blows clouds away
to see through eight o'clock a.m. mist
find the line.

Starting out...

My name is Ale, I snowboard, race boarderX, and am a geologist living in western PA. This is a blog to share some of my writing, training, videos, etc....more coming soon, hope you enjoy!