Saturday, October 27, 2012

Video Artistry Part No. 1

The Dude: Who is he?
Maude Lebowski: Knox Harrington. The video artist. 
(From The Big Lebowski)
This is the first in a series of "Video Artistry" posts, inspired by some of the places I've traveled and scenes that I've seen during the off-season.

Now that I have Adobe Creative Suite on the computer, I figured it would be a good idea to learn how to use the Premiere Pro video editing software before the season starts.

The first video, titled "going home." tells the story of my drive home to Pittsburgh along I-376E.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Music for breathing and inspiring revolutions

This past week training and research were pretty intense -- both in my needs to step up to some new levels mentally and physically, and in the need to counteract the intensity with some recovery time. When these extremes present themselves within the same week, I turn to music.

Below are a couple of playlists I've been developing over the past couple of months. The "Revolution" playlist is for pre-lab/workout energy jump, and the "Breathing" playlist is for post-workout and times when my brain needs a rest. 

What are some of the tunes you rely on to amp up for a workout or to help you breathe after really intense moments?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Gravity and Transformation.

October is transition time -- the leaves on the trees are turning all sorts of beautiful colors. The air temperature is doing crazy things. It's time for the next training phase: Pre-Season. Although training is part of my life year-round, now is the time to step up the game and level of focus for the snow season.
Change in season at Seven Springs, photo by Jb.

When zoning in on the mental, physical and emotional focus needed to prepare for boardercross, learning about the challenges, accomplishments and transformations from others (athletes, new mothers, research colleagues...) helps me to focus. It's the power of the hero story. Learning about how that hero deals with a challenge, conquers it, and transforms in the process keeps me inspired. Having an example of how others have dealt with their challenge provides me with a data point on how I can conquer my own battles.

The story consuming my mind since yesterday afternoon is Felix Baumgartner's

Monday, October 8, 2012


Agenda for the day
My recent travels to Oregon ended with a visit to the coast to watch waves toss around rocks. The only planned components of this journey involved visiting tidepools, eating something delicious, and ending my travels in Portland for the evening.

The first leg of the mini-journey involved a drive from Albany to Newport to visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The designation is appropriate -- the tidepool areas are quite outstanding. I arrived right before low tide and was fortunate to see many sea anemones and a couple of big starfish at my first stop.

Sea anemone

Monday, October 1, 2012

September Travel Tour Nutrition

Beans and rice, chicken patty, and avocado-tomato-cucumber
salad, made with love by my grandparents. 
Last month some of my research responsibilities took me to Washington, DC, and Houston, TX. A couple of things I learned during these travels: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (but not so much that you need to pull over every 20 minutes on the highway), and sometimes fruit chews can provide just the right amount of energy while running through the airport. The following are lists of some things I felt good about, and some things I can improve for future travels that I learned from these two trips.