My First Conference Championship

Think of the Journey… Remember the process, And think about the person you have become in the process… Last year I shared this story along with a few other ALUM from CAL to help encourage our Golden Bears, a year later, I bring my story to you as the Golden Bears head into the Conference Championship weekend. To them I wrote: Bears, This weekend is your chance to be apart of something great, to be apart of a legacy, when you put on that Cal uniform think about how you are contributing to a legacy… Wear that uniform with pride, because once these years are gone, you can’t ever get them back, make your mark, leave something out there to be remembered and carry that with you in everything, you do… This weekend is about competing and being something better than you were yesterday, this weekend is about competing with pride as a Cal Golden Bear. Be fearless this weekend, better yet compete like your life depends on it… We are Golden bears let’s make history. – Coach Montaño It was 2005, my freshman year at the University of Cal Berkeley. I was beaming with pride, that I had the opportunity to represent CAL at The Conference Championships, an opportunity I recognized not everyone would get, not only that… I had another shot at being a better teammate. I really thought about this idea long and hard, the only other opportunity I got to help out as a team, was […]

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    HOW TO BE LESS OF A MESS AND DRESS TO IMPRESS  after racing…. HOW TO BE LESS OF A MESS AND DRESS TO IMPRESS  after racing….

    HOW TO BE LESS OF A MESS AND DRESS TO IMPRESS after racing….

HOW TO BE LESS OF A MESS AND DRESS TO IMPRESS after racing….

Yes, I understand there are far greater things to conquer in life than this subject right here, but this is still IMPORTANT… I am going to demonstrate how I battle long flight sauciness with long flight flossiness, after all if you look good you feel good… right?   On April 27, 2013 and my  teammates and I on USA RED TEAM just broke the Amerian Record at Penn Relays in 8:04.31! Why, yes I am stoked, but I also recognize that it is 1:15 and some change and I need to make my 5:49pm flight out of Philadelphia and back home to the Bay Area! I thought of all the logistics before hand.. no this is not my normal realm of thinking, but it was easy… drink a ton of water and sports drinks immediately after to prepare for drug testing (this is important because often times after racing  athletes are dehydrated and it takes 6 and half years to pee, thus meaning you have to wait in drug testing for that amount of time, I don’t have that time. SO I must execute a plan to help further expedite the process: WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE DOING SO; IMMEDIATLEY AFTER Guzzle water (Check) Guzzle sports drink (Check) Cool down  and stretch(check) Try not to throw up Eat  (check) Try not to throw up (it’s now 1:40) Take photos Kiss babies Drink Water Head to press conference (2:00pm) Finish press conference ( 2:10pm) Drink Sports drink Take more photos Drink water […]

Your Ad Here: In the meantime… I’ll Take An American Record Please.

What ended up an American Record Performance at Millrose Games started out as something very different: me stuck in sponsor no-mans-land, stressed to the gills about how I was going to pay my bills. My contract was up with Nike on December 31st, and I’ll have to give you the details on all this stuff another time, but let’s just say that despite my best efforts, nothing was resolved in time for Millrose. Thank God I have an amazing family and support I could rely on, many of which showed up to cheer me on in NYC…I needed them even more than usual with the business side of my job so up in the air, but even with my family, the stress of trying to figure out my financial future was taking its toll. Ever since the day I arrived in New York, a full week before the big race, it was obvious the stress was getting to me. The last couple of conversations with my former had left me feeling angry at their treatment of my situation and I just didn’t want to give my energy to that nonsense, I needed to find my positive power, but I was having a bit of trouble finding my old friend, instead I found myself with little energy. In an effort to power up I grew withdrawn, trying to find my place of solace in my own mind. I wanted to just be on my own to give myself sometime to think about […]

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    I came, I saw… Well, I came and I saw… I came, I saw… Well, I came and I saw…

    I came, I saw… Well, I came and I saw…

I came, I saw… Well, I came and I saw…

This weekend, I ran in my first ever 400-meter race on a 200-meter banked track. The meet took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational. Yes, I have run an indoor 400-meter before in college, but that was on a 300-meter oversized flat track. The difference is astonishing! On a 200-meter banked track, I have to run two laps to equal 400-meters and on a 300-meter banked track, I only have to run one and a third lap. Yea, the distance is the same, but your mind can play tricks on you, as to where you are in the race if it isn’t something you normally do. 1-hour and 30 minutes later I ran the 200-meters, which is one lap on a 200-meter banked track. I truly had a good time, but was certainly intimidated by the fact that the turns appeared as if they were ones that were created from the aftermath of an earthquake. If you’ve ever stepped foot on a 200-meter banked track, you will quickly realize how odd this must really be to run on. The draw is the fact that you imagine yourself whizzing around the track like a NASCAR, climbing up the HILL that is the turn, only to shoot off into the straight away with tremendous momentum. I came the day before the races to scope out what I would be doing, asked a couple questions about where the break was, then I oddly and sheepishly turned my head […]

Aaaah!!! The silence… I know, it kills me too.

I know what you’re thinking: “Alysia, what’s up, you say you’re gonna blog more often and then you go on a three month hiatus?” Trust me, it is not from a lack of trying, I don’t like being this quiet either. For many professional athletes, we walk a fine line when it comes to having balance. Many of us walk a fine line, tipping too hard on either side at one point or another, others are very serious about managing all aspects of their life aside from their professional life. I am one of those athletes that is hell bent on maintaining a balanced lifestyle throughout the year, without it, I would go crazy as an athlete. It is hard in our world to figure out what to say, when to say it, and if any body really cares about what you have to say. Obviously, for the sake of not wasting your time or mine, I want to write really good content that my audience cares about. Fact is there are many things to consider when writing a blog to the WORLD, after all I am essentially choosing to open up my life and allow the things that I write to be the subject of scrutiny and judgment… like, I made that choice. By publishing a blog, I will have made the choice to allow people in on the inner workings of Alysia, and sometimes, the inner workings are a lot more complicated and discombobulated, than you may have […]

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    Catching Up Catching Up

    Catching Up

Catching Up

Dearest lovely supporters, I thank you so much for the constant love and support, I must say I have one thing that I need to get off my chest to you all. I am sorry. I recognize many of you have been excited about taking a look into my life when I launched my website and included a section for blogging. I had every intention to blog as regularly as possible, but what I recognized is that this year was so personal to me that all of my emotion, heart, soul, mental and physical capacity needed to belong to me. So for the greater good, I took a break from putting me out there in an effort to preserve me and have every ounce of me available in pursuit of my dream. The decision was not one that was made purposely, there was no definitive moment where I said, “I can not blog right now”, it just sort of happened like that. Here’s the deal… I was training hard mentally and physically. When I first got off of break last year in 2011 I was focused on spending time with my husband, Louis. Earlier that year, in March, we wed and only took a mini moon. I felt it was important that when my job was done for the year, that he received my undivided attention. Louis had dreamed of going to New Zealand for our honeymoon and in an effort to keep me in top form, with uninterrupted training, […]

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    Fab Week! Fab Week!

    Fab Week!

Fab Week!

What an exceptional day I had on Monday November 14, 2011. My schedule thus far, from my trip to New Zealand to the time I arrived back home, has been going non-stop. This week was by far the most interesting and rewarding week I have had all year long, arguably my whole life. First my week kicked off with an exhilarating time at the WORLD PREMIERE of BREAKING DAWN!!!! Need I say more?!?! Ok, I will… I had the privilege of attending the event for Red Bull, getting a feel of the red carpet event or shall I say black carpet, but nonetheless, you know what I mean. I was able to totally geek out, as I watched Bella, Edward and Jacob roll out of their vehicles. I was totally not freaking out… on the OUTSIDE! In the inside I was screaming “TWIIIIILLLLIIIGGGGHT”. Fans started screaming and crying and to be completely honest I quickly grew very baffled at why there were tears and such high pitched shrills. Alas, I couldn’t take the screams anymore and grew anxious to find a seat in the theater: which I didn’t really have to do because there was assigned seating, but still, we hurriedly walked towards the entrance of the Nokia Theater to get ourselves situated. Inside we were provided free popcorn inside an exclusive Breaking Dawn drinking cup! I geeked out twice at the sight of this. The first time was because I wanted to grab as many free cups of popcorn […]

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    The Way of the Kiwi The Way of the Kiwi

    The Way of the Kiwi

The Way of the Kiwi

Talk about a refreshment of mind body and spirit! New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places in the world hands down, not to mention a great place for spiritual grounding. I embarked upon this journey for my honeymoon celebrating my March Nuptials. My husband had this brilliant idea of visiting this beautiful land, and if I wasn’t certain I picked a winner I am definitely now. We had the most hands on experience of the land, along the way we got a slice of several different parts of the world, meeting people from all over and sharing love, appreciation and laughter. With our not so conventional honeymoon experience we took away better parts of ourselves that has strengthened our relationship. Adventure adventure adventure, I am certain that our relationship is full of so much more! There is only one thing I can say, I will not miss road trips, early mornings and 4 hour bus rides! Sadly I had to leave and return to my old stomping grounds in the US of A. As it is now, I have carried the chill way of the kiwi’s over here with me and I love it. Rush not want not. Here it is the beginning of November and my body still has no idea what time it is. I think I need a few more weeks to digest my trip and allow the trips splendor to sit and be with me before I jump into the way America does things. […]

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    My Trip to Zurich My Trip to Zurich

    My Trip to Zurich

My Trip to Zurich

Hey, Sorry it took me so long to get back to you, but I am writing an in depth note about my journey, but I thought I’d send you the short version. I am really happy that I went to the meet, even happier that we made the decision to stay calm because there would have been no point to continue on with the travel if I was not composed, so I got to work on the mental… From the moment we spoke about laughing about this later I began to have a great time and was enjoying the ridiculous process of getting to Zurich! Once I arrived to Canada I went and bought two turkey sandwiches for Louis and myself. I did this to limit any worry as to if the food would be enough on the plane, or if it would even be edible. Also once I got on the plane I wanted to go to sleep once we got in the air, this way I was as rested as possible since I was arriving into Zurich the morning of the race! Oops! So the seat I was originally getting would have been in a cramped space that had two seats side by side, I looked on the screen as one of the receptionist was helping me find another seat and decided I would just sit in one of the empty seats that had another empty seat right next to it. I scanned my neighbors and assessed their […]

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    A Note of Inspiration A Note of Inspiration

    A Note of Inspiration

A Note of Inspiration

As I sit here on this plane I contemplate what to write about, not because I have nothing to say, but actually because I have much to say and much to share. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to realize that what I really wanted to talk about was what I was thinking at this very moment and so, at this moment, I began to run with it. Here it goes, you ready? Success is happiness so I advise you to wear it well… Happiness that is. You are successful if you are happy with whatever makes you happy. I mean real heartfelt inner joy, inner peace. Not that outer surface, someone-told-me-to-do-it happiness. I came to the very real realization, very real truth that I am supremely unconventional. I thrive in the breath of unconventionalism… Is that a word? I dunno, but I like it! And like I said I am running with it and I am unconventional so, why not. Ha. For that I am grateful and very happy, therefore to me, I am successful. Folks take a look at this though, we are all unconventional to someone else’s conventional. What I am saying here is don’t be afraid to be you because you don’t fit into someone else’s mold of what they think you should be. God made us each individually different on purpose. There is no standard set by man for how one should be. Each and every one of our lives have been orchestrated […]