Nina-All smiles!

How do you measure success? It is a question we all ask ourselves at the end of something we have worked long and hard on. One year ago if you asked me if I was going to race at the World Cup level this year I would have probably said no. But somewhere inside of me I found the motivation and desire to reach for the stars this season and I did.

What I mean by going for it, is to take my ski mountaineering to a new level. To take my training more seriously and my goals for the season. I had two main goals: to compete in the World Cup circuit in Europe- to do almost if not all the races in the series and to also compete in the World Championships in Andorra. I realized both of these goals. I finished 7th overall in the women’s world cup category, 5 individual and 2 team races. I completed in 22 races total.

Pierra Menta 2010

That is probably more than I have ever done in my life. You may be thinking, wow that is a lot, crazy!  It is a lot. How did she manage to do that and have a family and train etc?

I am an artist at heart….

For me it is not the final result that is the most important but the process in getting there. In a nutshell, that is how I approach my ski mountaineering racing. Sure, to get good results in nice, and to create a beautiful piece of art is satisfying, but to me it about the process.

Chamonix Range- pen and ink- By Nina

How do you get there? How do you balance everything in your life? Training, racing? Family? Staying on track, calm and disciplined.  Lots of yoga..

Nina practicing some yoga breathing

There are days that are easier than others that is for sure. Some days you don’t want to get up early and take the kids to school or go out and train in a blizzard, or cook dinner for that matter. Stay positive and upbeat even in tough moments. All these emotions can arise.  I can relate this to our recent PDG team race.

Lynds, Nina and Mona finishing as a team!

We were a team, working together. Everyone had moments when they felt at their worst and they felt their best. As a team, we got to the finish, but again it was about the process of getting their together and remembering the power of the mind. Mental toughness….

Working together as a team

For me, I could not have had such a successful season without my “team” surrounding me: my loved ones, my family, my friends, my sponsors and other supporters that have really enabled me to make this dream possible. I am sending a huge “thank you” to all of you out there who have been part of my team! Thank you for helping me reach for the stars!

Grazie! Merci! Thank You!

Thank you! From the artist at heart!