What is your mountain biking background?
I inherited mountain biking as a hobby after my late brother passed on to me his beloved Yeti bike. He was really into mountain biking and had two Yetis. He passed away, just over two years ago, he had cancer. It is sad but I feel lucky that he left me such a nice way to feel connected to him and to also feel empowered
It was a bit hard for me to get into it at first because I knew nothing about mt biking at the time and I didn't feel confident in the trails. Two years on and I completely love it. I go for a ride whenever I can and I am keen to do more mountain biking road trips.
What made you decide to come to the island for our women's mountain bike retreat?
I really wanted to learn some skills to become a better and more confident rider but what really attracted me was the supportive environment and holistic approach offered.
The mountain biking skills I learnt took my riding to the next level and gave me the confidence to really enjoy the thrill of the ride. The weekend also made me realise that I can get a lot more out of the sport than just fun. The ability to make quick decisions and overcome obstacles on the trail is also very empowering and uplifting
What bike to you ride?
A Yeti ASR
What do you do when you're not riding your mountain bike?
Hiking, camping, dinner with friends, wildlife spotting
How long have you been in Townsville and what brought you to the Ville ?
I moved from Sydney 4.5 years. I came to study zoology at JCU.
Do you have any adventures plan in the near future?
A week in Tasmania with my mum in December
What is on your bucket list of things to do?
Volunteer with wildlife conservation in the Galapagos Islands
Favourite pre ride meal?
A banana and an Up & Go
Favourite place to ride?
Favourite workout song?
How many bikes do you own?
Two - a mountain bike and a road bike
Do you have a dream mountain bike?
Mine : )
Beetroot juice, yes it's an acquired taste, yes it can turn your wee purple but it can also lower blood pressure, can reduce systemic inflammation and is high in nitrate which helps reduce the oxygen cost of exercise. Bonus!!
It works best for higher intensity, shorter efforts of 1 - 10mins and can make you faster by about 3%.
It can also benefit endurance efforts but to a lesser extent
Optimal dose is at least 440mg for a 70kg person which equates to about 300-500ml of beetroot juice or one 70ml concentrated commercial beetroot shot.
Serious athletes will dose up on beetroot juice every day for 5 days prior to an all important session or race
Me - I just like the taste of Beetroot Juice 😉
If you are keen to read more - here are some recent research papers on Beetroot Juice for sports performance and heart health
'The Effect of Dietary Nitrate Supplementation on Endurance Exercise Performance in Healthy Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis'
Sports Medicine April 2017
'Influence of beetroot juice supplementation on intermittent exercise performance.'
European Journal of Applied Physiology Feb 2016
'Effects of Beetroot Juice Supplementation on Cardiorespiratory Endurance in Athletes. A Systematic Review'
Nutrients Jan 2017
When and how did your love of food start?
Probably sparked a serious interest in high school when I had to take over the cooking duties when my mum got sick, but stems from a long line of feeders and two very amazing Grandmothers from different backgrounds who could cook amazing food and a mum who always put the love into her food.
How did you get involved in the food business?
12 years ago there was a franchise business opportunity I bought into with my Dad, that introduced me to the food game and taught me structure in a food business. A fair way into it I started looking around at other options of different food businesses I could be more creative with and put my own stamp on.
What made you decide to get into the food truck game?
I rarely watch movies, but any TV shows or movies that involve a food story have me hooked. I just happened to be watching "chef" one Sunday afternoon and it suddenly flooded me with ideas and sparked a flame (as cliche as that sounds) that this is what I wanted to do. The excitement, the freedom and the never ending opportunities really grabbed me.
What is the philosophy of the feel good Foodie?
The Feel Good Foodie is all about globally inspired, healthy street food that reflects our wonderfully diverse Australian community.
Our food will fill you up without weighing you down. It’ll fill your belly and make it happy! To Cook is to love!
What's the best thing about having a food truck?
Working outdoors with my team and serving our customers fresh food that is good for them and that I'm proud of. I enjoy mingling with different people from all walks of life and convincing them that healthy food can not only be good for them, but can also taste delicious. I also look forward to pumping out our food at local events - the rush of the busyness excites me and our team works exceptionally well together, makes me very happy and proud.
The Feel Good Foodie now offers coffee which is an exciting addition to offer our customers
What is your favourite food to cook at home?
Anything for loved ones. Our family favourite is our mum's spaghetti bolognese. Everyone has a different recipe for this classic but ours is the best! Ha ha!!
Favourite NQ destination?
Magnetic Island, Tablelands or The Whitsundays - hard to pick! I love the water, but love the smell of the tablelands and the lushness of the land up there.