The Bobbin Head Classic is made up of four scenic rides through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head, West Head and Akuna Bay. These four spectacular views are enough to get the majority of the community interested. The event is not a race but a community bicycle ride, with a variety of courses to fit anyone in between; professional, cyclist, bike enthusiasts, or recreational riders.
Most importantly the Bobbin Head Classic is a charity event run by volunteers supporting those less fortunate, with Lifeline being the major charity. It’s great to see the larger community participating and working towards defeating a very real problem we face today.
We were very proud to witness Team USANA athlete Meredith Quinlan participating in this charity event. Meredith began running in her 30’s. She appreciates food and enjoys cooking but was worried when her metabolism started slowing down. She received advice from a loved one to take up running. Meredith started running at her local oval for 15 minutes, three times a week. She then prepared for 6 months for her first 5 km fun run. Now Quinlan has become a 24-hour Ultra Marathon champion as well as a Mountain Biking champion (former world number 5).
We’ve asked Meredith about her experience and what she thinks is vital for a professional athlete.
Why did you choose the Bobbin Head Classic? To support a good cause. For example, supporting Lifeline and the organisers for getting permission to hold a cycling event which is no easy feat these days.
I really enjoyed riding in the event as I have never done a road event before and the weather was amazing!
Is there a specific regime/diet you follow before heading into a competition?
I ensure that my muscles have access to glycogen by eating carbohydrates 2 days and the day before an event.
How long does it take to recover? From 24 hour ultra-marathons? The longer running races take up to a month to get over. I think the real issue is getting over the mental aspects of the long events. Sometimes you have to make some serious deals with yourself to get through an event so I take some good down time afterwards as payback.
How do you prevent injury? I find it impossible to avoid injuries as Ultra distance sports and injuries go hand-in-hand. Ultimately it’s all about management of the inevitable injuries that occur and being willing to be flexible with my choice of activity to maintain fitness in the intervening periods and maintaining preventative measures through nutrition. Staying positive is important too.
Why is USANA important to me:
“I am very fortunate to have been selected as a USANA Athlete as it allows me to take all the necessary nutritional supplements that I need to perform at my best at an elite level. With a daily Procosamine® for healthy joints and Active Calcium PlusTM to keep my bones strong, I am well on the path to being at my best for the next World 24 hour Championships.”
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