Emily Batty Q&A
“Pfaff Porsche sat down with our resident Olympic Athlete and Championship Cyclist, Emily Batty to learn a little bit more about her achievements, intensive training & healthy diet as well as her experience with Pfaff as a Pfaff Porsche Ambassador.”
1. What iconic automotive brand do you find the most inspiring?
Porsche is definitely the most inspiring for me. They have been at the top for so long and continue to refine and produce amazing vehicles. They put so much R & D into their fleet of vehicles, everything works so fluidly when you drive a Porsche. They also work with amazing athletes like Mark Webber on the Le Mans side. He’s a pretty awesome guy, great ambassador for Porsche, I have met him before and we connect on twitter every now and then.
2. What would be your dream car?
Honestly, either the Cayenne or the Macan Turbo. They are so practical and fun at the same time. Both are rocket ships, you can still throw your bikes & gear into the back of them. Plus always driving in comfort and style. Absolute perfection.
3. What car are you currently driving?
Right now I’m driving the Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition. Every time I get into it, I just want to drive fast…
the driving experience is indescribable.
4. What is the most memorable moment of your career so far?
It’s always hard to just say one… my 2nd place in the 2012 South Africa World Cup was a pretty amazing experience. It was my very first time being on an elite podium and I was so close to the win. Being second in the Australia World Cup this year was a great moment and of course the Olympics in London was another level. It’s the pinnacle for any athlete, it really makes you realize how special sport is in this world.
5. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Hah, I haven’t been on an real vacations to be honest. I travel the globe 9-10 months of the year for training and racing so when I do get some breathing room, I do a “stay-cation” haha, home is nice. I suppose I would really like to see Saint Lucia. I’ve heard fantastic things about it. I wouldn’t even bring a bike, I would just tour and relax.
6. What does a daily work out regime look like?
Usually we do a morning workout lasting about 30-60 mins before breakfast and then another 2-4 hour workout in the afternoon. The workouts are definitely hard although it’s all the stuff your doing in-between in an attempt to recover from each workout. It all adds up and before you know it the day is over and you are doing it all over again.
7. What type of diet do you have to keep for your athletic career and training regime?
I mainly focus on “clean eating”. I stick to a 100% gluten free diet, lots of veggies, lean meats, minimally processed food and mostly everything I consume has a reason or purpose. We are always trying to get ahead whether it be to recover faster or go harder in a workout. The foods you consume have to be clean, inflammation and breaking down of the body happens so quickly with all the training & workload. I couldn’t go anywhere with out my Vitamix, it’s a necessity for keeping my immunity strong.
8. What are three things would you take with you on a deserted island?
My Fiancé because he’s my best friend. My iPhone so I could stay connected with the world and Google so anything I need to know in order to survive haha…. and maybe one of those portable solar panels so I could charge my iPhone.
9. What is your current favorite restaurant?
Hands down Whole Foods. It’s not really a restaurant but I’ve come across a few pretty amazing locations. The Whole Foods HQ in Austin Texas is
unreal. I could kill hours in there seeking out the most nutrient dense choices, I would need an unlimited budget of course.
10. What are some of your wardrobe staples?
My Lululemon scuba hoody’s, a really nice pair of denim, and a good pair of flats.
11. What is one item that you could not live without?
My iPhone. I love connecting with the world, friends, family and my fans. I’m always checking social media and connecting with others.
12. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Well if we say 6 years then hopefully an Olympic Champion (at least two more shots at the title). This is really my ultimate goal. I’ve been able to improve each year and winning on the worlds biggest sporting stage would make a long time childhood dream come true.
13. What would be your summer anthem?
Oh Canada of course! Go Canada.
14. What’s next for Emily Batty’s career?
I would like to continue racing bikes really fast, connect with more amazing sponsors like Pfaff and hopefully that allows me to stay involved with sport for a very long time. Sport at any level is such a satisfying activity and I would love to eventually make a big push for more sport participation.
15. What is your best Pfaff experience?
Hands down the Pfaff Ultimate Test Drive. Going around the track at Mosport, getting to drive the Porsche Cayman and 911 was just an eye opening experience. You really can’t even imagine what those cars are capable of until you actually get to experience them with a professional driver on a closed course. Even then, it’s like there is velcro on the pavement, they push so hard and the vehicle is well planted.