She now finds that balance a necessary part of being successful in the sport. And she may just be one of the busiest women in the peloton combining roles as an Event Project Manager at Melbourne Olympic Park with a coaching role for FTP Training, renowned within the Melbourne cycling community, as well as being a PT Instructor for another city-based studio called Cycling Collective.
"I'm fortunate that I've had a good circle of people around me, particularly in the last 12 to 18 months where I'm able to separate cycling and work. I exert 80 per cent of my brain power on my role at Melbourne Olympic Park, which is completely separate from cycling and that complements my coaching, which is an interest as much as it is a job. But having two separate focuses is important. Having that ability to switch off, and find what your limits are in all aspects of your life is difficult. But necessary."
That said, an ambitious Kate Perry hasn't put pay to the idea of heading over to Europe and chasing the opportunity of being a full time cycling professional.
"I think anyone of us who is here giving up our time and putting in this much effort wants to go places. I'm 27. In female cycling years that's your prime. I still have plenty of years to work out what I want to do, but I think I'm at the point now; I'd like to give it a nudge."