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Mechelle McCarthy

1) Give us some background information. Where are you from? Tell us about your family. Tell us about your profession/work. Share your hobbies/passions/ 3 (1)
I am from Navarre Beach, Florida. I have been married since ’99 and I have a daughter, Anna who will be 5 in August. I am a massage therapist and aesthetician at Wax Pot Studio near Music Row and I love my job! I get to make people feel good and look good with massages, facials, waxing, spray tanning and other fun services. I like to read and spend time with friends and family. Introducing Anna to new things is exciting! We have a list of fun things to do with her this summer like canoeing, skating, ice skating and hiking. Of course, I love being outdoors running and cycling, that rejuvenates me like nothing else.

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2) What is one fun fact about you?
I actually love doing bricks! I like the feeling of running off the bike and getting my legs loosened up after a ride. The first time I did a brick though, when I was training for my first duathlon, it was awful! I kept thinking, I can’t do this, what have I signed up for?

3) How did you get interested in triathlons and/or endurance sports? When did you start training for triathlons/endurance races? Which race was your first triathlon/endurance race and where was it?
I became interested in triathlons because of having clients and friends who are triathletes. I thought they were crazy, of course! However, I would find myself working out at the gym, taking two classes back to back. I thought, if I’m going to workout for two hours, I should have something to show for it. Plus, I wanted to see what I was capable of doing. I do not come from a running, cycling, or swimming background. So, I had one friend help me with cycling and another friend help me in swimming. In 2012 I started with a 5K race in May (Run Like A Mother) then a duathlon in June (Du Run Run) and a triathlon in September (Manchester Star Triathlon). Of course, I was hooked.

4) Which of the following is your strongest and weakest discipline and why: swimming, biking or running?
My weakest discipline is swimming. I manage ok in a pool, but open water is another story! I’m just getting over my irrational fears, you know, like Jason Voorhees is going to pull me under. Silly, I know, but not being able to see and not knowing the depth of the water and what could be near me freaks me out! My real struggle is endurance and breathing. It’s hard to work on endurance when I only swim once a week. That’s ok, I just need to finish the swim portion then I can focus on the rest. If I have to say I’m strong at a discipline I’d say running is my strongest. While training for the ten miler in November I discovered that I like running long distances. I love running ten miles.
photo 1 (1)5) What obstacles, if any, have you overcome in order to train for and race in triathlons and/or endurance sports?
Time is an obstacle for me as I’m sure it is for anyone. I have two days a week that I can train. I make the most of my time and have fun. I don’t stress about being the best. I focus on being MY best with the time and ability I have.

6) What is your most memorable/favorite triathlon or endurance race and why?
The Du Run Run in 2012 in Nashville is memorable because it was my first multi-sport race and because Anna did the kids fun run afterwards, she was amazing!

7) What races are you planning for/training for in 2014?
This year I have done the 15K Hot Chocolate Race, Tom King half marathon and Iron Nugget Sprint. I’m also doing Mach Tenn, Music City Sprint and Riverbluff Olympic. I like to plan one race per month to keep me focused so, I’ll look at more running races after triathlon season ends.

8) What’s one piece of equipment/gear that you can’t live without?
I love my Garmin Forerunner 910xt with the triathlon kit, it’s amazing. However, you’ll never catch me without gum, water, and lip balm!

9) How long have you been a BEAT member? Why did you join BEAT and what is your favorite thing about the club?
I started riding with BEAT in 2012 for the Sunday morning rides and I joined later that year. I got involved because of Kennette, who told me how amazing it is being involved with BEAT. I love being a part of BEAT because of the amazing people. It’s fun meeting everyone and training with people who are helpful and encouraging.

10) If you could give one piece of advice to a beginner triathlete or endurance racer, what would it be?
My advice for anyone new to triathlons or endurance racing would be: do your best, don’t compare yourself to others, and have fun! You don’t have to be the best, just be YOUR best.

11) Any last words for us?
Take full advantage of being a part of BEAT and get involved with some group training if you haven’t already. Seriously, triathletes are some of the nicest people and will encourage and inspire you along the way. Oh yeah, and have fun!

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