I was tickled pink (sorry had to) when I got a chance to chat with this amazing babe (and again) hehe, Courtney McCarty is not just a beautiful face, this little lady is smart, generous and has a huge determination. She is known for her passionate, active lifestyle and for motivating other women to live a healthy lifestyle and be the best version of themselves that they can be.
Courtney is the fearless leader of the amazing all-girls triathlon club, TriBabes – its the only one of its kind in Australia. Tribabes was born in September 2014, along with training partner Revie Schulz (owner of CrossFit Babes Maimi) and the amazing support of her husband. Courtney saw a gap and she grabbed it with both hands….
So get comfy, lets get to know this little gem a little more shall we…
Courtney, describe yourself in one sentence for us?
Pink, puppies, bikes and babes! But seriously……..Motivated, funny, loyal and determined.
hehe very cute, I do know how much you love those gorgeous little pups! Now I know that you get up in the dark hours of the morning to do what you do, what time again? …..so for those who love a sleep in and find it hard to get up early, what is your motivation to get up and do what you do every day?
I am up everyday at 4.30am. Sunday is my day for sleep ins and puppy cuddles unless of course it is Triathlon season and we have an event to attend. My motivation is my members. Training with and coaching an amazing motivated group of women inspires me on a daily basis and makes getting up early rewarding. If I do ever get a rare morning off during the week I will normally be trying to organise a group ride with the babes anyway as I can’t be away from them for too long!
430am isn’t an easy time to be up let alone to train, i take my hat off to you… So what kinds of things inspire you? And who do you admire or find inspiration in?
Seeing people achieve things they once thought were impossible. I see this everyday through my members. Babes who at the beginning couldn’t swim a 50m lap of the pool are now swimming 2km followed by a 90km bike ride and a 21km run is just mind blowing! Busy mums who somehow find thetime to train for 6 months in the lead up to a 6 hour endurance race inspires me. I hope when I have children one day I have the motivation and determination they display on a daily basis.
I’m not a huge celebrity fan but in terms of real women I really admire Samantha Wills. I’m not going to lie…..I have a HUGE girl crush on her. Not only is she a natural born beauty but her business acumen is like no other. I heard her speak recently at RUN THE WORLD in Brisbane and her willingness to go above and beyond in everything she does is why she is where she is today and I really admire that.
Awesome, its amazing how our clients can be the ones who actually motivate us even though they come to us for motivation! What or who was it that inspired you to create TRIBABES, to help others and to become the amazing woman you are today?
Fitness has always been an outlet for me to escape. As a young teen it was about weight loss. I had an unhealthy relationship with food and my body image. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I begun to understand the mental and health benefits of exercising. When I started CrossFit it was more about what my body could do, not how it looked.
In 2013 I walked through the pink doors of CrossFit Babes Miami and met my future soul babe.''
What is a ‘so
It’s a babe that gets you.We have been each others “Soul Babe” since we finished a Triathlon with the EXACT same time! Freaky or meant to be?! Ha ha. Revie Schulz the owner of CrossFit Babes originally put this crazy idea in my head. Never did I ever think I could be the owner of the only womens Triathlon club in Australia. Revie helped me put my fears aside and made me believe in myself. It all started when I suggested to some of the CrossFit Babes that we should train for a triathlon. After 6 months of training once a week Revie being the fearless young leader that she is, somehow convinced my play it safe self that this could really work and be turned into a business.
Awww I love that, soul babes, and how truly special to have that with someone. Meant to be for sure…. When was your wake up call or ‘aha’ moment that you realised you had to make a change or that you wanted to create this change in the world around you?
My background is wholesale fashion. I had been in the industry for about 5 years and knew deep down that I wasn’t being true to myself. I wanted to make a difference and help people somehow. In Early 2014 my best friends Mum was diagnosed with cancer and only have a month or so to live. My Dad had lived through cancer but this really rocked me. I called my husband and cried my eyes out. He said “Quit your job and give TriBabes a crack, what have you got to lose?”. A week later I had quit my job and started planning TriBabes.
Self Love especially as a female and Im sure its important in your club, what would you say are the 3 things you love most about yourself
- Determination – 99.9% of the time I believe I really can do anything, especially if it is something physical. I love to push my body to see how far it will go. Its that old saying “Your body can stand almost anything. Its your mind that you have to convince”.
- Generosity – I love doing things for other people. Making my husbands lunch, buying my friend a pot plant, or helping my Dad with his accounts. It makes me feel really good to help others.
- Something physical – My strong legs that get me up mountains on my bike. I used to look at my legs and think “They are so big, I hate my big quads”, but now I see them as part of a powerful machine to help me chase down my goals and dreams.
I hear you on the legs thing, I was always the same until I realised how awesome it was to have muscles in my legs, and how useful it actually was!
Courtney, what would you say has been your biggest achievement, personal hurdle or a health challenge that you have had?
How has it changed you, helped you to grow? How did you overcome it?
Starting the only all women’s triathlon club in Australia would have to be my biggest achievement. At the time I was 28 and had only been in the sport for 8 years. I had no experience in how to run a club or coach the sport. It was a “Fake it till you make it” situation. I had all the tools and training under my belt within a few months of taking that first step. I just had to believe in myself. I remember our first session at the pool, I was shaking like a leaf and thought I was going to vomit! 1 hour later I was on cloud nine! I knew I had made the right choice, all the hard work and sacrifice was worth it. I love seeing the look of achievement of women’s faces once they do something they once thought they couldn’t achieve.
Thankfully I have a strong network of friends and family that would help pick me up everytime I felt like I wasn’t good enough to live my dream.
Amazing! And I remember when I started out coaching, I also somewhat ‘faked it until i made it’ As long as you have the passion and vision you can do absolutely anything, and you have proved that…..What advice would you give to someone who is going through their own personal challenges, hardships or lacking self belief? What do you think has helped you when you have doubted your ability?
You can do anything you put your mind to! Clear your mind of can’t. Where there is a will there is a way! It sounds cliché but if you are so passionate about something that you think about it all day, dream about it and wake up thinking about it then it is what you are destined to do.
If your still not too sure what your purpose in life is the ask yourself “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”. I did this about 12 months before starting TriBabes – looking back at my notes now helps me in times of self doubt. I now know I am on the right path!
I get the understanding that the mind plays a huge part in what you do, not just the body? This true? If so how do you nurture both?
A lot of what I do is pretty physical on my body. When I first started my business I definitely under estimated the brain power I would need on a day to day basis. These days I allow myself 1 day a week where I get a sleep in and leave my phone switched off. Having a technology free day without any distractions is the best way to recharge the batteries.
Also what I put into my body is vital. Starting my days at 4.30am and sometimes not finishing till 8pm means I need to fuel myself with the right foods to make sure I am in top shape for my members and my own self preservation. In the early days I really struggled with having enough energy to get through the days. I now aim to eat 5-6 meals each day which consist of clean and unprocessed proteins, carbohydrates and good fats. I also take naps a few days a week! But don’t tell my husband……..
hahaha nana naps, so important with the amount of training you do but your secret is safe with me and all my readers hehe, Courtney, can you share with us your favourite inspirational quote, mantra or affirmation?
“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” (Unknown)
This has gotten me through some tough ‘pain cave’ situations in both my training and racing.
“Do something uncomfortable today. By stepping out of the box, you don’t have to settle for what you are – you get to create who you want to become” (Unknown)
Why sit in that same old boring desk job when you could be out living your dream!
Thank you Courtney, Its been an absolute pleasure having you as part of my “You Inspire Me’ series, You did it! Im so proud of how far you have come so far…. Is there anything else you would like to leave us with?
Never give up on your dreams. The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracles happen!
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