Susan began her adventure into endurance sports in her mid 40’s when she combined her passion for running with raising funds for First United Church in Vancouver, BC, whose programs aim to meet the needs of people struggling with homelessness and addiction on the Downtown Eastside. In 2009, the year she turned 50, she wanted a bigger challenge and found it in a charity ride to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) – a 1,200 km 9-day, fully supported ride from Vancouver to Banff. She ended up participating in this ride for three more years, raising over $60,000 for CF research and treatment – something of which she is very proud. During this same time period, Susan turned to trail running and explored the mountain trails of North Vancouver. Twice she competed in the 23 km option of the Squamish 50 Trail Race, winning her age group both times. These were fun challenges, but at this time she didn’t really see herself as an endurance athlete.
In 2015 Susan and her husband, Tom, retired to Penticton, a bold move as they didn’t know anyone who lived there. She found indoor cycling when she discovered it was far too cold in the Okanagan to ride outside year round! Between that and watching triathlons, she decided to give the sport of triathlon a try. With support from Tom, who was also coerced into training with her, they completed their first sprint triathlon in May 2017. Susan won her age group and was hooked. Now she began to see herself as an endurance athlete, but of equal importance she and Tom found a community of supportive, friendly, like-minded people, which allowed them to create friendships in their new home town.
Since then Susan has completed several triathlons – sprint, standard, 70.3 and IM distances – often winning her age group. Susan won her first Ironman race in 2018 at Lake Placid at the age of 59, wining herself a spot in the 2018 IM World Championships in Kona – “I am forever changed by that experience – you never know what you can accomplish until you try.” She qualified for the 2019 ITU World’s Standard and IM World’s 70.3, and the 2020 Challenge World Championships. But then 2020 happened: no races!
With modified goals and many deferred races Susan is primarily focused on the Ultra 520, to be held in Penticton in 2021 (hopefully!).
Susan is thrilled to be a sponsored elite athlete with F2C Nutrition for the third year. She loves that their products are athlete-focused and science-driven. All their products are of the highest quality. It’s hard to pick favourites but the ones Susan uses regularly include Pharma-Greens, Hydra-Durance, Glyco-Durance, Electro-Durance, Rehab 3:1 and Pharma-Pure. Flavour favourites – chocolate, of course, and strawberry kiwi or lemon-lime.