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By Susie Heath


Posted by Susie, Sunday 28th Jan

So am ready to share my next big goal….I am going for my
first Ironman, a 3.8k swim, 180k bike, 42.2k run.  Taking on New Zealand on March 3. The ultimate test of endurance and strength of the human body and spirit.  With my amazing coach Bec behind me at every step, I actually started training for this almost as soon as I finished Busso Half Ironman last May, but I just needed time to realise the possibilities and start to nuture this dream into a reality.  Now with some confidence boosting training and more race experience under my belt, this journey is well underway and getting closer and closer, as I slowly get stronger and faster. Anything is possible if you believe.

But this isn’t all about me.  Whilst on this journey, I lost 2 great friends, Sam and Claire, to cancer.  My life was so much happier and a hell of a lot more fun having Sam and Claire part of it.  This is also to honour our friendship and the happy memories we share.  It is harsh reminder that life is short and to simply grab opportunities as they come, and abit of a jolt to stop chasing tomorrow and start enjoying today.   A friend recently said, they may be gone but will always be on your shoulder.  You will hear their whisper “You’ve got this Suze. Keep going”.  They called me…. Suze, Mate, Smurf…… and I love them all.  And yes, I will hear you.

So although I can’t bring my friends back, I can help fund the research into curing cancer through CanToo who I have been a participant with and supporter of for the past few years.  It was indeed this foundation that introduced me to the world of triathlon.  What a journey that has been, and will be … no turning back now.

And I absolutely know that they both will have wine in hand as I stand at that start line, seated on that top table up there which has some pretty special people on it I can tell you.

This is far bigger than what I am doing and effects so many, so I am thankful for any support for such a cause.

Susie xxx

(…….or Suze, Mate, Smurf)

Thank you to my Supporters


Margaret Heath

Good luck Susie, I know you will do well. Great cause.


Liz Nade

Susie Heath, you are a deadset legend! I'm so inspired by you and watching you go from strength to strength on your IM journey! Cant wait to track you on race day!


Sal Poole

A goal that I have every confidence that you will smash in honour of your beautiful friends Susie. It was great to share part of your journey to IM last weekend at HOTW and I’m looking forward to catching up with you next time


Anthony & Jasmine Heath

This is the big one that you have been looking forward to and training hard for. We wish you well and will be thinking of you. Good luck!!


Susie Heath

To my mate Sam, I hope I am as brave as you were. Miss you too. Sx


Lisa Mc Gowan

Go Susie - good on you -Sam would be so proud 😘


Kath O'reilly

I am in awe of you dedication and inspired by the way you are making it bigger than you. Just amazing! Can't wait to track how you smash your first Ironman!!



glide, sail and fly through these three incredible disciplines over the ditch. So proud of all your achievements, and consistent, hard work through the last few years to get to the start line.


Susie Heath

Chaps, you were always so supportive of my CanToo runs, so it’s ironic that this is for you. Miss you mate. I will try and #bemoreclaire Sx


Gina Teague

Huge effort for a great cause. Go Susie!!!!


Stephen Kirk

Good luck!


Celeste Morales

Hey Susie, you’re an inspiration! Thank you for raising funds and awareness for cancer. It means a lot to me too!


Elaine Sampaga

Good luck Susie! Hope you have a fantastic and safe adventure!


Julie Abraham

Susie - you are amazing, can't wait to hear all about the big race!


Penny Rollason

Go Smurf, love you x


Joan Robinson

Go girl go...


Neil Ferro

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” ~Helen Keller What a great initiative Susie :) All the best with your challenge I know you'll smash it! Neil xxx


Kate Cranna

Good luck competing for a great cause.


Richard Cole

$1 for every km of that run! Smash it!


Renata Ondok

Best of luck, Susie, for this amazing goal! I look forward to hearing how it was!


Alex Bruce

Amazing Susie - Good Luck x


Sharon Walters

Good luck Susie, I'm sure you'll smash it! Do this one in honour of Sam and Claire!


Caroline Mcdaid

Wow Suzie - what a journey for you! Your story literally brought tears to my eyes. All the very best for the race and fundraising.


Dion Y


Petrea Hoschke

Go Susie! You are amazing!


Maxine Roberts

Good luck lovely lady! The thought of an Ironman makes me tired so v impressed xx


Rachel Mills

Amazing feat Susie, well done and best of luck for the race!

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