Susie Hannig, this week’s Triathlete of the Week
Susie, thanks for sharing with us. You are incredible and we are proud to have you as a participant in RaceTri Events.
When did you start participating in Triathlons? In 2005
What would surprise us to know about you? After 7 years of racing, I still do not have an official tri racing suit!
What would you consider your greatest athletic accomplishment? Probably the triathlons I’ve done just a few weeks after having my babies.
Most embarrassing Tri moment? Jordanelle Tri, I did the Olympic that year… Everybody had taken down all the water stations by the time I came through cuz they thought the race was over. I was so dang slow!
Are there particular challenges you’ve had to overcome to get you where you are today? I’ve had a torn rotator cuff, back in 2005 when I first got started. I went to physical therapy for a whole year in hopes that I could someday “tri” again. Many tears later, my shoulder has full range of motion and strength! I’ve also dealt with several injuries along the way. This last summer I was hit by a car while training on my bike. I tore neck ligaments, a muscle in my thigh, dislocated my ankle, and broke my finger. luckily, I was healed in time to make a “gimpy go” at the Herriman tri with my broken finger taped and the other injuries manageable.
Do you have a hero that inspires you? Steve Orrock, He owns Orrock Mendenhal Professional Physical Therapy and is also an excellent Ironman triathlete. I’ve never me anybody more positive and devoted to his family, friends, and patients. He makes people feel like there is no reason not to move and feel ALIVE!
What has been your favorite event you’ve done? Hard to say. Probably the Spudman in Burley, ID and the Halloween and Ogden Half marathons.
What RaceTri events will you be at in 2013? Not sure yet, but if I’m not great with child it will be Salem Spring, Herriman, and Yuba for sure!
What do you want to accomplish this next year? Move into my newly built home in January, get pregnant, take good care of my family, and stay fit, focused, balanced and happy through it all!
What has been your worst Tri experience? Jordanelle Tri in 2007 or so, when I was the last to finish each event, as mentioned above.
I began doing tris because my body felt like marathons and half marathons just wasn’t the best balance for me anymore. I feel like training for triathlons has truly made me a more cheerful wife, more patient mom and a happier person. I am so grateful to have a body that can do so many amazing things!!
RD’s Note: Thank you Susie for sharing, this was so fun! You may remember Susie Hannig from our pre-race briefing at Camp Yuba; “Susie Hannig #60 – one of our Grand Slammers made a goal to complete 4 of the RaceTri events; Salem Spring, Rock Cliff, Black Ridge, and now Camp Yuba. Her goal was interrupted a few days after the rock cliff race when she was out on a training ride and was hit by a car on june 26th. The goal she had set was in jeopardy, but after just 6 weeks of recovery and intensive effort to get back to a healthy place she completed the Escape from Black Ridge Tri and joins us now today to complete the Yuba race and the finish Grand Slam!
Susie is here to claim honor and glory on the Camp Yuba course today! May we all follow in Susie’s footsteps, May we Never Give up! Never Surrender!” She is pictured here holding her Grand Slam trophy with some of our other slammers!