Susan Norman - IRONMAN CHAMPION

72 Years Old and Still Winning Ironmans!

Union Tribune Article About Susan

Some of Susan's Victories

2012 Ironman World Championship 70.3
2012 Barb's race 70.3
2012 Chula Vista Challenge olympic distance 1 mile swim 25 mile bike 6.2 mile run
2012 Carlsbad Triathlon sprint distance
2012 San Diego International olympic distance
2012 Rock n Roll marathon 26.2 miles
2012 International Triathlon Union World Championship olympic distance
2012 Spring Sprint sprint distance 500 yd swim 12 mile bike 3 mile run
2012 San Diego 1/2 marathon 13.2 miles
2012 San Dieguito 1/2 marathon
2012 Carlsbad 1/2 marathon

2011 Ironman World Championship Kona Hawaii 140.6  2.4 mile swim 112 mile 26.2 mile run
2011 Ironman World Championship Los Vegas 70.3
2011 Ironman Oceanside 70.3
2011 AFC 1/2 marathon
2011 Safari Park 1/2 marathon
2011 San Dieguito 1/2 marathon
2011 Rock n Roll Arizona 1/2 marathon
2011 San Diego International olympic size
2011 Rock n Roll Las Vegas 1/2 marathon
2011 Mission Inn 1/2 marathon 

Favorite Flavor: The Origiroon - The Original Rickaroon

When do you eat Rickaroons?  

I eat rickaroons before I swim, while on the bike in an Ironman and while I run. Rickaroons not only taste fantastic, they give me enough energy to win my races. 

How does diet play a role in your decades of dominance? 

I do not eat any red meat.  My diet consists of mostly vegetables, fruits, eggs, fish and a small amount of chicken and turkey. I drink lots of water with electrolytes added to the water.

How did you rise to the top of your field?  Started running when I was 38.  I heard about a group called the marathon clinic on east Mission Bay so I started running with them.  I had children ages 2, 4 and 6, so I would bring a friend to watch them while I ran. I met my husband while running with some friends and we both started running in races every week.  I always came in 1st, 2nd or 3rd in my age group.  I liked winning so I continued to race. At age 57 I decided to do a small triathlon.  I always wanted to be as fit as possible for my age. I was getting injured a lot while just running so I thought if I would vary my activities, adding cycling and swimming it wouldn't be as hard on my body.  I was right as I rarely had any injuries.  My husband qualified for the world championship triathlon in Kona, Hawaii when he was 50 so of course I went to Kona to watch him race.  After that 3 of our 4 sons became interested in doing triathlons and 2 of our daughter in laws.  I wanted to join my daughter in laws and do an Ironman triathlon with them. I trained as hard as I could, spending many hours on the bike, swimming and running. At age 71 I qualified for two world championships.  Ironman Las Vegas 70.3 and Ironman Kona 140.6.  I won both of them in 2011.  I also went on to win the world championship 70.3 in Las Vegas in 2012.