— By Matt Sharpe
Sue Huse recently won her first Ironman 70.3 race in Cozumel earlier this month. I had a quick chat with her to hear about how it went down, find out what’s next for her, and how she ended up in living Missoula, Montana.
Huse was born and raised in Winnipeg and got into triathlon with a track and field background. She received her pro card in 2013 and began tackling the half distance shortly after.
MS: A few weekends ago you won Ironman 70.3 Cozumel. Tell me a bit about the race.
SH: It was super hot and sticky! I didn’t get my normal pre-race warm up in due to a Dolphin show, so I was feeling a bit of anxiety before the start. I’m not the strongest swimmer so I was just gauging myself off the leader, Lauren Brandon. Onto the bike I held my power well and stayed in control. I had a bit of trouble at the aid stations holding onto the bottles cause of the humidity. Onto the run I was around seventh place and four minutes down. But I just got into my rhythm and started catching people. I really enjoyed that and it gave me a boost as I worked my way through the field.
Whats next for you?
Another 70.3 race in Mexico in Los Cabos, and then continue to train hard through the Montana winter building towards a January race. So I may have to get out of town for a bit! My goal next season is Ironman 70.3 World Championships and a top 10 would be nice!
How you ended up in living in Montana?
After competing with the University of Winnipeg in the CIS, a friend told me about the Mountain West track club in Missoula, Montana. At the time they had a very strong elite women’s squad, and I made the move to train with them as an elite runner. I ended up meeting my husband down there and now I live there with him and my two sons, Ashton and Tristan. They’re both active kids and play a variety of sports
Good luck next season Sue, we’ll definitely be following!