The Road to Kona: Susie Cheetham

After a five-podium 2017, Susie Cheetham says she has used the second half of this year to train for “the business end of the season.”

Susie’s trademark sense of humour shines through in her Instagram profile. As well as being a “baboon hater” — and we’d love to hear that story — “6th at Kona a few times” is how she describes herself.

This is certainly accurate, as the Briton followed up her sixth-place performance at the 2015 Ironman World Championship with an identical placing two years later.

The 2018 season has been another strong one for the Cervelo P5X rider, who added a pair of second-place finishes to her palmeres. These included a fourth consecutive podium at Ironman South Africa in April, and another at Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg in June, where she shattered the course record by finishing in 4:15:59.

Since then, she’s focused on “getting prepped for the business end of the season.” Her strong form in training has her brimming with confidence — at least, if her Twitter account is anything to go by. “Kona accommodation booked,” she tweeted before her Luxembourg podium, and then showed off her trademark sense of humour by adding: “Then told by my dad it cost the same as when he bought his first house. Thanks Dad.”