If there was an Ironman award for getting to the hospital to deliver a baby, a Menasha woman would likely take home the prize. Susie Weber enjoys biking and other outdoor hobbies, and while she had to scale back while she was pregnant, she stayed very active, and rode her bike to her first prenatal appointment. “It was just a whim, actually. My first appointment was in March, and it happened to be a gorgeous day, so I hoped on my bike and rode over there,” says Weber. “I just happened to mention it to my doctor and we were laughing about it I said, really kind of off the cuff, ‘I think I’m going to bike to every appointment and my delivery.’ And she laughed and I laughed, and I don’t know if I was really serious about it then.”
But Weber did follow through, and biked to all of her appointments. So when she began having contractions on October 7th, she got on her bike once again and made the one mile ride to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. She says her husband, Paul, had everything ready for her. Weber and daughter Tess didn’t bike home though – Paul rode home to pick up their car to make that trip. “It’s funny because I never even thought about biking home,” Weber says. “It never even crossed my mind. I had a few other things happening at that point.” Weber says Tess is a healthy three-month old, and everything is going well.
Rick Schuh, WHBY