For the past months since I turned 40, I’ve been feeling old. I’ve been complaining to friends about how much longer it takes for me to recover from half marathons, how much harder it is to get out of bed if I don’t get my full 8 hours of sleep, and how much more weight training I need to do now just to keep the triceps from going all wiggly on me. Then, I view Sister Madonna Buder’s video from the Nike Unlimited series and I’m speechless.
Sister Buder completed her first Ironman World Championship triathlon in Hawaii way back in 1985. Get this… she was 65. At 75, she became the oldest woman to ever complete an Ironman triathlon. At 82, she set a world record as the oldest Ironman triathlon competitor. Today, at 86 years old, she has completed over 40 Ironman races thereby earning her the nickname “Iron Nun.” (more…)