Find joy wherever the wind blows

Heros: Sister Madonna Buder

One Saturday afternoon in October 2001, I turned on the TV and stumbled upon coverage of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Competitors swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and, then, run 26.2 miles.   

Many competitors had dramatic personal stories as but I was captivated by the story of  Sister Madonna Buder, who was attempting to become the frist 70 year old female finisher in Ironman history.  The task was particularly impressive since the previous year, Sister Madonna had been blown off her bike by Kona’s infamous winds. She finished in 2001 and kept coming back.  Now known as the Ironman Nun, Sister Madonna set yet another age group record this past October – at 76.

Sister Madonna started running at 48 when a priest she met at a retreat recommended running to harmonize the mind, body and soul. She has since completed hundreds of triathlons.

Puts things in perspective, no? When 3 miles seems daunting on a winter morning?

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