Let me introduce you to Sister Madonna Buder or as her peeps would call her, the Iron Nun. No, I am not here to suggest any of you become nuns. This post is about how I cannot possibly ever give another reason about why I can’t walk today, or do the elliptical today or can’t run a 5K. This post is to encourage those of you who also come up with lame excuses as to why you are not motivating to do something physical.
Why do they call Sister Madonna the Iron Nun? Because she competes in Ironman Triathlons. Yes, that alone is impressive. An Ironman Triathlon is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and finishing up with a marathon…26.2 miles. Whoop dee do you say? Big deal a nun that can do all that? Are you ready for the most amazing morsel?
She was born in 1930 and she competed in the 2012 Canadian Ironman. I’m not good at math either, I’ll give you the number. 82. She was 82. 82 people.
Now, on a not so impressive point, she came in first in her age group…unimpressive because she was the only person in her age group.
But back to more impressive stuff? She ran her first Ironman at the age of 55 and didn’t even start running until she was 48. And she didn’t start with a little 5k…she jumped right in with a marathon. Completing 37 marathons in seven years from starting. To date she has competed in more than 300 Ironman races. I’m making myself sick just writing about it.
I was seriously considering stopping the elliptical at 40 minutes today because I didn’t think I could go for five more minutes! EGAD! I think this means I may have to do the elliptical for an entire hour tomorrow! Or possibly start walking outside in these below perfect temperatures. Is that what this means?!?
She started running because a priest was talking about the spiritual benefits of running. One little suggestion from a priest to a nun and now I am filled with guilt regarding my inability to put forth a big enough effort when it comes to my exercise regimen. I’m not even Catholic!!
So tell me…what are you too old for today?