This is quite the inspirational story if I have every read one.
Last month, at the age of 82, Sister Madonna Buder finished an Ironman triathlon setting another world record for the oldest woman to complete such an event. In case you're not sure what exactly an Ironman triathlon event is, here are the scary distances competitors have to endure:
- Swim - 2.4 miles
- Bike ride - 112 miles (yes that's 100+12, no missing decimal place)
- Run - 26 miles (a marathon)
Sister Madonna completed her race in 16hours and 32mins.
Phew… that is a very long cardio session!
What I found interesting was her claim that as a busy nun she does not have the time available for training as other athletes would commit to such an event. Instead she insists that she builds her fitness into her everyday routine by running and cycling between places. I'm sure there must be more to it than simply running between errands but never the less she is an inspiration that fitness can be attained at almost any age with the right determination.
You can read the full story about Sister Madonna and her fitness successes here -