Thursday, May 28, 2009

the iron-nun.

Thanks to my good and appropriately named friend, Grace, for the lead on this little lady of the Lord . . .

ABC News recently ran a story about Sister Madonna Buder, a 78-year-old (79 in July) Spokane-based nun who has been racing triathlons for over 25 years.

To date, 5'7" 115-pound Sister Madonna has participated in 320 of the 17-hour swimming-running-cycling events, 40 of them Ironman-class, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 26-mile run and 112-mile bike ride.

Sister Madonna was 23 when she joined the Sisters for Christian Community, but didn't begin participating in triathlons until she was 52. "I train religiously," says the spandexed sister. "There are no boundaries to when and where you can commune with God. It doesn't have to be in church all the time."

Amen, Sister. Does she give all glory to God for her long and healthy life? Probably. But she also credits her own God-given persistence and perpetual motion: "Never give up, and never slow down," she counsels.

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