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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Iron Nun: Training religiously

Triathelon Components  (Photo by JKrabbe)
Sister Madonna Buder, a member of the non-canonical Sisters for Christian Community (which Wikipedia states is "independent of the authority of the Roman Catholic Church") since 1970, is unconventional in other ways also.

Although she didn't begin "religiously" training for physical marathons until the age of 48 (per the suggestion of a Catholic mentor who told her that it would beneficially serve body, mind and spirit), Buder soon began entering triathelons and Ironman events.

To date, she has completed hundreds of triathelons, and set an Ironman world record in 2011 at the age of 81.  Buder's autobiography, The Grace to Race: The Wisdom and Inspiration of the 80-Year-Old World Champion  Triathelete Known as the Iron Nun, came out in 2010. states that Buder has attributed her success to a "6D" regimen:  Dream, desire, discipline, dedication, daring and doing.  Never forgetting the "Nun" in "Iron Nun," Buder has a habit of praying "for the people she's promised to pray for," even while racing to the finish line.    


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