The Iron Nun

Sister Madonna Buder, an 84 year old American has just become the oldest woman to complete the Ironman Triathlon. This tough Ironman challenge is made up of a 2.5 mile (4 km) swim, followed by a 112 mile (180 km) bike ride and finishes with a marathon 26 mile (42 km) run. She competed in her first Triathlon as age 52 and trains by running to Church each day and by cycling forty miles to swim in a lake near her home. She is reported as saying, “Heading to the finish line of the Ironman is like me getting to the pearly gates. I think that is why I smile every time at the finish.”