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Iron nun 86

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:19 pm
by Spirit Unleashed
86 year old nun, triathlete

http://news.nike.com/news/unlimited-you ... onna-buder

Fantastic! Just keep going.

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:09 am
by La
Love her. <3

Do your thing, Sister. Do your thing.

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:22 am
by Spirit Unleashed
Image Look at the time! I could never do that.

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:25 am
by Spirit Unleashed
don't pay attention to how old you are, only focus on how old you feel
said Sr Madonna

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:29 am
by Spirit Unleashed
I'm so excited because, while I am following our own Mr Ken, he is only 70 something. This lady is 86! So, Yes!, I can keep going if I am careful. I don't need to be sitting in a rest home at 80 something.

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:01 am
by La
Spirit wrote:I'm so excited because, while I am following our own Mr Ken, he is only 70 something. This lady is 86! So, Yes!, I can keep going if I am careful. I don't need to be sitting in a rest home at 80 something.

Exactly. As I watch my mother age (well older than her 76 years), I am bound and determined not to let that happen to me. If genetics takes over, there's not much I can do about that, but I won't let it happen due to inactivity on my part.

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:06 am
by Spirit Unleashed
Both of my parents died in their 70s

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:00 am
by Habs4ever
She is such an inspiration.

Like La's mom, I see my mom going down hill very fast. She is coming up for 82, and has never had an active day in her life. My dad (80) has been active all his life. He is still active, although slowing down a bit now. The other day he told me he was contemplating buying a bicycle again. He is my daily inspiration.

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:15 am
by FishHog
love it. Just sent that link to my mom. Who at 76 is still pretty active, but just assume she stays that way.

Good on your dad Habs. No better place to find inspiration than our parents.

FishHog

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:30 am
by eme
My FIL is 81 and is more active than my husband.

He rides his bike all over the city (he has worn out a few bikes). He will ride 30km round trip to his brother's house for coffee.

I want to be like him when I grow up :lol:

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:05 pm
by La
The other amazing thing about her is that she only started doing triathlon in her 50s!

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:03 pm
by Jwolf
Keep moving and using your body, and it will stay "young".

While my mother-in-law is no Sister Buder (who I agree is amazingly inspiring!), she is 78 and walks or cycles every day. She also does a lot of gardening and other outdoor activities. She has a volunteer job where people think she's in her 60s. It doesn't take much to stay active and keep it up.

Re: Iron nun 86

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:29 pm
by Dstew
La wrote:The other amazing thing about her is that she only started doing triathlon in her 50s!



Many years back, it was - 40 with windchill and so I made the decision to do a 20 mile long run on a 200 meter indoor track next to my house. I ran 5 laps one way, 5 laps the other. An older looking lady asked if I was doing a long run and could she join me. I said yes and we started to chat. She was in her 70s and would run a marathon ever couple of months she told me. She asked what was my best half marathon time. I puffed out my chest with pride when I told her 1:29:35 and she told me that was great as her best time was only 1:45 but then again, she had never just run a half marathon and that was actually her best split. She told me and I have heard this from other people is that she was "lucky" to have found this sport in her late 50s as it meant she had the wisdom and discipline not to push it too hard. She did not have expectations, no schedules, no objective, no goals, not even one of trying to do something every day. If she woke up and felt like doing something she would and most days that was the case. But there was never a "workout" that was missed because she was beyond that. She enjoyed running long and she would say relatively slow, I disagreed, but it was within her self and for her self. She did not even know how many marathons she had run but I suspect it was quite extensive as we talked about what she had run and the ones she wanted to or had plans to run.

As someone else pointed out to me, she likely does not have the wear and tear and accumulated damage that younger and dumber people have who push it too hard in attempting to reach performance goals. I am on the top of the list of when I was younger and dumber. So entering a sport just for the experience and doing everything well within yourself has to have the advantage of being able to do it for much longer. From personal experience and just picking up cycling again this summer after literally decades off from doing that activity on a serious level, I see how much different I am approaching that then my running. With my running, I had to set a personal best and then I had to run a marathon and I had to qualify for Boston. Once that was accomplished, I had to finish on the podium in my age group in trial race, etc, etc. I pushed myself, I trained and accomplished a great deal but the price has been what are now chronic injuries that will flare up with a vengeance if I am not careful. With cycling my goals and expectations are modest and at this juncture, through my natural skills and abilities, I have essentially reached those targets without having to do anything other then what I want or like to do. Today, for example, I was going to do hill repeats. My legs and hip were a little stiff and sore. There is a threat of rain and so instead, I am just gong to do the weight work out I had also planned. Had this been running, there is no way I would have missed that "workout".