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The Grace to Race: The Wisdom and Inspiration of the 80-Year-Old World Champion Triathlete Known as the Iron Nun

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SISTER MADONNA BUDER is 80 years old, has run more than 340 triathlons, and doesnand#8217;t know what all the fuss is about. In andlt;Iandgt;The Grace to Race, andlt;/Iandgt;she shares the no-nonsense spirit and deep faith that inspired her extraordinary journey from a prominent St. Louis family to a Catholic Convent and finally to championship finish lines all over the world. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;As a beautiful young woman, she became an elegant equestrian and accomplished amateur actress. But as she describes in this intimate memoir, she had a secret plan as early as 14: she wanted to devote her life to God. After being courted by the most eligible bachelors in her hometown, she chose a different path and became a Sister of the Good Shepherd. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She lived a mostly cloistered life as a Nun until her late forties, when a Priest suggested she take a run on the beach. She dug up a pair of shorts in a pile of donated clothes, found a pair of second-hand tennis shoes, and had a second epiphany. This time, she discovered the spiritual joy of pushing her body to the limit and of seeing Godand#8217;s natural world in all its splendor. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;More than thirty years later, she is known as the Iron Nun for all the triathlons she has won. Just five years ago, the age 75and#8211;79 category was created for her at the Hawaiian Ironman in Kona, where she completed a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a full 26.2-mile marathon in record time. Now she has set her sights on a new goal: inaugurating another new Ironman age group, 80and#8211;84, in 2010. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Sister Madonna holds dozens of records, has broken dozens of bones, and tells of dozens of miracles and angels that propelled her to a far-flung race. "It is my faith that has carried me through lifeand#8217;s ups and downs," she writes. "Whenever injured, I wait for the Lord to pick me up again and set me on my feet, confidently reminding Him, and#8216;God, you know, my intent is to keep running toward you.and#8217;" andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The Grace to Race andlt;/Iandgt;is the courageous story of a woman who broke with convention, followed her heart, and found her higher mission.

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The inspiring first-hand account of "the Iron Nun," a champion triathlete still competing at age 80, and of the harmony between body, mind, and soul.

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andlt;Bandgt;SISTER MADONNA BUDER, andlt;/Bandgt;also known as "theandnbsp;Iron Nun,"andnbsp; "the Flying Nun," and "the Mother Superior of Triathlon," is a Roman Catholic nun. She began running in 1978 at age 48. As of 2009, has completed 38 marathons and 325 triathlons. An inspiration to athletes and non-athletes, the religious and the secular, she has appeared in such publications as andlt;iandgt;Runnerand#8217;s Worldandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;U.S. News andamp; World Report, Sports Illustrated, AARP Bulletin, USA Today, the Seattle Times, the Denver Post, Competitor Magazine, Triathlete Magazine, Ironman Magazine, More Magazine,andlt;/iandgt; and numerous others andnbsp;She lives in Washington Sate.andlt;Bandgt;KARIN EVANSandnbsp;andlt;/Bandgt;has been a writer and editor at many major national publications, including andlt;iandgt;Newsweekandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Outside, andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Health. andlt;/iandgt;Her writing has also appeared in such places as andlt;iandgt;More Magazineandlt;/iandgt;, the andlt;iandgt;Los Angeles Timesandlt;/iandgt; and the andlt;iandgt;New York Times. andlt;/iandgt;Her book, andlt;iandgt;The Lost Daughters of China andlt;/iandgt;(Tarcher, Penguin/Putnam, 2000) was a national bestseller. With Amy Tan, she co-authored the text for andlt;iandgt;Mei-Mei: Portraits from a Chinese Orphanageandlt;/iandgt; (Photographs by Richard Bowen, Chronicle Books, 2005).

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marathongirl, December 1, 2012 (view all comments by marathongirl)
Another inspiring read from my "Sports/Running" book stash! Sister Madonna Buder started running at the age of 52 and by her 80th year had completed 340 Triathlons (45 were Ironman competitions which is a 2.5 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 run all performed in less then 17 consecutive hours). Sister Madonna is living proof that it's never too late to become an athlete and an inspiration. She is the embodiment of a line from "The Little Prince"..."Once you have discovered a gift it is your responsibility to use it'". Amen to that!
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ISBN:
9781439177488
Subtitle:
The Wisdom and Inspiration of the 80-Year-Old World Champion Triathlete Known as the Iron Nun
Author:
Buder, Sister Madonna
Author:
Evans, Karin
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Triathlon
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
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Sports
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Biography - General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20101005
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp. b-w insert
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in

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