Three words: Sister Madonna Buder.
Now nearly 79, Sister Madonna of the Sisters for Christian Community (a post-Vatican II Franciscan order) in Spokane, Washington, has competed in more than 300 triathalons–30 of which were “Ironman” triathalons, made up of 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, and a full, 26.2 mile marathon. Without a break.
If you’re in need of a little inspiration–spiritual or earthly–you can read more on Sister Madonna’s history, injuries, and records here, or head over to YouTube to see this piece on her, which would not embed, made last year (9:30, ends abruptly).
I am neither religious nor athletic, and yet I’m both humbled and inspired to get through my own work (sedentary and grind-y though it is) with better faith in myself. One step at a time.