SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) "After suffering a fractured pelvis during an early season bike training, Sister Madonna Buder sat up in the middle of the road and did what she always does: She talked to God.
“Lord, what are you doing this for?” she asked.
“I got this little answer: ‘Well, did you think that maybe I’m preserving you from something worse, even if it be yourself?’” Buder said recounting the moment
Known as “the Iron Nun” for competing in the grueling Ironman competitions, Buder is a member of the noncanonical Sisters for Christian Community and a frequent conversationalist with God.
Last week she was inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in Chicago, and at almost 84 years old (her birthday is July 24), she holds the world record for the oldest woman to ever finish an Ironman triathlon."