A couple of notable biking stories have come to my attention over the past week. Nothing to do with the Tour de France — these concern more “ordinary” folks.
But their stories are extraordinary, and inspirational.
From British Columbia, Canada: Dave Gillanders, 78, set a new age group record in the VanIsle (Vancouver Island) 1200k brevet, July 21-25, put on by the BC Randonneurs Cycling Club. Dave completed the 747-mile trek in 88 hours, 54 minutes.
He wasn’t the only senior on the ride. Ken Bonner, 67, finished in 82:24.
One thing I enjoy about cycling is the feeling that it is a lifetime activity. I’m already no spring chicken (I’m 59 — shh!) but I’m in better shape than I was 15 years ago. Guys like Dave and Ken inspire me to keep on keeping on.
But then, an item like this comes along. Sister Madonna Buder, an 80-year-old nun from Spokane, Wash., will compete in the Ironman Canada triathlon next month. She’s already the oldest woman to finish an Ironman, so if she’s successful, she’ll set a new age record. There’s no reason to believe she won’t be successful — she’s already competed in more than 300 triathlons. At her age, “It’s not easy to do an Ironman anymore,” she says. But she seems to still be able to find the motivation to get out there.
To read Sister Madonna’s whole story, take a look at this article on Tonic.com.
So the next time it’s a little too hot or humid outside, or you can’t seem to motivate yourself to get outdoors for an easy 25-miler in the neighborhood, remember Dave and Ken and Sister Madonna. And get going!