Inspiring Spotlight on Active Agers
Cruz Hemp has decided to create a series of posts to honor individuals that epitomize the notion of Living Your Best Life. These people have no affiliation with Cruz Hemp, do not endorse Cruz Hemp products, and may not have even heard of Cruz Hemp. We simply want to recognize those unique accomplishments that inspire us.
Living an active lifestyle has many benefits for your overall health. Daily exercise activities engage your entire body and mind. If you have been thinking about trying a new form of exercise, you can begin today. Expanding your workout time and setting up your daily activities as training for a bigger goal is a great way to start. Why not expand your daily walk regimen into training for a monthly hike? Whatever fitness and overall health goals you want to set for yourself, these inspiring individuals remind us, on a daily basis, of the resilience of the human spirit.
You cannot reach the top of the mountain if you do not move your feet forward. Your actions lead to your results. We are putting a spotlight on a few inspiring active ager athletes. These extraordinary active agers give us inspiration that it is never too late to start something new. Through sharing their stories and messages, we hope you find inspiration to optimise your own health and wellness regimens so you can live your best life.
“An extraordinary life is all about daily, continuous improvements in the areas that matter most” – Robin Sharma
Extraordinary Active Agers
Sister Madonna Buder
Sister Madonna Buder known as the Iron Nun, is 89 years old. She began running at age 48 and has now completed 360 triathlons and 45 Ironmans. Sister Madonna has broken the record in her age category for the fastest Ironman.
She is the oldest person to finish an Ironman Triathlon in under 17 hours! In 16 hours and 32 minutes she has swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and ran 26.2 miles. It is because of her that the Ironman organization now has a 75 to 79 and 80 to 84 age group category. Sister Madonna Buder is an extraordinary woman with a message we can all find value in. “The only failure is not to try, because your effort in itself is a success.” More about Sister Madonna Buder, click here.
An incredible cyclist, Paul Tetrick, pushed hard from age 60-87 years old. By 2016 Paul had won over 12 USA cycling championships and held the record in clock race cycling for his age. He finished a 20k race in a record time of 34:37.5. Paul would ride a couple of hours a day, six days a week to keep himself fit and ready to compete. When the temperature was less than 40 degrees, he would hop on the trainer. Paul said riding kept him mentally awake and strengthened his fast thinking. Paul passed away in 2018. His granddaughter, a pro cyclist, says he inspires her to keep her wheels spinning.
More about Paul Tetrick’s cycling history can be found here.
A true extraordinaire, Yuichiro Miura, exceeds the highest peaks. By 80 years old, Miura held the record for the oldest person to ever climb to the summit of Mount Everest. Over 4,000 people have attempted this mission and only 660 have succeeded. He has reached the summit three times in his lifetime, the last time being after his fourth heart surgery! Muira continues to push the limits in mountaineering and accomplish great heights. A film was made to document his legendary ski down Mount Everest, “The Man Who Skied Down Mount Everest”. The film won an Academy Award in 1976.
A message to us all from Muira: “You need a target – however big or small – and to build your health and fitness towards it”. Miura’s passion for mountaineering exceeds the boundaries of what many would think to be impossible. An extraordinary man, Miura demonstrates resilience, perseverance, and fortitude. More about Yuichiro Miura can be found here.
Live Your Best Life
These inspiring athletes share messages to live our best life, keep moving forward, and to do so with passion and resilience. We hope you are inspired by the stories and messages from these great role models. Give yourself the opportunity to live your best. It is never too late to transform. Transformation happens inside of you first. Everything else follows. These extraordinary senior athletes teach us valuable lessons through their extraordinary achievements.
“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things” -Edmund Hillary