by: Heather Geller, Fox 23 Tulsa
TULSA, Okla – Tubes, medication, pumps, it’s all been a part of 15-year-old Hannah Jordan’s life for 10 years. Jordan has severe hyperglycemia caused by a mitochondrial disease, causing her blood sugar to be all over the map. She wears a backpack that helps keep all of that stable. Something she has to wear even while racing.
“Sometimes it has gone off in the past gone off and beeping, and it’s just extra weight to me,” Jordan said.
But, despite all of that’s he still dominates on her bicycle. Jordan came in fourth Saturday in the women’s Cat IV race at Tulsa Tough, competing against women nearly twice her age. I caught up with her after her big finish, and she says she doesn’t worry about her competitors.
“I get more intimidated by the course because it’s my strengths, my weaknesses. For example the downhill is not particularly my favorite yet,” Jordan said.
This was her best finish yet at Tulsa Tough. But you’d never know it, just two years ago was the first time Jordan ever picked up a bicycle
“I like to say that I’m living my childhood now because like before I never really got to do anything. I was just in a hospital bed,” Jordan said.
Unable to do things other young children do because of her disease, she didn’t learn to ride a bike until she was 13 years old.
“In the first 10 days of learning to ride a bike, she’d ridden 210 miles,” mother Alicia Jordan said.
That’s when they realized their daughter had a special talent. And she still has big dreams ahead of her.
“I want to do like the Olympics and go pro. And maybe even start my own team in the future, and bring back the Tour De France for women,” Hannah said.
Her next challenge though will be to do just as well Sunday on Cry Baby Hill.
To help sponsor or donate to Jordan and her future races visit her Facebook page.