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Hey everybody!

I'm Jordan Hoese, daughter of Ray Hoese, of Middle Earth. Just kidding. We're taller than that.

I'm 15 years old, and I've been diabetic since age twelve. I had a really good diagnosis and have never been in the hospital or really had any problems with diabetes ever. My dad worked for Medtronic a long time ago, and he taught me everything he knew about pump therapy and diabetes management. It was a lot.

I've been athletic all my life. I earned my black belt in Taijutsu after five years of dedication a couple months before I was diagnosed, and I grew up bouldering (on real boulders!) and mountain biking (on real mountains) in Southern California. I took up running recreationally a couple years ago and at the end of last summer, I asked my dad if we could do the Austin marathon.

It totally didn't occur to me that this was an absurd request. But I have a very absurd dad, in my opinion. So we trained for three months and did the marathon in 4:15. I really wanted to break four, and we were cruising at 3:45 until mile 19/20, but dad got a cramp. But we finished! ....there's always next time.

And Disney World was supposed to be our next full marathon, but they have this rule that you have to be eighteen to run the full, so that burst our bubble. So, we decided to do Austin again next February and make Disney an unusually fun training run. I'm excited!

About me: I'm a high school sophomore, the only one on the JROTC Varsity Physical Training team, and one of a few on the Varsity orienteering team. In my spare time I like hanging out, movies, reading, playing guitar, and of course running!

After completing the Austin marathon as the youngest Type 1 ever to run a marathon, and after being lectured a little by my dad, I'd really like to share my experience with everyone and let the world know that diabetes doesn't have to be a problem. It really doesn't. I'm also really looking forward to meeting all the CWD team members and running the race with you guys. It'll be fun to meet each other next January!

Hi, I'm Ray Hoese (Jordan's Dad)!

I've been a fan of CWD's for a long time -- initially working with CWD when I was in marketing at MiniMed. I was always impressed with Jeff's dedication and passion as a diabetes dad. A year and a half after leaving Minimed, I became one -- a diabetes dad. My knowledge of diabetes/insulin was the big blessing in our lives. We caught it early (no DKA, not even a trip to the hospital). We put Jordan (then 12) on a pump after a month on shots. She still gives me a hard time for waiting so long. She's a sharp kid, very focused and after six months she took over her BG management 100%. I set the rules, she follows them. I'm proud and blessed and grateful to tell people she's never been the hospital for anything. Never had a severe high or low. She's 14 now and doing great.

I'm a pretty avid triathlete, cyclist, mountain biker. I've done a lot of sprint tri's and some longer ones, including an Ironmman. I really enjoy endurance sports. I love 24-hour mountain bike races. I've done 4 or 5 of those. My most favorite sport is actually anaerobic. I'm an advanced hunter/jumper. For those not familiar with equestrian jargon, I like to jump horses over things. As mentioned, jumping horses is anaerobic. But I love cycling too, so that's what really keeps me in shape.

I really don't like running. I'm not a runner. I had talked Jordan into doing a small triathlon, but then life got in the way and when life got calm again the Austin marathon was three months away. Jordan had a pretty good fitness baseline and asked if she/we could do it. I said okay. After a six weeks of training and seeing her progress (no problem) I went ahead and signed us up for real.

We did the Austin marathon on Feb. 17. Our time was a respectable 4:15. We were on track for a 3:45 until mile 20 when I got a big hamstring cramp. Jordan was completely fine and feeling good, but I had to stop and stretch a bunch of times. I completely slowed her down. Oh well, she's young!

We're looking forward to joining everyone on TeamCWD in January!


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