Assault on Sugarloaf/Great Floridian Ironman

Assault on Sugarloaf/Great Floridian Ironman

Post by bec.. » Tue, 27 Sep 1994 23:34:36


Participants in yesterday's CFT/Sommer Sports "Assualt on Sugarloaf"                  
bicycle ride were greeted with kind weather and a new course.  A rare                  
overcast and relatively windless day kept participants cool in this tour              
of the old farmlands and orange groves in Central Florida.  Many                      
athletes use this event as a warm-up or tune-up for Ironman Hawaii or                  
the Great Floridian Ironman both held in mid-October.  In general,                    
participants were delighted with the event.                                            

The new course proceeds from Lake Minneola in Clermont (about 30 miles
north of Orlando) directly to the famous Ferndale loop.  The loop is  
modified to add the rolling hills of the Howey-in-the-Hills area.  By  
mile marker 40 or so, particpants return to the lake and on to the flat
section of the course.                                                

The flat section of the course differs from previous Sugarloaf and Grand          
Floridan rides.  The course roads are smooth as silk and weave through            
the farmlands and boggy swamps of Lake and Sumter counties.  Rural towns          
like Center Hill and Groveland punctuate the fields and forests.                  
Traffic is light.                                                                

On the negative side, the aid stations were sporadically placed, with as        
little as 10 miles and as much as 30 miles in between.  Despite having          
plenty of cookies, bagels, bananas, and Gatorade, one of the stations          
lacked water - major problem!  Also, with the farmlands and rural county        
roads come the occasional belligerent high-speed pickup truck and the          
occassional belligerent high-speed pit-bull terrier.                            

In traditional manner, finishers feasted on Fred Sommers' bounty of            
Entenmann's cakes and boiled hot dogs.  Most riders took the ceremonial        
dip in Lake Minneola.  Hardy riders went for a 7.4 mile run around the          
lake.  In general, the commaradery and good spirits were high.                  

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Here are a few hints for those participating in the Great Floridan Ironman
in late October:

   1. Wear plenty of high protection sunscreen. I lathered plenty of
      sun protection factor 15 sunscreen on my sun-conditioned skin.
      In spite of the overcast day, my skin was slightly burned.

   2. Bring pepper spray and plan your defense from the dogs. One dog
      almost grabbed my leg but could not get the hang of my 120 RPM
      cadence. I was travelling nearly 30 miles per hour to escape him.

   3. Attempt to be self-sufficient on the bike. There is little escape
      from the hot Florida sun on this course, and one should carry
      plenty of water between aid stations.

   4. Be as fast as you want to be. Heat and wind will be your enemy, but
      the course will be your ally. After mile marker 40, the roads are
      desolate, smooth and level - perfect for that heads-down time trial
      bike with the 105 degree seat tube angle.

 
 
 

Assault on Sugarloaf/Great Floridian Ironman

Post by Lenore Beak » Thu, 29 Sep 1994 19:34:43

I am posting this on behalf of a friend, a triathlete and marathoner who has
just been diagnosed with Lyme disease.  Her medication, at least initially,
is 100 mg Doxycycline twice a day for 30 days.  her doctor recommended rest,
but didn't make a recommendation regarding resuming training, said for her to
see how she felt.

Has anyone out there had Lyme, or do you know an athlete who haas had it or
has it now?  My friend would like to exchange information/experiences.  You
can post privately to me or directly to her, Bethcollins, at

Lenore Beaky


 
 
 

Assault on Sugarloaf/Great Floridian Ironman

Post by Joanne_Lehr.. » Fri, 30 Sep 1994 02:26:34

Quote:

>I am posting this on behalf of a friend, a triathlete and marathoner who has
>just been diagnosed with Lyme disease.  Her medication, at least initially,
>is 100 mg Doxycycline twice a day for 30 days.  her doctor recommended rest,
>but didn't make a recommendation regarding resuming training, said for her to
>see how she felt.

>Has anyone out there had Lyme, or do you know an athlete who haas had it or
>has it now?  My friend would like to exchange information/experiences.  You
>can post privately to me or directly to her, Bethcollins, at


Lenore,  if it means anything to your friend:

I remember several years ago a professional female runner (I don't
remember her name) was taking medication for lyme disease.  During
a routine drug test, she came up positive, and received a ban from racing,
I think for life.  The positive was a result of the *** she was takin
for Lyme disease.  The the best of my vague memory, she eventually
fought the penalty and was able to race again. Maybe someone out there
in net-land can remember more specifics.

Please wish her good luck on my behalf.  I have a chronic uncurable
illness (Crohns disease) and it makes training not-so-fun a lot of the time.

regards,
jo
Redondo Beach, CA

 
 
 

Assault on Sugarloaf/Great Floridian Ironman

Post by Lenore Beak » Fri, 30 Sep 1994 09:27:46

Jo,

The case you are referring to is Gordon Bakoulis, a New York City runner.
She appealed her suspension and won.  She is racing again.  Fortunately, we
know her and can get her advice andhelp.

Lenore