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3 Things that Made the Weekend HOT!

It was a hot weekend as I busily prepared for EMS World Expo where it will be truly hot.

Three things that made this weekend a scorcher.

1. I participated in the Portage County United Way Run, Bike, Unite Duathlon. I was very pleased with my 16th overall finish which include a blistering (for me) 2.2 mile first running leg at 6:40 pace. Full race recap to come.

2. The US Pro Cycling Challenge was awesome to watch on television. The final stage roared through Denver and Levi Leipheimer, my favorite pro cyclist, was the overall winner.

3. The grease trap under my gas grill caught on fire Friday night. Fortunately, I had already removed fresh corn on the cob and a giant sockeye salmon fillet that had been hand delivered to our home by friends from Alaska before the fire began. Flames were roaring from under the grill and up through the burners. I was able to turn off the grill and gas and then had to use a fire extinguisher to vanquish the flames. Fortunately my grill is on a brick patio and well clear of the house. Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep!

But the hotness of my weekend is nothing compared to the heat I will experience in Vegas when I step off the plane this afternoon. Today’s high is double the temp I woke up to this morning. Bring it!

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.