Kicking off the fall season has had it challenges! For those of us who live in the Phoenix Metro area, this summer has been an inferno. Waking up at 4:30 a.m. to run or bike has been exhausting. I do, however, look forward to the reverse sprint triathlon that will kick-off my fall season with a bang! It will be held in the beautiful community of Anthem, Arizona on Saturday, 8/24/13. It’s a fast course starting with a 5k run, a fast 20k bike course, and a 400m swim to the finish. I finished last year with a time of 1:36:19. My goal this year is to beat last year! By the way, I want to thank a very nice man by the name of Harold who helped me out last Sunday. It was about 6:30pm in Anthem and still 105 degrees. At about mile nine, as I was practicing on the bike course, I started to see spots and felt like I was going to throw up. Yes, signs of heat exhaustion. My training partner started to put water on me to cool me off when Harold, a complete stranger, pulled up to see if everything was okay. He too was a runner and recognized the symptoms of heat exhaustion. He told me to hop in car to cool down and then drove me back to the Anthem Community Center. I survived and couldn’t believe the timing of Harold! With great appreciation, I must say that there is still good will among us today.