2013 Year In Review: Raves, Rants, Rage And Other Stuff Too

2013 Year In Review as done by me will have a handful of rants, rages, raves and other things along the way.  In short I am glad that 2013 is over and that we are moving forward like a runaway train into 2014.  That is not to say that there weren’t some good things that occurred this past year because there were, but there was a lot of heart ache and pain that went with it.  In the end, my 2013 is not unlike others, but taking the time to reflect on those events is what makes the 2013 Year In Review special.  There are lots more than what I list here but these are at the top of the list.

2013 Year In Review Raves:

  1. Being at Ironman Arizona in November and not racing but spectating, encouraging and being a part of the fabric in that race was incredible.  I had many friends from all over the country racing and stayed with Emily and her family for the second year in a row. It was all special but being able to run with Susan Lacke and encourage her as she suffered from broken ribs was the best part.  Seeing Susan going up the final climb and holding her hand while we ran to the finish line was special.  Seeing her face go from pain to utter elation as the bright lights shined on her was magical.  Never before had I been moved this way but this was something I will never forget.  Read her account of the day here on Competitor.

  2. Racing 70.3 Puerto Rico holds a special place in my heart.  It is the birthplace of my late father.  Riding through the island and running on San Juan is an incredible feeling.  The crowd is amazing and everything that comes with the race is down right spectacular.  This year I was able to race with friends Joe and Melissa Verdicchio.  Karen and I met Joe and Melissa on the island and instantly hit it off.  Our friendship started with this blog and blossomed into something worth cherishing.  We spent the entire day after the race touring the island and just eating and laughing.  Being on the island with my wife and two new great friends meant the world.

2013 Year In Review Rants and Rage:

  1. Social Media and Blogging Sell-Out.  I cannot take the selling out that I see in blogs and on social media platforms these days.  No longer do I see opinions from people but instead I see constant promotion.  The seemingly never-ending feed of shout out for shout out on Instagram, product promotion without disclaimers and the un-opinionated review.  I started my blog back in 2010, and the version you see today back in January 0f 2011.  I did this so that I can bring information and good content to the viewers/readers and not to generate an income or free product.  The shilling I see today makes me wonder if free stuff is worth that much to those reviewing and praising products and trying to generate followers/likes.  Remember that not all that glitters is gold.
  2. PROTEIN.VEGAN.PALEO.  Please just stop.  Last week I was scrolling through Instagram and came across a post for protein pretzels.  REALLY?  Protein F’N Pretzels?  I do not want protein pretzels, vegan pretzels or paleo pretzels when I want a pretzel.  I just want a pretzel.  Put salt on it and let me dip it in mustard.  Plain mustard.  Not caveman or protein mustard. JUST MUSTARD AND PRETZEL.  Thank you.

2013 Year In Review Changes:

  1. Like anybody else and in any other year there was change. Two of the hardest that my family and I have had to deal with were me going back to corporate America.  For the past three years I have been a partner in a web design and social media company.  For the past 6 years I have worked from home.  This past September I started working at DMNmedia which is the marketing arm of The Dallas Morning News.  I traded in my shorts, t-shirts and afternoon runs/rides for a tie and a cubicle.  Timing everything out has been a challenge but one that our family will grow with.
  2. Losing Karen’s Dad.  This proved to be harder than I could ever have imagined.  I lost my father nearly 20 years ago and while you never get over these types of things you learn to live with them.  That is until the scab that has grown gets pulled off and you see somebody you love going through the wide range of emotions that you went through.  Trying to stay strong for them was harder than I thought as the old feelings of losing my dad came flooding back.

What Are Your 2013 Year In Review Highlights?

My year in review on Twitter is here. This brings back quite a few memories of 2013.

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  1. Kevin says:

    What year. Sorry again for the loss of Karen’s dad. It is never easy.

    Couldn’t agree more on the rants. Semi-related is this article my uncle shared with me (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/opinion/egan-words-for-the-dumpster.html?_r=0). Best line in it (regarding dropping the phrase Gluten-Free from our vocabulary): “Red Bull boasts of being gluten-free. So is paint thinner.”

    PS: Pics of you in corporate America requested. I bet that will lead to a good laugh.

    • Jason Bahamundi says:

      This is my favorite on that list, and there are many:

      BRAND A close second to artisan, used as a verb and a noun for self-promotion. It sprang from corporate marketing, and then went viral after every 9-year-old with a Facebook page or a Twitter handle began obsessing over how to shape random life events into a monetized narrative. It’s bad enough that politicians worry about their brand. But prisoners?

      If you think about it I am a brand that is on 24/7 but at the end of the day I am just some guy writing a blog and posting pictures that contain some gluten-free foods. I use best practices to fuel my world-class body but in the end somedays I just want M&Ms. Whatever.

  2. Jeff Irvin says:

    You and me have talked about everything on the list soooooo Happy New Years to you and Karen and I really hope the door hits 2013 on the ass as we are ushering in 2014.

  3. Maria Simone says:

    This is how I felt about 2012 when I lost my mom. I couldn’t be happier for the year to change. I hope you are healing and I hope the new year brings peace.

    • Jason Bahamundi says:

      Thank you my friend. May you and John have the happiest and healthiest and safest of New Year’s celebrations. 2014 will rule the roost!!!!!

      BTW – I smile wide every time I see that avatar. Such a great picture.

  4. Beth says:

    Such a year of highs and lows Jason. I know the loss of a parent all too well and it’s so tough. I’m sure Karen has been blessed by you being by her side and vice versa.

    I’m so with you on the blog sellouts. I HATE all that noise. It can’t all be “the best product ever” right?

    I am so stoked to race with you at Chattanooga and FINALLY meet you IRL.

    Happy New Year!

    • Jason Bahamundi says:

      The blog sellouts drive me crazy. As you say how in the world are they all the best product ever? I mean really. If it sucks tell us that it sucks. That helps the company as well so that they can improve their product.

      I have setup a list of rules to send to companies when they ask for a product review. The first question is: Are you prepared for a negative review? I would say the majority of them do not respond to that list of rules.

      IMTN is going to a full-on blast. I am excited to race, do not get me wrong, but a part of me is thinking: Man how much fun would it be to just spectate and yell obscenities to KC, Beth and the others? HAHA!

      Happy New Year to you and Happy Training!

  5. Tara Gantz Newman says:

    How did the instagram rant not make it on the list? Selfies, starbucks cups, garmin watches, chobani, etc. You have had a heck of a year. I think you nailed three out of the top 5 big life stressors…all while answering my inane questions :-) Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2014 bring you lots of awesomeness!

  6. Victoria says:

    I’m glad there is a #rage section here.

  7. Susan says:

    Aww, thanks buddy – I owe you one (or ten). Next time, let’s skip the broken ribs and go right to our breakfast tradition. :) Here’s to a great 2014!

  8. Karen Whitlock says:

    Time to look forward to Chattanooga and 2014! So with you on the blog reviews. I was looking for a legit review of the new Mizuno Wave Riders the other day. Unfortunately a large group of bloggers were given free ones and all their reviews were basically how great the colors were and copy/paste from the Mizuno website. Not helpful and annoying. Yesterday these people told me how great their Brooks are and today Mizunos are where it is at. Hmmm

  9. John Flynn says:

    Sorry you had to go back to wearing a tie every day. That would be really tough. I’ve turned down jobs for less.

    Other than that, looks like you’ve had a good year! Well done. and I’m pretty sick of solicited product promotions as well.

  10. Lindsay says:

    Let’s see if I can figure this commenting thing out. Dood I am so sorry I’ve missed out on like, all of 2013! I totally didn’t realize… I suck. I’ve done my share of ‘product reviews’ in the past and 99% of the time I hate the obligation, and I’m so with you – I do not follow blogs that are constantly shilling this product or that product. I have to go to Starbucks now and get a coffee with protein in it so I can post it on IG for you!! (Lindsay / CTK)

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