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:
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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.