2014 Year in Review

Wow, another year.  Where does the time go?  2015 – can you believe it? And other cliché  lines about how time flies and a year is done.

Seriously, though, it’s a great time to look back on what happened, how it happened, and how it sets the stage for greatness going forward.  I looked back at my end-of-2013 post (and my recap of my numbers for the year), and thought about the same sort of things for 2014.

So, like 2013, this was a year of bests – some of them besting bests I bested at in 2013. That sounds awkward, but you know what I mean:

  • IMG_0312New PR in a 5K (Runner’s World Heart Break Hill Half Marathon & Running Festival) – 23:38
  • New PR in a half marathon (South Shore Half Marathon) – 1:46:01
  • New longest bike ride (Canary Challenge Century Ride) 103.1 miles
  • Most miles biked – 2,151.1 miles (vs 956 the prior year)
  • Most miles run – 314.6 (vs 272.73 the prior year)
  • No surgeries or major injuries (though I had my first experience with IT band syndrome…and my second, and the first half of the year was overshadowed by a lingering stress fracture and tendon injury from 2013, so no running until May 2014)

I took my cycling more seriously and to another level. I got a Wahoo KICKR, and started training with TrainerRoad and The Sufferfest training videos. Wow. Having those videos push me and control my trainer to make it harder at the right times was amazing, and benefitted my cycling a lot. I wrote about the value of using something like this – check it out.

clean14I decided to take some things out of my life so they would stay out of my body and contribute to improved health as part of the clean14 challenge I launched. I cut alcohol, coffee, processed food and soda out of my diet, and plan to keep all but coffee out in 2015 – I just won’t let my drinking of coffee become a dependency the way it did in 2013. I encourage and challenge you to find something or somethings you, too, can remove from your diet to help increase your health and happiness.  It isn’t hard to do – start with even one item you know you should avoid, and go for it!

It’s also a year that decided to leave a company I thought I’d be with for the rest of my career, which was obviously a tough thing to go through.  But it also opened new doors for me, and was a great source of growth and learning – as life always should be.

As far as newbodi.es goes, I got to work with some great clients and help inspire people to better their Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 12.46.25 PMlives, which is so important to me.  I learn a ton through my work helping people and educating myself to help them more.  I learned a lot more about nutrition this year, which I’m benefitting from, too.  I also did a lot more blogging and video blogging/podcasting than I did in the past (though it trailed off as I got into my new job given time constraints…I hope to get back on it again soon!).  I also became a FitFluential Ambassador, and have connected with some really amazing and inspiring people through it. FitFluential is also the reason I got onto Instagram, which I’m having a lot of fun with.  Unlike Twitter and Facebook, the response to your photos is instant, which really helps get my message out there.  I was posting a lot of shots of my juicing activities, and started to see other people start juicing, posting pics of them juicing, and saying they were inspired by ‘some guy who was blowing up their IG with juicing pics’.  Awesome.
09thumbnailI also got to interview two amazing and inspiring people as part of my podcast. First was Dai Manuel. Dai is an amazing guy who has a similar backstory to me in terms of childhood obesity and using what he’s learned in his own quest for health to inspire and help others. He’s just a super inspiring guy who go beyond out of his way to help literally everyone. I’ve really valued getting to know him, and was honored to be able to interview him.

27thumbnailThe other interview was with Alex Hutchinson, an author and columnist for many popular magazines like Runner’s World (where I first learned about him). Alex is a great writer, but also has an incredible ability to research, understand, synthesize and educate on the underlying science behind fitness and performance. He wrote an incredibly useful and educational book called Which Comes First: Cardio or Weights? that I recommend to everyone. Interviewing Alex was great for me to talk through some of the questions I have for him (or my readers and clients do), but also because I was a bit star struck and excited to get to know him. He’s proven to be a great guy, and has always written back and been so helpful any time I’ve reached out to him. Great guy, great writing.

So lots of great stuff and achievements.  Some things I wish I didn’t have to deal with (like ITBS or my injury from last year constraining my running). I do feel a huge sense of growth in terms of my understanding of my body and my mind, and that gives me great faith in what’s still in store for me.  I have some great books to read next year (one I’m really looking forward to is Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra), am thinking about doing my first marathon, and just generally have a lot of great things I want to achieve that I know I have the means to achieve. Pretty good place to be, right?

What did you do in 2014 to enlighten.your.body? What will you do in 2015?


About bryan falchuk

bryan falchuk is the founder of newbodi.es, a certified personal trainer, behavior change specialist and the best-selling author of "Do a Day". bryan coaches people on their whole health - the physical, mental and emotional combination of wellness that we need to thrive and change our lives.

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