2014: Year In Review

As I have done in previous years, I wanted to look back at 2014.

In 2014, I:

  • traveled by plane, train and automobile in the Pacific Northwest
  • competed and competed well in The Fittest Games
  • grew my hair out
  • became better friends
  • challenged myself everyday
  • became a psuedo-hipster, again (see 2012: Year In Review)
  • was too much of a morning person
  • moved out
  • became a cyclist, again
  • planned a trip of a lifetime, knowing nothing
  • moved in, kind of
  • connected with people on a daily basis
  • rode a bicycle a little bit
  • watched friends challenge themselves everyday
  • vacationed with special people
  • cut my hair
  • took a job
  • moved out, again
  • created, imagined and executed some very fun designs
  • started a new routine

2014 was great. Some big changes and ones that I will have a hard time adjusting to. I was able to experience quite a bit throughout the year and most of them I couldn’t even imagine at the start of the year. 2014, thank you.

2012: Year In Review

2012: The Year of the ?uestion Mark.

In a nutshell, I:

  • road tripped the California coast following the Thunder on a West Coast swing.
  • sold the first house I owned.
  • moved in with my sister and niece.
  • drank coffee on the beach daily.
  • swam with seals and dolphins in La Jolla.
  • held Kinsey for an entire night when she was sick.
  • commuted in LA.
  • found my way to Austin.
  • watched friends get married.
  • worked 3 days a week.
  • trained 7.
  • hitchhiked.
  • became a psuedo-hipster.
  • had an awful awesome mustache.
  • fell in love… with food trucks.
  • discovered how a city “runs.”
  • finished 140.6 miles in under 12 hours.
  • recorded the fastest time ever to sell everything in a room and move cities: just shy of 32 hours.
  • grew my hair out.
  • drove across the United States… CA-OK, OK-SC.
  • spent, regrettably, too little time on my Halloween costume.
  • watched Blake Bell ruin Oklahoma State in person.
  • had a total of 6 roommates, 5 of them being women.
  • celebrated my 28th birthday with pumpkin pie.
  • met new friends.
  • became a Crossfit Endurance coach.
  • determined karma may be a real thing.

The only thing that was for certain in 2012 was uncertainty. Looking back, I had an incredible year of adventures, journeys and enough time road tripping for hours and hours of self-reflection. Thank you to everyone who made 2012 quite an amazing year. See you around the bend, 2013.

2011: Year In Review

2011 was an amazing year for Ryan Doonkeen.

I rolled my ankle. I skied in Wolf Creek, CO. I dated. I celebrated Mardi Gras in St. Louis. I went with a friend across the pond to London. I was in Dallas at the only victory for the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. I did my first triathlon. I got to hang out at Lake Tenkiller on Memorial Weekend.

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I vacationed to Turks and Caicos for an amazing wedding where I met some really awesome people.

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I was able to spend time in Stillwater, OK. I was in California for the birth of my niece, Kinsey. I visited friends in Milwaukee where I had some really good beer. I saw a Brewers game up close. I saw one of the ritziest places in the state of Wisconsin, Lake Geneva. I learned to surf in California when

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I visited for what I thought was the last time in August. I saw a walk off home run at a Dodgers game.

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I went to my first Razorback football game. I rode the EL and ran a marathon in Chicago in 3 hours and 27 minutes. I saw a walk off grand slam at Rangers Stadium in Texas. I was in Kurtis and Becca‘s wedding. I burned bridges. I went as Mega Man for Halloween where those friends from Wisconsin were able to experience Oklahoma.

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I went to OSU’s homecoming. I was heart broken in Fayetteville, Arkansas as my Cowboys lost to Iowa State. I turned 27. I made friends.

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I won money and ran another marathon in Las Vegas in 3 hours and 19 minutes. In between all my travels, I spent what seemed like every other weekend running with the proverbial bulls alongside Cole and Bo. 2011 was an incredible year. 2012, you better bring your A-game.

I believe I either have or will complete all my goals that I set for the year 2011… well, maybe not all of them completely.

  1. Run 1000 miles – I have 19 more miles in this challenge. I will finish this week.
  2. WHYNOT – I won this one without question. Look at the only paragraph… #WHYNOT
  3. OperationLOBP – This was my mission to get in shape in time for the wedding in Turks & Caicos.
  4. stop drinking coke – I did and then I went right back to it. Snap.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who was involved in making 2011 so great for me!

Zaleski, Ohio

Twenty-Ten is wrapping up and there have been a few changes that have taken place within the past year. I’m getting back to my “Sweet and Sour Sauce” days of doing things. I’m flying by the seat of my pants and I love living the WHYNOT lifestyle. That’s how I will be bringing in the new year.

Looking back at my 2010 New Year’s Resolutions, I did pretty well in accomplishing the majority of them. Here is a look back:

  • train and run in a marathon – check… twice.
  • lose weight – check… I was looking very pleasantly plump just because I didn’t do anything. It needed to happen big time and did. Back to my playing weight.
  • stop drinking coke – kind of check… It happened for 6 months but I got back on that horse. I think I’ll add that to 2011.
  • purchase a house – check… regrettably (kind of).
  • purchase “other things” – didn’t happen….came close but things fell through.
  • get accepted in an MBA program – check… got accepted into the MBA program at UCO, but decided to hold off.

The biggest surprise to come out of 2010 was me becoming a runner. I always got comments from people saying, “You must put in a lot of work at the gym to get your body looking like a soft-shelled turtle.” So I figured I needed to drop a few El-Bees at the beginning of this past year and to do so, I took up running. I set out to run one marathon and finish. It didn’t matter my time or my place, but I just wanted to finish. I printed off a training program, spent quite a bit of cash to get everything I needed for winter running and got in the zone. I completed the Oklahoma City Marathon in April and by that point in time, I was already signed up to run the New York City Marathon. I’m really glad I was signed up for another race already because I had something to train for. I’m not sure I would have continued running as much as I was if I didn’t have another race on the horizon. So I kept up my training and finished the NYC Marathon in November. Because of that second marathon, I am now hooked. I don’t have another marathon in mind, but I have continued running. It let’s me get out on the road and not think about anything other than listening to myself breathe. That’s the beauty of running to me.

Looking forward, I have a few things that I will be doing in Twenty-Eleven/Two Thousand and Eleven/2011. I am going to make things happen for me in 2011, but there are a few that I can’t voice on this forum. Those who I have told, know it is a big deal and something I really really want. Things need to happen in order for me to follow through with it, but I think once the new year hits, it will pick up speed. I AM MAKING IT HAPPEN. Also in 2011, I plan to run to Zaleski, Ohio. Well…I’m not really going to run to Zaleski, Ohio, but I do plan to run 1000 miles by the end of the year. 1000 miles puts me right at Zaleski, Ohio.

I hope to keep this map updated and let you know where I am throughout the year. You can also follow my progress on Runkeeper. Alongside this whole 1000 miles quest, Operation: LOBP will be in full effect just in time for Wedding Season in Turks and Caicos!

2011 should be a really fun year on the Ryan Doonkeen front. I’m excited to see what it brings me. I have already kicked things off, except for the tracking of the miles, and I get more and more excited each day. I’ll be keeping up with these 2011 resolutions on 43things.com. Cheers!