Some days it’s all about how you frame what what happens.

I left the gym this morning mulling over how I scaled the METCON and still failed to complete it. I wasn’t overly concerned about it, but it was rattling around in my head.

The METCON was


Power Cleans
Front Rack Lunges
Push Jerks

The prescribed weight was 135 and we were given 15 minutes to complete it. I scaled the weight to 115#. When the clock expired I had completed 3 front rack lunges in the round of 9. So I came up 15 reps short.

It’s always so easy to get caught up in what we didn’t do. I know I’m not the only one. Then I got to thinking about what I did do today.

During our skill work today I pulled off an 8 or so second free standing handstand. I kicked up to the wall to set myself then leaned out away from the wall and stayed there! It was an awesome feeling. Even better than doing it was having a witness! As soon as my feet hit the floor I was looking around to see if anyone saw me. My buddy Mike called out immediately, “I saw that, Paul! Awesome!”

So that happened today and that’s pretty damn cool.

When I got home I pulled out a calculator. There were 135 possible reps in this METCON. I did 120.

120 reps x 115 pounds is 13,800 freaking pounds! I moved 6.9 tons of weight in 15 minutes this morning! Safely!

I think it’s fair to call that an accomplishment.

So remember folks, don’t get down about what you didn’t do. Catch your breath and take pride in what you did accomplish!