However, the Great Cardio Challenge has become more of a tap on the shoulder rather than the smackdown it was intended to be. The Primary Child pointed this fact out to The Perfect Child on her blog. Both The Perfect Child and I are doing our cardio, and sharing the numbers. I'm having trouble extracting my pictures from my files at the moment, but I'm emailing the results to her. The problem with the trash talking portion of this event has to do with the fact that she doesn't want to trash talk about an old lady with a bad knee falling behind the count (which I haven't yet) and I don't want to really trash her efforts due to the fact that she is overloaded with work at the office. Her day began yesterday at 6:30 a.m. and she was not on her way home until around 7:30 p.m.
BUT, in the spirit of a semi-professional trash talker, I will say I am well ahead of The Perfect Child, and have such a comfortable cushion, my meager efforts this week will be more than enough to stay in the lead. Unless, of course, she does really turns up the heat on Saturday, but I'm thinking she'll be WAY too tired to do enough to take the lead.
In addition to the cardio minutes she will actually let me count, I have my golf days which provide cardio minutes, AND the last two days I have been helping at the Principal Charity Golf Classic locating golf balls for the participants. This is a Champions Tour (Seniors) tournament and it is kinda fun to see all the old guys I watched years ago. I figure running after errant golf balls was worth a cardio minute or two. It was predetermined, sadly, that unless I was out for a regular walk I cannot count my pedometer miles in my cardio minutes. I'm keeping track of those minutes on my own, and I have completely blown her out of the water adding those to my "acceptable" minutes.
I did the bike this morning, as much to stretch the knee as to get my cardio done. The "dreadmill" is a bit harder on the knee, so sitting on my butt and pedaling seems to be easier on the old joints, plus, as everyone knows I'm lazy, so sitting is always preferable. I'm hoping for a short walk this afternoon, but who knows if the rain will hold off. We got the sprinkler system opened up yesterday, so I'm sure the rain is on the way.