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Eating contests and Eating challenges around Kona & Denver

IFOCE recap of Albuquerque

This is what the IFOCE web site has in their recap:


Albuquerque Journal article

Here is a link to a scan of the article which I assembled from cutting out the newspaper:


Note: it may take a few minutes to load, but OH is it worth it!! And you may want to right-click the link and SAVE AS.

Albuquerque Competition Is Done!

The event was today -

It was held at the New Mexico State Fair ... Great time! Tonight the results, and tomorrow I'll have more stories and pictures...

1. Leland (local guy from Colorado) - 16
2. Levi Oliver - 13.5
3. Me - 12.5

Levi & I were totally taken by surprise.. Congrats to Leland, his big win is a great great thing for him!!



My bad...

Sorry for the lack of updates. I've been busy, and still training, eye on the prize!! I've got some pictures from earlier this week - I will get those up as soon as I can. Later.

A quote

Yellowcake says:

“What I do, and a lot of IFOCE eaters do this, is a week before a contest I’ll drink a gallon of water in about three minutes” says Big Brian. “That stretches out your stomach so that it gets used to holding large quantities of food.”

Tuesday 9/13...

Positive results. Had 3; working on technique. Have to find out a good soak time. Will put up pics later..

And we're back!!

Nothing for a few days...

A couple of DMB shows pretty much cancelled the training. But the shows are over, so get back to the issue at hand ... 9/24 ...


I wanted to train the new technique, but this cheap a$$ bread I bought just totally disintegrated when it was put in water. W@W. Will get new bread for tomorrow. Here are a few pics:



For the past few days at work...

Been drinking large quantities of water in one shot, multiple times per day. Tuesday, 16oz then 16oz later, etc. Wednesday & Thursday, 32oz (1 liter) three or four times each day. Today, 32oz + 16oz a couple of times. Get the stomach capacity adjusted...

Good article

Askmen.com has an informative and generally positive introduction to competitive eating.


Here's something -

Subject: Why is it not possible to drink a gallon of milk in an hour?
Date: Mon Apr 2 22:02:25 2001
Posted by Megan
Grade level: 7-9 School: LHS
City: Lowell
State/Province: IN
Country: USA
Area of science: AnatomyID: 986263345.An

i've heard that it is humanly impossible to drink a gallon of milk in one hour,
but i'm wondering why that is? i'm wondering to the reason why the body rejects
the milk? is there someway to buffer the effect it will have on the digestive
system, so that maybe a person would be able to drink a whole gallon without
vomiting or becoming ill??? any help would be great!

Date: Sun Apr 22 13:41:58 2001
Posted By: Elizabeth Kunkel, Faculty, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Clemson University
Area of science: Anatomy
ID: 986263345.An

The primary reason it is not possible to drink a gallon of milk in an hour
is related to stomach capacity. The capacity of the stomach is about 1
liter (Wardlaw and Insel. Pespectives in Nutrition, third edition, 1996).
When stomach capacity is exceeded (whether by milk or any other food), the
natural response will be vomiting. The stomach empties into the small
intestine at a rate of about 1-3 milliliters per minute. When you figure
how long it would take to clear a gallon of fluid from the stomach, it
would take almost a day for it to enter the small intestine. The best
solution to this is to consume milk along with other foods spread out
throughout the day.

It's Over

The competition was Saturday. Here's the scoop:

Tommye & I got to the Taste about 2pm. Found the IFOCE guy handling the signups. I saw the list of entered athletes; being a realist, I pretty much knew the results. There was Rich LeFevre, Ron Koch, Donovan Busta. Positions 1, 2, 3 right there. I'll get back to the results in a sec...

So Rich Shea takes the stage. After some pomp and circumstance, the contestants are announced one by one. There are 11 of us. I think I came out fourth. My spot is 2nd from the right. Maybe 300 people in the crowd. Good feeling up there looking out on the crowd. There's Tommye, Amy, Michael, Paul, Steve, and over there's Tod and Becky. That's cool!

The eating: we each had three plates in front of us with 5 cheeses piled on each. Sammies were inconsistent - some nicely toasted brown, some yellow. I would have preferred more grilled as that's what I trained on.

10..9..8..7..6..5..4..3..2..1..GO! Grab, fold, dip, bite, swallow. Repeat. I don't remember a whole lot until I get down #4 at the 2:10 mark. A little off my pace. Can I keep the same pace for 8 more minutes? Rich was on #8 at that mark. Wow. He is not #3 IN THE WORLD for nothing! Wow! Go man go. His method - using a 8x8 cake pan filled with water, he would bathe the gc in the liquid, and then kind of inhale the wet mixture. He may be on to something!! The eating's a blur for me until 8:00. I'm on #7. Rich was probably on #15 or #16. When the 10 minutes expire, I've finished 8. I think I finished #8 at 9:45 and watched The Locust (LeFevre) for the last bit. I'm in awe!

As expected, 1-3 was LeFevre, Koch, Busta.

1. 21 - LeFevre
2. 19 - Koch
3. 12.5 - Busta
4. 12
5. 9
6. 8 - me
6. 8 - Dan, training to run a marathon
8. 7.5
9. 6
10. 5.5
11. DNF

So there it is. I could make some excuses - the 90 degree heat, the sun on the stage, a cut on my right index finger, but I won't. Respectable showing, I mean downing 8 is no small task. Eight is what I ate. I think we all knew that with Lefevre there spot #1 was his. And Koch would take #2. So #3 was open. When I heard Busta was ahead of me and going strong, well, so it goes. This is a guy who downed a Chipotle burrito in 54 seconds. And he ate 3 of the humongos in 8 minutes. Say what?

Next - in three weeks, a qualifier at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque. I'll be posting the training etc as necessary.

Training Dinner #3

Oops, sorry for not doing an update last night..

No sugar coating. Eating 10 kicked my ass! Good on 4, ok for 5, but things got tough at 6. Whoa. More later..

Oh yeah...

I am revealing my IFOCE alter ego: Skinnyboy.