12 minute contest (IFOCE rank in parenthesis):
1 -Joey Jaws Chestnut (1) - 8.05 lbs
2 - Rich the Locust LeFevre (7) - 5.3 lbs
3 - Erik the Red Denmark (12) - 4.55 lbs
4 - Jason the Erbivore Erb (34) - 3.7 lbs
5 - David Brickhouse Braunstein (31) - 3.35 lbs
6 - Andrew McKirdy (NR) - 2.75 lbs
7T - Carl the Hungarian Freight Train Ronto (NR) - 2.65 lbs
(Carl was the amateur champion the past two years)
(Scott Sayer is "Scott S"), "Earthquak Jake" won the media contest with 2.75 lbs in 6 minutes the day before
Déjà vu all over again. This was my third straight year participating in this contest and the top four finishers have been the same each year. Obviously, I was hoping for better this year but Rich and certainly Joey are stallwarts at this contest. This contest has been a bit of a victory lap for Joey the past two years after winning at Nathan's, he has been able to ride the wave and run away with the title. Rich always manages to keep a frantic yet steady pace for the entire 12 minutes, one that I have not been able to match.
This year we were presented with 5 lb plates (meat and bone) of pork ribs as opposd to years past when we had 3 lb plates I believe. Not a big difference, but it does help to get an idea of pacing if the plate increments are smaller. Either way, I think I ate at about the same pace the entire contest, which is totally against how I usually eat. The ribs came off the bone pretty easily but the meat was more chewy (maybe more fatty?) which made it harded to swallow in my oipinion.
It is not a satisfying feeling at the end of a contest to feel totally normal and no pain or discomfortort from the food that was just eaten. Sounds backward but really it is the worst feeling in competitive eating. It hasn't happened often in my career, I usually feel like I want to crawl out of my skin at the end of a contest. But after the ribs I felt totally comfortable, like I had just eaten a big lunch after the contest. This is not a good feeling, it means I didn't get close to my capacity. My total poundage for this year was slightly below what I ate last year (4.7) but I felt 10 times better after the contest. I don't know what that means, I guess I need to figure out how to eat ribs faster.
Regardless, this is one of my favorite venues and contests on the circuit and it is the only regular contest that I can drive to. It really has been a no-stress envirnoment, just a chill weekend at the beach and slamming some ribs on Sunday. Thanks again to Heather and the Chinook Winds Casino and Resort for being such great hosts. I'll be back next year.