Yesterday I attempted the unimaginable. Joey Chestnut on the 4th of July won yet another Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship. This is one of the most inspiring and dynamic championships to win and it got me excited to see the numbers I can put up myself.
I’m an average guy. I played club hockey in college, I’m 6 feet tall and 175 pounds. Joey Chestnut can pound back 70+ hotdogs in 10 minutes. I decided to take my average talents to the kitchen and compete against myself.
I guessed that I would be able to eat 9 hotdogs in 10 minutes. I figured an average pace would be about 1 dog per minute and that seemed like a SMART goal (Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely). I didn’t even come close to this goal. I finished 2 hotdogs in the first minute and took a lead out of the gate. However, then I was very full. Over the next 4 minutes I finished almost 2 more hot dogs. I left a bite out of the 4th hotdog on the plate and I couldn’t finish it.
I quit and I’m proud of it.