So, how does one prepare to eat over 20 hot dogs in five minutes? Two 45-minute psycho runs on an empty stomach, is always a good start. Alex Perez is semi-pro. The "Moose," as he's known to be called by maternity ward nurses (he was a big baby), is the ex-Marine of Mexican, Guatemalan and Japanese descent who won the inaugural World's Spiciest Donut Eating Contest at Hypnotic in August. He kicked back six Devil's Death Dance pastries with ghost pepper-laced icing, cayenne, jalapeno and Serrano peppers. All that of that was followed with a shot of tequila (he brings his own), a rather impressive, yet masochist, ritual and I'm just really hoping he slams them back with a loud laugh.
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Moose is always on the lookout for competitive eating contest, so when I heard the world's greatest hot dog eating champion himself, Takeru Kobayashi, is going to judge a hot dog eating contest at the State Fair on Friday, I figured Moose would be game. He was.
There aren't many details on how many people are in the contest or who they are, but we know that they have five minutes to eat as many hot dogs as they can. I talked to Moose today on what sounded like possibly his drive home from work to discuss his preparation.
"I'm fasting now and will up until the event," Moose said. "Then tonight I'll do a 45-minute psycho death run, then another one in the morning."
A psycho death run something he picked up in the Corp and involves a balls-out run, push-ups, pull-ups, and anything that brings him to the point of wanting to vomit.
"It's really to burn a ton of calories," said Moose, "and I run really hard - to the point that I almost throw up. That's when I know it's a good workout."
In between those workouts Moose said he'll imbibe in a little protein shake to maintain basic nutrient levels. Then tomorrow is a half-day of work, after which he'll spend some time getting his head in the game.
"I'll arrive at the Fair early to check things out," he said. "I'll be cool before the competition and try to take it easy. I'm usually shaking at that point, kind of grumpy, I'll have negative thoughts, which is all natural because your body is just reacting to everything that's going on."
In terms of a prediction, Moose feels good because he already won a corndog-eating contest and he did pretty good there, "I'm thinking in five minutes I can eat 20 hot dogs."
The winner walks away with $1,000, so this is high-stakes. In the doughnut contest he just won the right to say he won. That's nice and all, but $1,000 can buy a lot of tequila.
We'll follow up with Moose on Monday for the full report.