That's the lesson I learned this week, even though I was overwhelmingly reminded that sticking with what you know is not a bad plan either.
After qualifying earlier this month, I was invited to the finals of the Quaker Steak and Lube Bare Bones Wing Eating Contest. It was held Tuesday night and the top prize was $250 cash and $250 in QS&L gift cards.
It's an honor just to be nominated, right?
The event was a speed eating format. There were eight qualifiers (including myself) who were given 15 chicken wings and a serving of french fries. Then they hit the stopwatch. Fastest eater wins.
My competition included last year's winner, his brother, Waunakee's Head Football coach, one of his players, a big talker, a short guy drinking a lot of whiskey and one hefty sized gent.
Paul, the Head Football Coach, brought his entire team, plus a variety of other students to cheer him on. Imagine 40 football players surrounding your table, but you're the opposing team. It's a little intimidating.
I went with a chicken wings first, fries second strategy. Bad choice.
At 2m 15s into the competition, the brother of last year's winner put his hands up signaling he was done. I still had four wings and all my fries left. I also had a small feeling that ingesting that much food, that fast, it wasn't going to stay down. I did keep it down.
The football coach followed in 2nd place and the big guy was next. At that point, everyone else gave up because there were only prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd.
I can say that I put away 15 wings in about 2m 30s, but I can also say I enjoy eating like a normal person too. Check this one off the bucket list
Here's the winner & his prize. I didn't get his name, but nuts to him anyway for beating me.