Visalia’s Pablo Martinez to compete at Nathan’s Scorching Canine Consuming Contest

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Consuming dozens of scorching canine on the Fourth of July vacation in Latest York has change into a practice for Pablo Martinez.

The Visalia native is about to compete in Monday’s 2022 Nathan’s Well-known Fourth of July Worldwide Scorching Canine Consuming Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn.

That look will mark the eighth time that the 2003 Redwood Excessive Faculty grad is competing in what individuals name the “World Collection” of aggressive consuming.

This yr’s contest is returning to the long-lasting Nathan’s Well-known flagship restaurant in Coney Island. Resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 contests alternated places.

Joey Chestnut, of Indianapolis, is the defending champion for the lads. The San Jose State alum downed 76 scorching canine and buns in 10 minutes in final yr’s occasion.

A complete of 16 males and 13 girls will likely be competing within the 2022 contest. Martinez, 36, is the one participant from the state of California and is ranked twenty first in his division. The annual occasion is nationally televised each yr on ESPN’s platforms. The lads’s competitors will likely be broadcasted survive ESPNEWS at 9 a.m., with a re-airing at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.

“I do not suppose there’s one thing akin to it,” Martinez mentioned of the ambiance at Coney Island in the course of the competitors. “I imply, you stroll on stage, on the surf, and the stairwell in Brooklyn, in Coney Island, and there is a sea of individuals way back to you possibly can see. 40,000 folks crammed collectively like a sardine can. I do not know if it will be like that this yr due to COVID, however prior to now, pre-COVID days, it is simply wonderful. The gang, everyone seems to be simply there to see you guys, us. It is like a practice. Everybody on the Fourth of July in Latest York all go to Coney Island, and so they all need to be there and see historical past made, sometimes with Joey breaking one other document. I am simply glad to be on stage with everyone and share that have. It is actually phenomenal.”

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One Visalia sporting occasion does remind Martinez a little bit of Coney Island on July 4, although.

It is the annual rivalry Cowhide soccer sport between Redwood and Mt. Whitney excessive colleges.

Rising up in Visalia, Martinez attended the Cowhide sport “on a regular basis” and was often left mesmerized by the ambiance of the group.

“It is Cowhide on steroids,” Martinez mentioned. “Once more, you speak about 30 or 40,000, simply when it comes to mass folks, it has a really related vitality as Cowhide the place everyone seems to be on their ft, cheering their favourite workforce on. Everybody’s excited to be there.”

Impressed by the Journey Channel present “Man v. Meals,” Martinez acquired into aggressive consuming 11 years in the past.

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On his twenty fifth birthday, Martinez drove to Fresno to participate in a breakfast problem at Batter Up Pancake.

Martinez accomplished the “Grand Slam Problem,” consuming a 25-ounce pancake the dimensions of a giant pizza, a 10-egg omelet and two cups of nation potatoes with a pound of cheese all in underneath 45 minutes. On the time, he was solely the third individual to complete the competition. The earlier two have been skilled eaters.

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Martinez’s aggressive consuming profession took off quickly after, and he turned professional the next yr and certified for Nathan’s in 2013.

Martinez’s private document for consuming scorching canine in a contest is 30. His document for at-home coaching is 35.

On Monday, he is aiming to eat as many as 30-plus scorching canine and buns. His purpose is to common six to seven scorching canine in a minute.

What’s it wish to eat all that meals?

“As you possibly can think about, it isn’t very enjoyable,” Martinez mentioned. “It is fairly depressing at the top. We have actually skilled our our bodies to push it to the restrict, you already know. I actually do think about, folks form of giggle once I say this, however I feel of aggressive consuming as a sport. Most individuals suppose you possibly can go on stage and eat 20, 30 scorching canine, however in case you’ve ever performed that, they will inform you it isn’t that easy. It does take coaching. It does take self-discipline. There’s lots of preparation that goes into Nathan’s. We actually do put in lots of time and effort, getting ready ourselves for that contest.”

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All through the years, Martinez has developed his personal hot-dog consuming method.

What’s it precisely?

“The best way I do it’s the two canine, two bun method,” Martinez mentioned. “I get two canine, eat these first then dunk the buns in water or flavored water, which is what I take advantage of. I get these soaked, eat these two buns after which repeat the method over and once more.”

Does Martinez ever fear in regards to the long-term well being results from consuming competitively?

“Completely,” he mentioned. “If it ever grew to become a well being factor for me, I’d completely drop it instantly as a result of it isn’t value it. There are two issues, both if it is a well being factor or when it stops being enjoyable, I’d cease. When it stops being enjoyable or it turns into a well being concern, I’d really stop the subsequent day, and I would not have any regrets. I’ve performed this for nearly 9 years now, and I’ve had a tremendous expertise. If this was my final competitors, I can be effective. I would be pleased with it.”

Main League Consuming, which conducts the Nathan’s scorching canine consuming contest, covers journey and lodging lodging for qualifiers, Martinez mentioned.

Has he gotten wealthy from aggressive consuming?

“No,” Martinez mentioned. “This can be a passion. I do not make any monetary advantages. If something, I in all probability lose slightly little bit of cash doing it, however you already know, I do not do it for that. I do it extra for the camaraderie that I’ve established with the opposite eaters. This can be a household. It actually is a tight-knit household. We’re all there for a goal. I’ve grown actually wonderful relationships due to aggressive consuming. That’s the fundamental purpose why I’m going again each yr and take a look at to qualify each yr. It is that I get to be with my buddies, and with individuals who I think about my household. I additionally get to be on stage on Fourth of July. That is actually a cool expertise in itself.”

Vongni Yang is a sports activities reporter for the Visalia Occasions-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register. He covers Tulare County sports activities. Observe him on Twitter @Vongni. To assist his continued protection of native sports activities, subscribe immediately.

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