Nobody asked him to do it, but he stepped up to the challenge anyway.
It's good he doesn't eat guac since that would be 106 additional guac charges.
Mark Rantal started a burrito bowl eating marathon the way anyone starts a burrito bowl eating marathon: He just kind of fell into it. According to Rantal:
“The whole thing was totally an accident. On Monday I decided to get Chipotle and on Tuesday I made the same decision, then got lunch with my friend there on Wednesday," Rantal told ABC News. “We laughed about it at lunch and he asked how long I thought I could go. And that began the thought."
The news story got picked up this week after Rantal did an AMA on Reddit, where he revealed a lot of interesting facts about his quest. In response to a commenters' questions about whether he gets the same thing every time, Rantal responded:
Yep! Burrito bowl, white rice, pinto beans, fajitas and sofritas. Pico de gallo, corn, medium salsa, cheese and lettuce.
I put the lid on, turn it upside down (only rookies shake silver-side up) shake it up that burrito bowl like crazy, then eat the whole thing with a bag of chips.
He also hasn't had any stomach troubles, despite everyone's assumptions:
My bowel movements are really consistent now. After a week there was no burn at all. Smooth and firm for months now if you must know.
Colon strength reading at 100% captain.
And even though he's gained a bit of weight, those were his intentions:
I have a protein shake in the morning, and about 20% of the time I'll eat a second meal, and maybe another 20% of the time have a snack at home.
Over the 101 days I gained 14 lbs. All of which I wanted. I had lost the weight after cutting meat out of my diet and was lighter than I had been since middle school. Freaked me out and I realized I had to start eating more.
And he got asked about the inevitable Jared comparison:
One of the guys I contract for joked that this would be a great "anti-Jared" campaign. Because once I got back to my regular weight (I'm 5'6", and hover between 140-145), I didn't gain any more. The idea was to do this whole campaign where the whole time I was just asking people to stop asking, because I'm just fine. Not healthier, not unhealthy, I'm just fine.
We got a kick brainstorming a few commercials and print ads before realizing that we had actual commercials and print ads to work on.
The funniest part of this whole ordeal, however, is that in the middle of his AMA, Reddit removed his post from the IAmA subreddit and put it in the less-prestigious CasualIAmA subreddit:
Hello JohnMarkParker! Your post has been removed because this topic isn't suitable for /r/IAmA. Try posting in /r/CasualIAmA instead.
He tried to appeal it, and a hilarious discussion over the merits of his burrito quest ensued:
Hey Courtiebabe! I understand and would love to appeal.
The sidebar states that AMA's should be about:
"Something uncommon that plays a central role in your life"
"A truly interesting and unique event"
I feel that my experience meets both of these criteria.
A diet is a central role in anyones life. But further reading shows that this rule exists to ensure that "a person's topic [is] something that they know thoroughly and is important to them." I assure you that my knowledge on this topic is thorough, and that it is quite important to me.
As far as this being an "interesting and unique event," while everyone will have different opinions on what is interesting, I think this certainly can be described as unique.
How else can I go about appealing the post removal? I was having a great discussion and would love for it to continue on /r/IAMA, where I feel it belongs.
Thanks for your time, I really appreciate the work that mods do and don't want to be one of the assholes I'm sure you deal with!
They kept it removed, however, and JohnMarkParker was banished to the underworld of casual AMAs forever. I guess Reddit thinks someone hiking the Appalachian trail, a surgeon using robotics to cure cancer, and the CEO of GoPro are more important than a guy on a burrito bowl marathon. Don't they understand that progress is relative?