In Good Form
We are currently in the middle of the Tour of Spain, one of cycling's biggest road races. During a broadcast on SBS one of the commentators talked about his favourite cyclist who is now a directeur sportif by the name of Jean-Paul van Poppel. He was a famous Dutch sprinter who won stages in all three grand tours, the green jersey in the Tour de France and was generally known as one of the greats. When asked what goes through your mind when you are approaching the last kilometre at speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour, he said "when my form was not good...everything, just trying to work out what I had to do. When my form was good, nothing at all, it just fell into place".
You will hear the same thing said by anybody who has prepared well for a big event. This is where the 'fat bastard' plays its part in your performance. When you have done the work you are prepared, you are excited and ready to go and when you stand in front of an audience you don't need to think about anything it just happens. If you are unprepared, nervous and not sure where you are going to go with your presentation, or your race, then you think about everything and that in itself is when the 'fat bastard' plays his best hand.
The only way to get good form is to work hard and do what is needed in order to have the confidence for when you reach that last kilometre; when you are shoulder to shoulder with the world's best sprinters, the results will just take care of themselves. When you are not prepared, haven't done the work or you have cut corners then the 'fat bastard', the little negative voice inside your head will be in both ears giving you all the reasons why it won't work. The choice is simple. Do the work and put the 'fat bastard' to bed or don't the work and join him in bed.