I will strive to hit new heights at Commonwealth Games: Peaty
Olympic champion swimmer Adam Peaty says the fear of losing is what spurs him on to bigger and better things in his career.
The 23-year old from Uttoxeter hasn't had that feeling very often and has been a champion at British, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic levels.
Peaty's 1.5 seconds win in the 100m breaststroke at the Rio Olympics was about as dominant as they come, setting a new world record of 57.13 seconds.
The Brit also had a particularly dominant two-year stretch from 2014 to 2016, during which he won the 100m breaststroke gold at every major swimming event.
And yet, despite the glittering record he currently possesses, Peaty says it's the prospect of a rare defeat that drives him onward.
"I have this thought quite a bit, 'what happens if I do lose?'," he said. "But that only motivates me to go even further and push new limits.
"There's a saying that if you cut the head off a snake, two more will grow and that's exactly what will happen with me."
Peaty is now aiming for 'Project 56' - to become the first swimmer in history to break the 57-second mark.
It could come at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next week, with the swimmer opting not to rest for the British Championships as preparation.
"The main two events of the season for us are the Commonwealths and the Europeans so we would rather rest fully for them than miss too much training," Peaty explained.
"There was no strategic advantage resting for the British Championships. We would probably then lose out at the Commonwealths. We went straight through it to see what we got.
"Obviously the tapering now comes along which is our happy time where we rest, get a little bit more twitchy and a bit faster so we are looking at pretty fast times come Gold Coast."