"Ben's quotes are simply his verbalization of the sensations that he experienced once he REFLECTED on what happened."(JJ)
Give me a break JJ, he's telling us what he was thinking, but yet you feel the need to add something.
If you think me citing Carl as an example strengthens your point, you are missing my point for sure. Carl ran a personal best that day, he hit his highest max velocity while looking over at Ben, the same max velocity (12.1m/s) he hit when he ran his perfect race in the 91wc on a faster track. Carl did not loose because he was thinking and chose to look over at ben, he lost because Ben was able to out accelerate him and match his top speed.
You are missing my point; the mechanics of sprinting may be totally hind brain at the elite level, but staying on task is not automatic. Therefore, "sprinting" as a whole is not hind brain.
Ask coach Tellez who is the fastest sprinter he has ever coached, and he would tell you Joe De-Loach. Joe could not stay on task during a 100m, but he sure could in the 200m. Ask Floyd Heard why he perfers the 200m and he would tell you he likes it because he has more time to think and setup his race. In fact alot of 200m guys would give you that same reason for them having more success in the 200 over the 100. For the real good ones the 100m is a long race.
Stop trying to defend a theory and open your mind, you may see some truth in what I am saying.