So it's great to push yourself to keep up with someone who is better than you. It's even better when that WOD comes up when you can beat them. But are you holding yourself back comparing or challenging just one or 2 people?
I have been to a lot of competitions lately and I was surprised not too long ago about a team that I watched. The team was comprised of 4 athletes who have all competed individually and done well. They had never competed as a team however. They finished each WOD first in their heat and it looked as if they were blowing the competition away because of how far ahead they were on their heat they looked relaxed and like it was nothing for them. So why did they not even finish in the top 10?
There was no driveit seemed because they had such a comfortable lead in their heat they slowed down. They could have done much better. I bet if they were next to the number one or 2 team they would have driven that much further, that much ahrder, that much faster.
How does this relate to you and your training? You have to push yourself to what you can do not just to be a few seconds ahead of your group but ahead of yourself. Do you really need to take a break? Or are you taking one because someone else is? Are you running as fast as you can or are you just staying ahead of someone else? If they are moving as fast as they can and you are only pushing to stay ahead of them, are you getting the most out of what you are trying to accomplish?
So what is the downside of this? Not pacing yourself! If you ARE trying to keep up and hit failure it takes much longer to recover to be able to do that little more to finish. With that don't pace too slow. I see so many trying to avoid failure because they think it will stop them for longer than a short break but what is too long? You should push to failure sometimes! You need to know your limits! You need to increase your limits. If you are a smart ass and have no limit then you should have won the games!