Sometimes in real life speed does not matter at all. It is the steadiness and being sure of what we want that matters. If we are focused and persistently moving towards our goal, we will reach the destination eventually. Even if we are taking one step at a time, we will make it to the goal.
Even in the story of Hare and a tortoise, It is because hare showed overconfidence and shifted his focus that he lost the race but Tortoise was steady on the way towards it goal.
Life is not just about competition. Even if competition is there, it should be a healthy one where everyone participating is looking forward to learn something valuable.