Your greatest competitor is yourself.
This reminds me of time trials in mario kart where you are like racing yourself from your last course record but past-you is a ghost and you’re an unpredictable bastard because actually you play mario kart like your character is drunk and high and everytime you think youve finally passed your ghost, bam. There he is swerving all through you and shit and making everything confusing
that’s exactly what i was going for. you nailed it.