We compete WITH our TEAMmates. We compete AGAINST other teams. There are too many other runners to compete against during a season for us to add TEAMmates to the list. Your TEAMmates should push you to be better and help you to reach your goals. Competing AGAINST your TEAMmates in meets and practice will only cause bitterness, jealousy and resentment. Competing WITH your TEAMmates in practice will raise the level of effort for both individuals to achieve better results. Competing WITH your TEAMmates in races will increase the advantage from “1 on 1” to “2 on 1” or “3 on 1” or to even “7 on 1” and dramatically increase the probability for success.