Competitive shooting is an interesting sport because on any given weekend, 60-100 people show up, divided among 6-8 gear divisions. So, out of those 100, 5 or 6 might win their division. Roughly 95% of the people who show up will not win. And yet they show up anyway.
You might think that the rational thing to do would be to only show up to matches you have a good shot at winning. But that's not what people do.
I regularly win local matches that I show up to, but I'm planning my year around Nationals, a match where I've placed 25th two years in a row. I know I'm not going to win. And yet it is hugely motivating