The phrase is “race to the finish”, not “slow down when you see the finish line because the race is almost over”.
When you’re in a race against another competitor (and really, when aren’t you?) and you know where the finish line is — you don’t stop running until you cross the finish line.
Race to the finish line (and past it!)
There are plenty of YouTube videos out there where someone in a race is so far ahead that they begin celebrating as the approach the finish line instead of waiting until they are over the finish line.
When you see the finish line, you should start running harder.
The race isn’t over until someone crosses the finish line, and if you get too comfortable (no matter how much you’re in the lead) you could still lose unless you give it your all until the very end.
You might be asking “That’s great advice if you’re in the lead, but what if you’re lagging behind??” My response would be to recommend the same strategy:
When you’re racing to the finish line, push harder, dig deeper, and run faster until you’re all the way to the finish line (and beyond it).
You never know when the person seemingly in the lead will get a little too comfortable and start to ease off the pedal — and that’s when you can make your move, take the lead, and break the tape before they even realize what’s happened and wind up in second place.