Amanda Lovato doesn't like it when she hears pros say that they're going to "participate" in a race instead of saying they're racing it.
As for me, I participate in races. Even while going as fast as I'm able. I don't entertain any delusions of head-to-head competition with anyone.
Except if I see woman with a calf number in my age group ahead of me. Then it's game on. Unless I'm mid-bonk, that is.