Let's say you're fit enough to complete the race (say a 10k), but you've lost a month of training, so you know you're at least 2-3 mins off PB potential. Do you race? Do you do it simply as a training run? Or do you hate the idea of collecting a poor result, so volunteer to help at the race, go back to training and only race once fitness is regained?
I'm just curious. I guess the more competitive guys probably don't race unless totally fit. Those who are more into the fun aspect will.