There's always going to be somebody who takes a dislike to you and you can't waste time worrying about it.
Never set limits, go after your dreams, don't be afraid to push the boundaries. And laugh a lot - it's good for you!
You can be strong and true to yourself without being rude or loud.
Actually I don't choose to expose myself in public. I choose to compete; the other side just comes with the package.
In the week before a race, I try to stay away from germ areas. I keep disinfectant wipes in my bag for when I have to use a supermarket trolley or something like that.