I was wondering how people have 'progressed' from being an XC kind of rider, to more jumps, more air, gaps etc.
I guess this is more specifically for people who are 40 or so, not youngsters and their brains of invincibility.
A few of my mates are taking on things a bit harder/faster/higher etc. No I've done a bit of Morzine, the usual Llandegla, Afan, Cwmcarn etc. But i'm more of a wheels on the ground kind of rider, but there's the odd jump thrown in here, the odd bit of air there and the odd bit of crashing too I guess. But still... anything that looks 'dubious' then i'm likely to be rolling it rather than unleashing myself off.
There's going to be the obvious reply of going to see Jedi, but that's easier said than done both on timescales and finance.
Did you just decide to suck it up and get on with it and send yourself down the hill faster ?
In this context is it more 'about the bike' than other disciplines ? When we were in Morzine I found things easier than my mates, mostly because I was on a Bionicon with 170mm, they were on a Zesty with 140 and a Stumpy with 120.. So the extra travel really helped me. But of course, the bike is only part of the answer.