So much of smooth, effortless cycling is about you.
Your attitude determines everything.
It’s about your approach, your confidence, your ability to take a “love tap” from the rider next to you for what it is vs what it might be.
Spotting a poor attitude is a piece of cake, especially off-road. It’s shaky. It’s unsure. It’s a death grip, and petrified arms. All of it is screaming, I’M GONNA CRASH
My limited education grandfather told me over and over Attitude Determines Altitude. He rose to become VP of Kellogg’s.
Take it from from Grampa, your attitude will determine whether or not your next ride is awesome or ahhhh-crud.