I'm new to mtbing, and went on a decent ride this weekend (Matthew Winters Trail in Denver)...and while it was overall a basic trail...holy eff there were some parts that scared the crap out of me and I had to walk my bike down/over. It sucked.
I think the worst was switchbacks with one of those log thingies at the top...so not only do I have to worry about doing a tight switchback, then immediately there's a log/drop...I couldn't do it. And a few other spots along that trail and Red Rocks that were just too steep for me. My riding partner was able to do it no problem since he's experienced.
So I guess my questions is...when just starting out learning to mtb...should I start on easier courses and just keep riding daily to get experience? Or should I just man up and go down some steep trails/drops, etc and just figure it out by falling and getting up? lol Normally I wouldn't mind falling, but some of the rocks around here get pretty jagged and falling on a steep hill with rocks just doesn't look all that fun. lol
The beginners mtb thread/sticky was helpful...I just didn't know the best way to get good. Did most of you learn with friends who were able to teach you things? Did you start easy? Or did you just nut up and fall lots while going on difficult trails?