I need some help here. I'm fairly new to mountain biking, always been more of a roadie, so I'm catching up on bike handling skills. Most of the trails I do around here involve some pretty sketchy downhills---very steep, with sharp switchbacks. The trail is sandy, too, so I don't feel very secure re. traction.
Here's what I already know I should do:
Look ahead, no fixating on what's in front of me
Pick a good line
Get the weight and butt back off the seat
I have clipless pedals, and am comfortable with them (have heard those can help). Any other suggestions? I really hate bailing on these!
A related problem: I am a bit afraid of heights, so technical trails that I could do in my sleep become an adrenaline-induced nightmare when they're on the side of a mountain. I know, don't look down, and I don't. But I still know the drop off is there. I snowboard and ski too, and used to have the same heights problem with those until I got good at them. Is this just something that I will get over as I do it more?