The worst thing was that I just felt like I was out of my depth... and out of control, especially as I am always trying to keep up with a far more experienced ride partner.
All that falling off hurts, and I was doing it with alarming frequency, despite trying to improve my skills.
I had been to a coaching lesson with another mountain bike coach a couple of years ago. It gave me some tips, but I found it didn't really lead to a demonstrable improvement in my skill level.
After I watched some of Chris' videos and got a lot out of his tips, I thought I could really benefit from some coaching to help me build my skills and confidence, and address bad habits. I really wanted to enjoy my riding experience more, lose the fear, and stop patching myself up.
So, about six weeks ago I signed up for some private (in-person) Groover Method coaching. I also signed up for the Groover Method online course at the same time - the two are very complementary. The online course helped reinforce the coaching, helping me remember the core rules and apply them. I’ve experienced improvements from the very first lesson, and have already had several light bulb moments.