So true Darrin
I had done a lot of riding on the WTA trail system prior to my first Alafia visit and thought of my self as a pretty decent rider, that is until my first ride on North Creek and learned I didn't know diddly about riding a bike! One thing that really helped me is to keep your headup, by this I mean look ahead rather than fixate on the impending DOOM
all around you. North Creek was my first introduction to a bench cut trail and fixating on the trail edge was paralizing
Your bike is going to go where you look, so look ahead, pick the best line and your bike will respond, DO NOT !!! look at that wash out, root, rock or that's exactly where you will go
As you become more comfortable with this new style of terrain you will be like a kid in a candy shop as you continue to challenge yourself with progressivly harder trails. Next on your agenda should be bridges and the first loop of rock garden which can be ridden over and over starting and ending at the bailout by the wood fence. This section of rock garden is about a half to three quarters of a mile and consists of several small 3 to 4 foot drop and climbs and is a great training ground.