Recently I have gone clip-less. This transition is not the easiest that is for sure. I get more power, hopping and climbing ability but with out the right momentum I get into transitions, where in the past I could tap the dirt with my foot, today I eat the dirt or tree or palmetto bush. My arms and legs have some wonderful scab tattoos from each of my many falls. Actually it is a slightly funny because I sometimes fall in slow motion. You would think to avoid the pain I would clip out faster..oh no I try to make that last minute adjustment and then it is hello ground. Even with practice at home in the grass it just does not prepare you for the dynamics of the trail.
Let me also add that I have started to ride with other riders out at Alafia. Funny story: I was riding with Brad, who happens to work at an ER, we were riding Roller Coaster (Note I have been on roller coaster two times and always take the easier path) he was talking me through each of the harder drops. There is one drop that is steep and has several big roots while the up hill portion is smooth except at the bottom you need to adjust in order not to hit the tree. Thats right after Brad went I said I can do this. Brad was at the top positioned between me and the tree. Hello tree. There is a piece of my chest on some of that bark. Funny thing is I did not let go of my new bike it was tightly held by my left hand.