I don't know about you, but I ride for fun. You don't have to be super good in order to have fun. If you're not racing for money and only riding/racing for fun, it doesn't really matter what place you get and how well you do. When you're sitting at the ER you don't care about bragging rights either. I had to learn this the hard way. Was doing some practice laps where I was pushing myself pretty hard. Landed a table top and about 40 feet later ended up on the ground in a gnarly OTB crash. Broke my wrist and messed up my shoulder real bad. Might not even be able to have full function in it any more...which taints my future. Ruined my summer. Had many plans. Not anymore. Can't ride or do anything fun anytime soon. I'm pretty sure you get the picture. Sitting here, I only wish I wasn't pushing myself that day. I have come to a conclusion that if you ride for fun, it doesn't matter what your skill level is...as long as you're having fun. Spread out your learning curve. Learn through seat time that is in your comfort zone. Yes it will take longer for you to get better as a rider, but does that matter? To me it doesn't. Well not anymore. Don't wait for something to force you to realize this as I have. It might be too late. Luckily my incident wasn't as serious and I'll be able to ride again in the future. I hope. So again, go ride and have fun but don't push yourself beyond your limits. If you do, you might be the one writing this sometime later. That is if you will be able to write... So again and again, know your limits, ride safe, and have fun. I only wish you all the best and hope you learn something from my mistake. Rant over. If you are a pro or seriously aiming to be one, you know your stuff. It's a different view point for you. But still, be safe. Getting hurt is tough no matter what.