I guess this is the same shit even elite riders or pros go through but multiplied by 1000x, when they are sitting up top of a absolutely crazy stunt. I can see it playing out. Hey man, you can back flip this 70 foot canyon gap, followed by are you fkkng nuts!!! No really, lets do this. Woo hoo, oh shit, ahhhhhhhhh!
I'm sure it's exactly the same, just a different level.
I have to remind myself when I'm riding with my wife that I shouldn't push her. Just because she rode something last time that I find easy, doesn't mean she isn't struggling mentally with it, like I can at times with the features at the limits of my ability that I have done one day, and am not up for the next.
Hitting Crabapple after 3 months off the bike on Sunday and feeling good about yourself doesn't mean you're ready to hit Coastal Cruise the next Sunday on your 3rd lap just because you know you 'should' be able to do it and coz your buddies are doing it. That kind of thinking is what gets you snapped. A couple more warmup laps would probably have done it, or maybe by then I would have known that it just wasn't my day. But nope; I have a broken bone to try teach me the same lesson all over again.