Great write up Cam. Fifth Horseman always gives me sweaty palms I just never feel confident on that trail! Sweet if you felt like the pilot on all those rock problems. I believe the mind game is a huge determining factor on how well you ride. I know I can do any steep section on my 55,s or Fox 36 fork. If I am riding a DH bike with Fox 40,s those steep sections look far more doable. fresh sticky rubber same.
One should not feel any shame for walking a difficult section. There are many stunts and crazy sections waiting for me that day my mind says im ready. Knowing my bike is quiet and performing perfect also plays a huge role on my mind set.
I love it when Im riding with some one of greater talent( that would be most of my freinds) says: No problem just send it you will be fine. They are correct but your mind needs to envision a successful landing.
Does any one use breathing, meditation before a crazy stunt? I inhale, exhale three deep breathes and try to lower my heart rate .
Best feeling is when I just feel on. I look at all the nasty sections and say I own this moment. If I felt that way all the time I would have to step up my game. I prefer to be a moderately good rider. More room for progression.