Perhaps the most important skill to be learned while riding a mountain bike is a mental one: Even after decades of riding, it’s simply not possible to have a good one without knowing that you’ve just cleared a section of trail by choosing every aspect of your path through it — and great ones happen when it all seems effortless.

By contrast, a bad ride is almost always comprised of countless obstacles appearing in the trail and meeting your tire in just the wrong way, throwing you off any number of things.

It’s called “target fixation.”  Stay focused on where you want your wheel to go — really look at it and point at it with your whole body — and it just will.  Up to you to forget the obstacles when you see them, though.