What did we learn?
Living a life on two wheels there is always something to be learned. One of the things I love most about riding is just that. The constant change in conditions can really help fine tune your riding skills and keep you on your toes. How hard or how fast you can ride all depends on how hard or how fast you are willing to fail at it. There are many techniques you can use to make sure you enjoy your day and don't end up on your back. Check out my jumping techniques, if there is a certain 30 footer that you are a bit timid on.
There are certain things you can get away with on a bike and certain things that you can not get away with. I will admit that sometimes a rider gets lucky.<
The only thing that I can't over stress is don't be an asshole. Its the times when you think that you can do no wrong is when karma jumps up to keep you in check.
I also believe in the rule of 15. The first 15 minuets and the last 15 minuets of your ride is when you are more likely to end up on your back. First 15 because you are fresh out of the gate all hot and squirly. The last 15 minuets of your ride you start thinking about calling it quits for the day. Hitting that jump one last time and putting some extra stank on it can sometimes make you wish you didn't. Or doing a burn out in front of your buddies on your way home can send you out of control or burst a tire. My father always told me, "Riding is serious business".