I have no drive to be a show off or keep up with the dudes at the trails. I just enjoy the time in the bush burning calories. If i have some fun along the way and dont get hurt, its a bonusThe benefit of accepting you're slow is having less moments where ambition exceeds ability. Ask me how I know.
That said, I am riding much better and more confidently than when i started. Just dont have any pressure to meet some progression goal.