I live in MN and started mountain biking last summer and really fell in love with it, but have had a rough time getting started. I asked my BF to take me out to a place to try out and he took me to a fairly technical singletrack trail. While exhilarating and really fun in a lot of parts, it was also fairly disastrous (though created some cool new scars). After that, I went biking a few times on some beginner/intermediate trails by myself and had a blast, though I also thought that riding alone and pretty far from civilization might not be the best idea. I asked the BF to come out with me to a trail I had successfully ridden before and about 15 minutes into the ride, fell and injured myself pretty badly and enough that I was off the bike for awhile. So, I really really really want to do this, but don’t quite know how to approach it. I have tried getting other friends of mine interested in trying it, but they are all starting to get this glazed over expression when I talk bike, so I have moved away from that. We have a bunch of great trails here, I wonder if I should just pick an easier one and go at it alone. The BF has also offered to go back out with me, but I am sort of frustrated with where that leads; he is really good but also doesn’t/can’t really explain how to do things and thinks certain things are self-apparent (like “well, you just pick the line.” Ummm…I know what this means, but not really how to do it!!). There are group women’s mtb rides here that are welcome to riders of all experience levels, but I worry about holding all the other people back (and also have about 8 weeks until those start). This is frustrating because I really really love riding and want to learn how to do it better; I love being covered in mud and grass, I love the absolute exhilaration of going downhill. However, I am a bit scared after being injured and I don’t really know where to restart or what to do to learn how to get better. So, any advice/pointers/tips/help ya’ll could offer would be really appreciated. I am currently trying to get in miles on bike paths and dirt roads and doing a bit of skills work in fields (like working on balance, sharp turns, going through sand, etc.).