Crowded park=More confidence?
Im not the BEST at park, but i can do little stuff like boardslides, 180s, butters, presses, etc..
One thing ive been noticing is that when the park isnt too crowded, i tend not to try new things. When the park is crowded, or there are some pretty good riders around, i tend to sack up and go way bigger than i usually would feel comfortable with. I think ive narrowed it down to a couple reasons
1) I generally ride alone, so when the park is empty, im scared that ill wreck hard and nobody will spot me, and ill be laying there hurt for an hour before someone cruises by
2) When there are better people around me, i get motivated and figure they rather see me bail a 540 off a huge jump than land an ollie off of it. I'll usually try to spin out of a boardslide or press if people are around, and not if the park is empty.
3) I generally hope (and it seems to be true) that if people better than me see me trying to go big and not landing it over and over, theyll come up and give me some pointers on how to stomp it out, but if im just ollieing over everything, they wont come up and say "Hey dude you should be doing bigger things off that jump"
4) i admittedly like to show off and let people know that, even if im not landing a certain trick, i got the balls to keep trying it till i get it.
What i dont understand is why my motivation goes way down when nobody's around me. you would think that with the park empty i would be trying bigger things so im not embarrassed when i fail, but its the exact opposite. Can anyone relate to this or am i just weird/trying to be a douchebag showoff?