This is the same old boring cornering/handling question with the new spin of specificity (and frustrated desperation).
My dirt-handling is so bad relative to my fitness, that I am rolling by default into a cardinal sin: I am not tired after a cyclocross race. Road race? Done. Crits? Vomiting. 'Cross? Alert, fresh, dirty, and hideously embarrassed.
For the love of Lars Boom, somebody help. Controlled course drills? Mountain bike trails? Hypnotism? Liquor? What the heck do I do? I'm tired of this and I want to get better. Run ups are fine, barriers are a breeze. Straight run to a hole shot? No problem. Bendy path through a field or S turns through a drainage ditch? I'm Simba dodging wildebeests.
Also, how in the name of jumping-jiminy-**** do you navigate a hairpin that goes down a steep hill and back up (the 180 is near, but not at, the bottom). Seriously, I'm suspecting voodoo of some kind. I'm sure there's something I can work on, practice, to get better at stuff like that. The problem is, I'm at a point of ignorance where I don't even know where to start.
Somebody help. I'll owe you forever, just aim me in the right direction.