Sometimes out on the trail, I come up against a pretty tough section that I'm not sure I can ride. If I am alone, most times, I'll walk it (hike a bike). Even though I can clearly see the line to take, I still opt to walk it instead of trying to ride that section.
Now, coming across that very same section when riding with better riders, I will try it and 9 out of 10 times, ride it clean. What's the difference? I'm not doing it alone, even though I am the only one on the bike!
Same thing happens with recovery. Even though I am responsible for my own recovery, with help... it's not as hard!