Nah it’s fair point tbh. I’m usually top 10-15% on climbs round here which I’m happy with considering this is really the first time I’ve cycled consistently on a weekly basis.
As for descending KOM’s… If things go well, you have favourable conditions and get a clear run and you post a good time, then great, but I’m not going after them.
I’d never really push myself on a descent. Too many variables that aren’t in your control and if it goes wrong the consequences can be terrible. Better holding back and being able to react than going over a wall or something.
There’s also not really any way to “work together” on them, not safely anyway. Not only do you have to be really confident in your own bike handling skills, but in the people you’re riding with as well… and you’d have to be a pretty serious cyclists for me to trust you enough to let you get close to me on a downhill section.
tl:dr I’m a big wuss who doesn’t like descending because it frightens the pants off me.