Just back from holiday to Sandpoint Idaho and Bend Oregon. Lots of good biking and hiking, and some long days in the saddle; however, the structure to my training was a bit too lax because of the social nature of vacation activities.
Had one really good 6.5 hour solo day in Bend with a ride on Mrazik and then selected trails for a total of about 45 miles MTB. I really like the Bend trails - very flowey, but not as intense as many of the trails here in the Canadian Rockies - probably haven't found the difficult trails in Bend yet although there are interesting sections. Snow prevented going on some trails. Also had a great day with my daughter on a Tiddliwinks - Stormking - Whoops - Phils - Voodoo mishmash for about 4.5 hours. It was her longest ride ever and, happily, she reported that it was a highlight of our vacation. A nice thing about riding alone on the trails in Bend, compared to the Banff area, is not having to even think about Grizzlies. (I've had some interesting bear encounters over the last couple of years.) Road riding in Bend is rather awesome with some great rides.
I found MTBing in Sandpoint to be a little disappointing - but the folks there tell me that the epic trails are fairly high and I ran into snow on the one ascent that I tried (Strong Creek - snow started at about 8 miles up and about 2800 feet vertical from lake Pend Oreille where we were camping). Found some OK trails lower (e.g. Gold Hill and Mineral Point) and Schweitzer paralleling the road from near the top was fun. Road riding and hiking in Sandpoint are OK, but not nearly as plentiful as in Bend and the roads that I was on had narrow shoulders and too much traffic.
13 days until I start the four day TransRockies. Have done a couple of easy rides this week and two fairly hard days with fartlek intervals. Easy day with my daughter tomorrow and a long ride on Saturday. Will taper a bit more after that, although I plan to do at least one hard interval day next week..
Edited by canadianskier - 7/20/12 at 7:35am