My mountain bike gets more riding time than my tri bike. I do it for the challenge of improving my technical riding skills (and there is lot's to improve!), plus it seems safer riding after dark on the trails than on the road, like I often have to do. I like to do epic/endurance events; last year I did a 24hr solo and a 100k ride. I don't do any short course racing.
I ride mostly in the Pacific NW, of course, but have ridden a good portion of the areas within a 12-hour drive. Sun Valley, Tahoe, Moab, St. George, Ogden, etc. Still lots of places I need to visit, though.
I mostly ride eastern PA which is very rocky and rooty so it tends to be alot of technical single track.I went to the Vermont 50 this past fall and found it was a lot more up than down.I cramped up around mile 14 but hung out at one of the aid stations and consumed lots of salt and was able to finish.I plan on doing the "Wild 100" in W Virginia this year which will be my first 100.<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
Wow, I just looked this up and it looks like a blast! I love how they hand you the map just minutes before the race start. I'd be totally into something like this (maybe a shorter version to start) if I didn't live 3,500 miles away. Wonder if there's one around here...where do you find out about these types of races?