While I know it's not ideal, I'm looking for others thoughts on doing a bike tour in the final build up to Ironman.
The tour is a seven day event, 60-100 miles per day. I anticipate being able to ride at any pace I want, either pushing the race or recovering as I see fit. It is a small, low key affair, not worried about an testosterone fueled paceline on a daily basis.
I won't be able to do any real swimming during the week, but I should be able to run before or after biking as I feel up to it.
The tour will end three weeks prior to IMMT, so it occurs on the last build week before my scheduled taper.
IMMT is my second IM, and definitely my "A" race for 2012. No serious race goals, but I would like to put together a solid race, which for me means being able to run the marathon.
Um, you have opportunity to ride ~500 miles 3-4 weeks out from Ironman??? That's perfect- maybe make a couple of those rides harder paced, but all those miles will be great for your bike fitness. And it's another opportunity to fine-tune your race day nutrition, which is always good. Try to do short runs sometime after you're done most of those days and you'll be fine with your run training during that break. Do it and enjoy the adventure!