Kyle Buckingham’s Hardest Ironman Track Workout

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Aug 20, 2014
  • Updated May 18, 2016 at 11:50 AM UTC
During the track workout. Photo provided by Kyle Buckingham.

First-year pro Kyle Buckingham won his first Ironman in Lake Placid in July, clocking a 2:57 marathon to win by more than 12 minutes. The South African was the overall amateur winner at the Ironman World Championship in 2013, and his 8:37 was good enough for 16th overall. This year he’ll go back to Kona to race in the big leagues, fueled by tough sessions like the one below from his coach Raynard Tissink.

This long, tough track workout—it works out to be close to 20 miles—was given to him as part of his training block with Tissink.

“We like to use this session on a track to increase speed,” Buckingham says. “I would not say it’s my favorite workout but it is definitely beneficial to work on your speed.” He also uses it as an opportunity to test race fuel. “I like to practice my race nutrition by GU Energy on the track so I am comfortable when I get to a race and know exactly when to fuel.”

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2K easy

Main Set
28×1000 at marathon pace with very short (1–2 min) recovery

2K easy

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a contributor for Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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