Workout Wednesday with Todd Buckingham
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you!
We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri!
This week we have Todd Buckingham, a student from the United States who earned the bronze medal in Cozumel. Since his medal came after competing in his very first ITU World Championships, we can maybe expect a lot from this marathon runner in the years to come!
Name: Todd Buckingham
Age Group: Male 25-29 Standard Distance
Profession: Exercise Physiology PhD Candidate at Michigan State University
How you got involved in triathlon?
My friends talked me into doing one a few years ago!
How often you train?
Daily, 15-20 hours/week
Best training advice?
Consistency is key. Not every workout has to be the best workout of your life
What motivates you to race?
To push myself to my limits and see what I’m capable of
Favourite swim workout:
16x50 every 4th all out. 4x100 steady. 12x50 every 3rd all out. 2x200 steady. 8x50 every 2nd all out. 400 as 100IM/100free steady. 4 x 50 all out.
Favourite bike workout:
My favorite rides are when I can just get out, go long, and enjoy the weather. Nothing fancy, just going out and spending some time in the saddle.
Favourite run workout:
I love long runs. I started running before I got into triathlon. This workout was from my Boston Marathon buildup. Main set: 4 miles slightly slower than marathon pace (15-20 seconds). 1 mile at marathon pace. 3 miles slightly slower than marathon pace (15-20 seconds). 1 mile slightly faster than marathon pace (5-10 seconds). 2 miles slightly slower than marathon pace (15-20 seconds). 1 mile slightly faster than marathon pace (10-15 seconds). 1 mile slightly slower than marathon pace (5-10 seconds). 1 mile easy recovery (60-90 seconds slower than marathon pace). 3 miles at marathon pace