I'm back and I'd like to use this space to thank all those who sent me a message concerning my dad's health; HRE, Spider, Kim, Glenn, Brian, Tinman...and all the others (it was a bad choice to name some names...I know I've missed some!). Thank you. Surprisingly, he is doing well and even recovering. He should have been dead 15 years ago and has had several scares over the years yet he just keeps on going, and going, and going... It really shows that you never know. My landlady's father (while in college) had a massive heartattack and the doctors told his family that he would not last over the weekend. 90% of his heart tissues were dead. He lived 2 years with only 10% of his heart functioning.
Interesting discussions while I was gone (and some pages gone...I was wondering what happened to "hottest female runner" thread as well...!). I'd like to chip in a bit again.
I would not necessarily say that specifics for anaerobic training as "missing" in the Lydiard program. In fact, I think the way he put it (that ambiguity) is a beauty of it. I would be curious to know which "elite" athlete and his/her specific training you were referring to but I wonder if that's the case of "driving with rear-view mirror". He/she did certain workouts (reps) and when you timed them, they were in such-and-such times in such-and-such numbers. And because he/she has been doing that for many years, he/she can predict certain level of performance from certain level of intensity or specificity of the workouts. How Lydiard put it "run one fast and jog one till you had enough" is the best way to describe how anaerobic training should be done for each and every individual. No one, as far as Lydiard was concerned, can tell you exactly what to do in anaerobic training. One might had enough with 12X400 while another would have to continue 25X400 till he "had enough". Some react better with faster reps in less number (Walker) while others might prefer slower but more reps (Dixon). You can NOT pick the individual and say, "Because your mile time is such-and-such, you should do so many of 400s in such-and-such time." NO ONE can do that. Lydiard said that anybody who comes out and give you the explicit workout simply guesses; and when you as an athlete or your coach does that, you're in trouble because more than likely you'd either do too much or not enough.
Also in terms of hill training, Lydiard NEVER neglected, or thought any less of, hill training. If he had a choice, he most probably would have prescribed 4 to 6 weeks of hill training for 6 days a week. He cut down the days from 6 to 2~3 simply because (you should know, Glenn) when he was in Laten countries, he noticed people there were very emotional and easily got tired of same workout day in and day out. He noticed they got adequate benefit from 3 days a week of hill training so he just kept it that way. One of the questions I asked to the original "Arthur's Boys" was why NZ has lost its edge. Most of them said that even some runners/coaches follow the Lydiard program, none of they were doing the kind of marathon conditioning and hill training that Arthur actually gave to the Snells and the Halbergs. They were simply the toughest guys in the world. As Snell said (presented by HRE), the secrets weren't in the track workouts; the secrets were the conditioning phases (marathon conditioning and hill training) that they did; the way they did it. I believe that.