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Poster: another canuck
Subject: RE: Renato Canova - Arthur Lydiard Coaches Roundtable
I am also surprised at the Canova bashing. If you read his materials (and there is a pretty solid amount posted here over time) there is no question in my mind it is a thorough and comprehensive program more relevant to todays speeds than Lydiard's. Of course Lydiard made major and significant contributions that we all now use as a base, but Canova has refined and added to it.Canova is dealing with the practical issue that to win a major marathon now you must be prepared to run sub 2:04. Maybe if Lydiard was still around he would make similar adaptions, but we know that canova has.
It also seems to me that Salazar and Lagat's program are closer to Canova than Lydiard, while incorporating many standard Lydiard principles.
Finally, the most absurd criticism is to say that Canova is good only because he has the best athletes. He does have the best athletes, but they are also producing at an astonishing rate.
I have used a combination of Canova principles for the past few years and believe they have helped me and my athletes tremendously. If they don't work for someone, then don't use them!
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