I guess i understand. Lydiard should be an outstand individual.
When i subscribe the sentence "Wow, Lydiard training seems ridiculously hard" my comment is at the level of training methodology, at the level of rational ideas, not that i fight Lydiard the individual.
I have great respect for Lydiard the Man, opposed to what you might thing or some of this board might think. I fight Lydiard training as method not Lydiard the Man. He was a man with a M capital letter.
Contradiction. Who can say that isn´t contradictory ? We are all contradictory to some extend. Simply some people made in stone aren´t aware of his own contradictions.
Barbara Ann wrote "His best Coaching was when he was "on deck" with athletes or anyone who wanted to run for that matter."
I always imagine Lydiard as one pragmatic coach based on skill and experience.