About the Frank post
QUESTION: I'm really suprised to read some of the latest posts. I ask my self: Why this focus on Marius' training and results, or lack of good results?& I have to say that I'm suprised of the statements some of you have posted too.
ANSWER: First – in the factual field this is not true. Among hundreds of daily posts, the ones that focus on Marius that are a very little percent. Go to the “search” of this site and type El Guerrouj, or Gebre, or Bekele, or Tergat, or Rui Silva, or Alan Webb, or Cherono/Shaeenan or Bob Kennedy, or Carlos Lopes, or Baldini, or Sebastian Coe, or Ron Clark, or Peter Snell. Etc. etc. – and that´s not me that just posts that – and you will see that Marius last comments are simply “is a drop of water in the ocean.
Secondly – do you read this post frequently ? We have been posts, discussions and comments from and about what are consider the world´s best coaches in distance running and about those runners. Some comments are more technical, some are more scientific, some are comments about the race results, some are just rubbish. So, I wouldn´t be not so surprised. What I never read here is that a runner that comes in his self defence or self arguments as Marius did.
QUESTION: With all respect, I believe that you will get less inside information about what went wrong during Athens, or details about his training, when you accuse the "target man". Poor strategy.
ANSWER: No one ever takes the lead of a run by speed up the main event pace - involuntary. What happened before or after doesn´t invalid that act of poor strategy.
QUESTION: I also believe that most of you seem to undermind Marius' training schedule, since you seem to not understand that his training does not contain ONLY of exercise at his lactate threshold. Marius are actually carrying out quite much training near, or faster than his race speed too. How much of "this" and how much of "that" depend of which phase he is in during the year.
Finally, I do not understand why you need to have specific information about the different training sessions Marius and others do?
ANSWER: When someone say an idea or a comment in a public discussion that idea to be effective and consistent needs to be support by facts, testimonials, or strong arguments. In a court (that we aren´t) when you defend or accuse you need to show to all community the evidences and proves what your line of argumentation. Everybody may have the same access without restraints to the prove evidences. How may we contest or argue if you catch the evidence ? Also, you have no right, or null evidence, if you argue with no proves. Thus, it will be no fair that you claim that “the training is perfect” if you don´t show the training at all. Your argumentation simply that´s null. That´s what Marius and you tried to introduce here. His training argumentation – but that´s null, because we don´t know what it is as he knows. Even in situations that we are testimonials “as that olympic run”, you don´t want to say the reasons, you simply say that “we don´t know”, but we have seen it ! So, the argument that´s null.
QUESTION: Most of their training will not fit you, and to copy them will probably not help you at all.
It is more important to design your training to the target - your body - to fit the exercise intensity with the biological quality you have to develop.
ANSWER: all over the world a few people comes to me – some are runners that I coach - saying that they think that they ask lots of interesting questions about “generic training questions” and Marius Bakken training (not daily schedule or daily workouts) in Marius Bakken site and for some reason they never get Marius answer – to a point that some have give up to keep on posting and asking that questions. Recently Marius Bakken said in one post of his site that “he loves a good discussion”. That same people are very surprise that Marius posts some of his own training concepts and arguments about in this LetsRunCom site and did participate in a site with an intervention that he used to refuse in his own. But he is free to do so !. Since Marius declared interest for “AT” or “LT” (whatever) as a valid training format is known by his own expression I see as natural that people be interest in what Marius do in this issue and in Marius participation in this thread “that´s the main reason why people show interest in Marius training and nothing more.
But what we people we really don´t understand is that as you say - if the Marius training “to copy them will probably not help you at all” why is Marius so willing to send us information about Sebastian Coe weekly mileage or workouts – that he did express in 2 posts oif this saem thread. Now, in the Sebastian Coe individual case ther´s not the danger that the runners copy and uses and fits that inadequately or why in that Coe specific case Marius thinks that people need to have specific information about the different training sessions ? Or Marius did a mistake according your idea? Or the case of Coe or that of Marocco training that Marius have in his site that´s different, in that cases ther´s no problem of misuse ?
My best wishes