Nobby, thanks for all of the great posts, I have read them all and your insight is very valuable.
I like what you posted about... "I wonder how many of those who claim “I’ve read Lydiard’s book” actually read the content, trying to understand the principle, or just check out the schedule?
I think the same holds true for Daniels' work. I think a lot of people when they want to learn Daniels', simply buy the book and flip to the VDOT charts and the prescribed workouts. That's a crime, brother. You could have some decent teams doing this, but you're going to miss out on learning the principles of training. Lydiard and Daniels are stressing the same principles. Aerobic first, transition period (daniels uses reps even says hills may be more beneficial) then some interval-type anaerobic (3/4 speed) stuff finishing with a race specific sharpening period. People who don't read the program they are using will never understand HOW to use training in the form of the "art" that you are talking about. Daniels says in his book some people may need 140 miles a week, but the principles at 140 miles a week are still the same as they are at 50.
Lydiard was hitting all of the right training zones without the "scientific" terms, etc. Daniels just put meanining and research to why these paces, distances were effective. I mean, you can't discount what Lydiards athletes did, simply amazing. When you look at Daniels' Threshold pace, Interval pace, Repetition Pace and Fast Rep pace, they are equals to the 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 paces Lydiard talks about.
Anyways, you guys keep the info coming, it's great.