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RE: A Lydiard Thread
What did "Lydiard" invent?
Long runs--no, others were doing it before him.
Hill training--no, others were doing that too.
I think the biggest thing is that he "put it all together in a balanced manner." He didn't like people doing nothing but long distance; he didn't like people doing nothing but intervals. He did intervals as well (though he called them "repetitions"). By the time Lydiard put them all together, even he admitted it, most of "inovative" training methods were done. "We knew all the different types of training," he said, "it's the matter of putting them all together in a balanced way."
Also, don't forget, he "invented" jogging for ordinary people. Van Aaken might have come close or earlier but it was Lydiard who really put this activity on the map. How he started the jogging activity in NZ in 1961 just has to be a legend... Hotlanta is lucky to have met with some of the original participants of that day...
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