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RE: A Lydiard Thread
Again, it comes down to knowing your athletes; physiologic and perofrmance characeteristics, personal traits, habits, preferences, mental and emotional makeup, etc. Applying principles in the training of each person is what good coaching is all about. People email to me all the time and want me to write training schedules for them, which is fine, but I first need to know about their life. I ask them this: "What have you done for training up to this point? What has worked and what hasn't? When have you prospered? When have you failed? How busy is your daily life? Do you have a manual labor job? Do you have some stressors that I need to know about? What races are you shooting for? Which ones are a not important? Which ones are very important? Do you eat well? Right? How much quality sleep do you get daily?" The list is long. Hence, training is varried and few people have the exact same training schedule when I am through with designing it. I believe all coaches do the same basic things: get to know you as a person. The templates for certain training phases have basic, constant elements but the variables influence greatly the specifics.
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