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RE: A Lydiard Thread
I second Glenn. You seem to know what you need so you should simply coordiante your training accordingly. Don't just follow a schedule, any schedule, blindly. If you know what you need, simply include that. There was a period when i know I needed more hill exercise. I included one day of hill training throughout the marathon conditioning phase. Why not?
Now I don't know how long it takes for your LT system to deteriorate but I feel the question is rather "how long does it take to develop LT system to fullest?" If it takes 10 weeks (I don't know), then you start developing it 10 weeks before your important competition. Or else, why do you have to do that throughout the year unless you want to race year-round? Is it a bad thing that your LT is "not touched" for a certain period of time? If it is, by all mean, include that year-round. With those things, everybody's different. I'm sure Lydiard would not object if the athlete go crazy if they don't ANY intervals at all for more than 3 months to include some intervals every 2 months. Regardless of what's (supposedly) best physiological theory, the idea is certainly not to go crazy. The idea is to develop you as an athlete in a holistic way. Why 4 weeks of anaerobic development phast when you come just right after 3 weeks and tend to go downhill after that? Or if you just can't get it right even after 5 weeks. It it takes longer than 6 weeks, by all mean, you need to structure your schedule accordingly.
Any training schedule is nothing but a guide whoever wrote it.
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