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RE: A Lydiard Thread
I had a discussion with this college coach and here's what he has to say (hope he's not going to sue me for the copyright!):
"While I have considered myself a Lydiard guy for many years, I never fully adopted his classic schedules until this year. Nobby (and Lorraine Moller) had a lot to do with that—they convinced me that the leap of faith was worth making. So, we did...
After a roughly 10-week base period from early June through mid-August, we spent three weeks doing some hill work and introductory speed sessions (with 2x week strength training) to prepare for a 24-day anaerobic phase...
The hardest part of “selling” this approach to the incoming freshmen is that they were used to doing intervals right up until their late-season races. “How will windsprints and time trials make me faster in the 5K or 6K later in the season?” they wondered. As Arthur noted, once the aerobic base has been built as solidly as possible (i.e., when you must start the process that leads to your target race), I let them know that we cannot magically go back and capture more stamina—doing so would risk affecting the freshness of the legs they need during the continuation of racing. That’s why it is critical that the athletes take their base acquisition period very seriously; because, once anaerobic training is concluded for that season, the goal is to maximize that base—there’s no going back to get some more stamina if the work didn’t get done earlier (nice Life lesson, too).
What’s happened is that most every athlete has not only seen improvement from race to race but from last year to this. Better still is that almost every kid finished their 6K race this past weekend with their last mile fastest and all feeling strong and fast over the last 1000m—the three frosh had never run beyond 5K; yet, each was within a few seconds of their best 5K times of the season while passing through the 5K during the 6K race."
One thing is that we suggested to taper quite a bit (sorry Tinman) and replaced long reps at steady state pace with shorter sharper stuff. I shared the schedule Glenn shared with me because I liked it a lot (hope it was okay, Glenn). In short, we basically made the training schedule "lighter" or "easier" and the girls are running much faster (I think he said something like 40' to a minute faster). This is one of the biggest things about the Lydiard program; when you're ready, you ARE ready!
This is lesser known sotry but in 1992, when Toni Hodgkinson, a totally unknown with PR of 2:03-800m only a few months before the Olympics, advanced to the final, improving her PR (and NZ national record) almost every time she ran down to 1:58 in the semi; the improvement was so rapid that we started to receive calls, questioning possible use of performance enhancing substance(s)! She was coached by the late John Davies on the Lydiard program almost to the tee ("to the T"? What does this mean anyways?)
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