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RE: A Lydiard Thread
Why I liked Arthur Lydiard (and why I miss him so much) and why I enjoy jtupper's involvement:
In 1983, at one of his clinics, he was talking about increasing mileage in the initial stage (though it was not in 9 weeks...). One guy raised his hand and asked him how to do it. Arthur said, "I'm gonna talk about that." The man looked embarrassed and said, "Sorry..." Arthur jumped on it and said, "No, no, no! Don't be sorry, I welcome questions!" He had the mannerism that's so damn straight forward that at times came out as mean or arrogant. But he really really meant it. In 1991, he conducted a series of clinics in Japan. His opening comment was "I'm still learning and I welcome any comment." He really meant it. He loved to watch nature shows. He loved to learn new things. I have no doubt, if he sat down and had a heavy-duty discussion with someone like Daniels, he would have enjoyed learning more about high altitude training which he never really exposed himself to. He really really was a good man; a neat guy to hang around with.
If Daniels is a snob like some individuals seem to claim he is, there's no need for him to spend his time reading through all these messages and drop in and share his experience. Is it just me, when someone like him comes out and says he doesn't know, for some reason, he still sounds rather intellectual while some other individuals come out and act as if they know everything and trash others, it sounds opposite? Even if you didn't coach Gerry Lindgren or Jim Ryun (although I don't quite recall you actually claiming that you coached them...), we still love ya, doc!
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