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Nobby
RE: LYDIARD OR DANIELS?
I can still VIVIDLY remember the first time my wife took me to skiing in Japan (Zao). Yes, she simply told me to "lean into the hill" (she had been skiing in Rocky since she was 4). Me? I thought I was athletic that I could handle this "skiing" business easily... Let's just say my calves (not shin) were very sore from the edge of the ski boots! Oh, and my butt too!

When Lydiard was in the US, he suggested to me, on the hill training video we were showing, that we need to show downhill running technique as well. I assured him that the downhill section was already filmed; it was just the matter of putting them all together. Yes, the trick is to "lean into the hill" and not to lean backward where you would get too much "braking" action. You can really fly doing that way but, of course, you may pay the price in your thighs if you're not used to it.

One thing I noticed, doing hills in the winter (MN), is that, if you can find some bridge that runs in angle going over freeway--snow seems to melt a lot from the heat underneath. If you can do approximately a mile or so of a loop with such a bridge, it would be perfect to do some repeats over that. Guess not too many people are that lucky though... Be creative.

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