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RE: LYDIARD OR DANIELS?
Okay, I've just rolled in from being with one of my athletes. I rode my bike alongside him as he ran his "effort" run. Nice time to think about 1:49's question !!!!.
I may need Nobby,Glenn, HRE and Tinman to support here.
I did not actually do a "specific" workout with Arthur to know "How he knows". But this is what I picked up.
I feel you possibly need only a few weeks of Anaerobic work before "tackling' the sharpeners.
Lets take a workout like 10 X 400 @ half effort. Using the athlete I was with this morning would look at him running that at around 62 - 64 pace. If he managed to do that at 'around' the 62-64 pace then I know we are 'on track'.
If at any stage he struggles with the workout and I mean here that he drops off considerably and runs a 70 then we shut down and just run easily.
When we complete a 4 week block of Anaerobic work within the boundaries of what we set ourselves then we are ready for the sharpeners.
I 'know' when an athlete has 'overcooked' using 2 methods.
1. The stop watch.
2. Their 'form' falls apart.
I learned these from Bill Baillie as well as Arthur.
To answer 'Gone but not forgotten'. Regarding Goals.
With my athletes we set Goals for the season. Usually involving a "Title Race" that is quite some time away from Goal setting day.
We then set the parameters of what the workouts will entail to get to that goal.
I train the athletes using Arthur's 'For as long as possible'Aerobic running, followed by Hills, then the Anaerobic work and finally sharpeners.
We keep an eye on the Timetrials but always look at 'conditions' that may surround the circumstances. eg Today with my young athlete I said lets try to run this 2.5 k. at around 8;20 pace. We were on trails.,it was frozen underfoot, A VERY cold wind blowing on a section of the course and some of the trails had been maintained lately and were a little 'bumpier' than normal. I did a time check at one mile and noted we were about 5 seconds adrift, no problem that is about right for a day like this. At the finish we were 8;26 . That was fine. The kid was delighted.
I was pleased because it says we are about where we need to be at this stage of his training.
When doing repetition work ensure that we do not run too quickly. I prefer running slower than prescribed rather than faster.
I tend to 'undertrain' an athlete so that they go into Championships "busting to race". I developed that idea from Arthur.
So guys does any of this help what you are asking.
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