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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
1500 meters: 3:36.0 WORLD RECORD
1500 meters: 3:35.6 WORLD RECORD, OLYMPIC RECORD
Peter Snell: 3:38.x ?
I agree Lydiard is a fine coach, and also an excellent motivator, the latter however only if you things "exactly" his way and no change, no other ideas, no thinking for yourself. Thus you get motivated only relying on Lydiard but not otherwise any confidence in yourself.
Percy Cerutty was basically the opposite of Lydiard as to philosophy, open mindedness and method. The athletes from his camp were strong minded individuals.
As to method, Seb Coe's training was much like Elliott's, very close, and no resemblance at all to Lydiard.
For example Coe regularly did 40x sprints up a short steep hill in the winter, very similar to Percy's sand hills.
Interestingly Lydiard thought Coe was lying about his training (a quote in RW), and that he was really running 100 miles a week.
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