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RE: ARTHUR LYDIARD OR JACK DANIELS?
Not quite dawn here in NZ so my response maybe slightly sleepy !!!.
If there is a subject on Arthur's training that I am weak in it is this one.
Howvever, here goes.
I am an advocate of the ankle drive, extended 'back' leg brigade. I also emphasis a slight exagerated driving of the arms.
The hill I use is 800m long, but has a really good section that is marked out in 100, 200 , 400 at the start.
For beginners I use 100 to 200 as the work can be quite tiring and part of Arthur's hill work is "form". It is important that the "speed" up the hill is slow and the emphasis on the "power" as you drive off the ankles.
As the athlete becomes more experienced we push the distance out past 400.
Where I do deviate from Arthur is the down hill run.
This would be the most controversial aspect of his work.
I understand the East Germans really questioned him on this.
Also I feel with some athletes the downhill run is not done well (Thay "brake" rather than stride out ... I was a classic at that !!) also some are rather muscular and end up with really sore legs.
So what I do is the fast striding along a flat section at the bottom of the hill.
John Walker only did the uphill section of the programme and the strides on the flat (His legs would not handle the downhill running)
There is so much information here with HRE myself and Nobby (Glen has not chipped in yet)that I feel that all of you should do what John Davies had to do when he started with Arthur.
Arthur took John around the various hills that the guys trained on in Auckland. John watched how each athlete
did the hill work, Arthur said "Okay, John you now go to your hill and work out how you are going to do this workout."
At the time John lived in Tokoroa some 140 miles from Auckland.
Nobby has eluded to this by telling you how Ray Puckett felt the work should be and also Peter Snell.
Hope I have added something relevant here.
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