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RE: Early Genius
Let's talk some on the length of the base phase, which has gotten a lot of mention here. It is here that we seem to have seen a difference between the two theories. I learned early in my coaching that when working with sprinters it was important not to neglect any portion of the training spectrum. If you chose to not include some work (albeit very little) ATP-CP work in the early phases the athlete would have a hard time transitioning to it when necessary later on down the line. I think this is what eventually sold me on Daniels line of thinking. Yes, distance running is different (more similar than maybe we give credit though) than sprinting, and a pure base phase is necessary. But for how long? I think it's very effective to blend in other intensities while still working on a solid foundation of aerobic development (for all those good things like ventricular hypertrophy, elevated hemoglobin, elevated mitochondria, etc). While Daniels SEEMS to only look for a short, exclusive aerobic phase, in looking at that second phase closely you will find an extension of the first phase. It leaves you with a Lydiard-esque base, with some work on getting ready for you harder intensities.
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