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Kim Stevenson
RE: ARTHUR LYDIARD OR JACK DANIELS?
Ditto again to Rich.
Slightly related is my mention above of 'bagging' workouts when I was training with Bill B.
Even though I thought I knew him well I did not realise that if things were not going well that he would not bother finishing what was planned and just run easily. I always thought he would complete the workout as best he could.
One day we had a 1200m Time trial planned. We started it and I was taking my turn at the front and have to admit I did not feel good at all. At the same time Bill tapped me on the shoulder and said "Shut it down, it's not going well". ( he too was feeling lousy)We did so and just went off and had a nice easy run.
I said to Bill "Why !"
He said " No point in pushing the body when it does not feel right". There is no point in finishing feeling absolutely shattered. We need to be able to finish each workout feeling as though we could have done a little more"
His favourite terminology came in here too "Must be 'Fresh and fast' !"
We went out a few days later and did that time trial. The difference in the way we felt was amazing.
Later I came upon similar situations where workouts were bagged and either picked up later or not done at all.
BUT in all cases the athletes still carried on and ran easily for whatever time they or the Coach felt was necessary.
Once I asked a good mate who had a great year (A 2:14 marathon) and said "What did you learn this year?" he replied "When to ease back or stop"

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