Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Looking back, thinking ahead

It was three years ago when I came across Mike's blog when searching for information on Arthur Lydiard for an ebook that I had been putting together. I enjoyed checking in on how Mike interpreted and applied the Lydiard system. Looking at his workouts I could tell he was using some of more recently published schedules which at times caused confusion with how they should be carried out. This promoted me to send him a transcription of an original Lydiard talk. A number of emails went back and forth discussing theory and methods which lead to collaborating on training for his next marathon.

First I want to thank Mike for letting me post on his blog and listening to me every few months proclaim that the ebook was almost done. This time though I'll tell everyone that it is almost done, most likely before this fall "The Artistry of Arthur Lydiard, a visual guide to his system" will be available as a free download.

Since it is still almost done I would appreciate any input or questions you might want answered in the book (they can be sent to me: mysterycoach [at] gmail [dot] com). The book is intended to help you see the steps, feel the steps of Lydiard's methods. It is based on much of his original thinking and observations before he had to justify everything to the scientific world.

I'll have a few more announcements over the next few months regarding the ebook and the best one will be: It's done ready for download.


Mark said...

looking forward to the eBook


I'd be interested to read that, I think Arthurs original training programs were the best, the later training programs seemed somewhat watered down to make them acceptable foe the average runner to swallow!
Looking at Peter Snells training it was way beyond what most modern runners would dare to do, yet it was training to this level that was necessary to produce a CHAMPION!
I think running magazines of the last 10 years have produced a generation of runners who only want to do low mileage and are scared of overtraining, magazine headlines of ' run less get faster' come to mind!
Hope you will stick to the true spirit of Arthur Lydiard.
cheers RICK


p.s. I think Arthur wanted the Athlete to think for themselves as far as correct training levels go! And learn a inner feeling for the correct efforts needed for each training session, too many runners rely to heavily on pulse monitors and g.p's when they should be listening and cultivating their inner senses!

Ewen said...

Thanks Mystery Coach. The "visual guide" part has me intrigued. Looking forward to the final announcement.

Love2Run said...

I'll be looking ahead for this when it comes out. Thanks MC!

Dusty said...

I can't think of any questions, but I'm excited to read it. Free download? Really? That was a lot of your time and effort.. doesn't seem right to just take it.

I'm really looking forward to reading it! Congratulations on being so close to your goal of completion!

RUNFREE said...

I'm sorry mystery coach but I don't believe your methods have anything to do with the great Arthur lydiard.
It seems to me you have burned Mike out with mindless anaerobic training, there is little in your training philosophy that has anything to do with the great man.
Who the hell in carnation are you!

Mike said...

RUNFREE, there are plenty of reasons not to blog out there, but in my case being burnt out on too much anaerobic training isn't one of them. Honestly I don't see where I've done even as much as (and certainly not more than) the number of anaerobic sessions in Lydiard's older or more recent schedules (from the last edition of "Running to the Top".

Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion, but I appreciate posters commenting with a level of mutual respect, whether you agree or disagree.

home exchange said...

This sounds like a pretty intresting idea! I for one would like to try some new techniqes. Am all ears! :)

Anonymous said...

mystery coach or whoever is doing the ebook a few questions.

1. Is there a line between quality and quantity of miles?

eg. 100 miles a week at 10 minute pace?
or 70 at 8?

or when building up quantity should the quality be the same?

2. Is it true peter snell did NOT do that hill bounding stuff.

Anonymous said...

1. yes
2. no