12/01/2003 - 01/01/2004 01/01/2004 - 02/01/2004 02/01/2004 - 03/01/2004 03/01/2004 - 04/01/2004 04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004 05/01/2004 - 06/01/2004 06/01/2004 - 07/01/2004 07/01/2004 - 08/01/2004 08/01/2004 - 09/01/2004 09/01/2004 - 10/01/2004 10/01/2004 - 11/01/2004 11/01/2004 - 12/01/2004 12/01/2004 - 01/01/2005 01/01/2005 - 02/01/2005 02/01/2005 - 03/01/2005 03/01/2005 - 04/01/2005 04/01/2005 - 05/01/2005 05/01/2005 - 06/01/2005 06/01/2005 - 07/01/2005 07/01/2005 - 08/01/2005 08/01/2005 - 09/01/2005 10/01/2005 - 11/01/2005 11/01/2005 - 12/01/2005 12/01/2005 - 01/01/2006 01/01/2006 - 02/01/2006 02/01/2006 - 03/01/2006 03/01/2006 - 04/01/2006 04/01/2006 - 05/01/2006 05/01/2006 - 06/01/2006 06/01/2006 - 07/01/2006 08/01/2006 - 09/01/2006 11/01/2010 - 12/01/2010
Syndicate this site
You Should Read Every Word They Write:
Wednesday, December 15, 2004(Please forgive the registration requirements for the NY Times and LA Times).
From The New Zealand Herald Monday,
Master athletics coach Arthur Lydiard, who produced two Olympic champions and inspired generations of New Zealanders to run, has died aged 87.Lydiard was the creator of the "LSD" (long slow distance) philosophy of training and influenced millions of runners, professional and amateur, throughout the world.
Lydiard was a rugby player and distance runner as a young man in New Zealand. "After World War II, when he dropped rugby, he started jogging to stay in shape. He eventually trained 100 miles a week and won several New Zealand marathon championships, largely, he said, because no one else trained hard enough. His fastest marathon was 2 hours 39 minutes 5 seconds." (New York Times) He made his mark as one of the premier running coaches ever, though his methods were not at first appreciated. In 1960, two of his athletes, Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, won gold medals at the Rome Olympics (the 800 and 5,000) - Lydiard had to pay to see it happen. "he was given no credentials, not even a free ticket. His athletes had to leave the Olympic Village to talk to him." (NYT)
In 1964 [Tokyo], when seven of New Zealand's nine Olympic runners were his students, he finally received a Games credential. After those Olympics, he essentially stopped coaching individuals and started coaching coaches.Runner's world magazine, "Peter Snell and Sir Murray Halberg are his best-known proteges, but Lydiard also inspired a generation of top New Zealand runners through the late-1960s and 1970s, including Dick Tayler, Rod Dixon, Dick Quax and John Walker." He also influenced the great coaches of our era, (LA Times) "One of his converts was Bill Bowerman, track coach at the University of Oregon and a founder of Nike. Bowerman, who had been a believer in interval training, went to New Zealand in the early 1960s to study Lydiard's methods. He returned to Oregon as a convert, and helped spread Lydiard's jogging [running!!] philosophy in the United States."
Comments: Post a Comment
Add Us To Your Blogroll