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 Legendary Coach Arthur Lydiard Dies
Submitted by Rickshaw :: Sun Dec 12, 2004 2:09 pm
Cool Running Australia is reporting that legendary running coach Arthur Lydiard died today. The New Zealand-born Lydiard had been on a speaking tour in the United States since October, and was in Houston to speak at the Sunmart Texas Endurance Run ultra-marathon. According to his mother-in-law, Lydiard died of a suspected heart attack while in his hotel room.

Lydiard was famous for pioneering the periodization techniques that are the basis for most modern training plans, and coached several Olympians. He used himself as a test subject for his 1960's training experiments, developing theories contradictory to the prevailing wisdom of the day. Now widely accepted, his techniques have been adopted by coaches in sports ranging from rugby to rowing, canoeing and swimming.



Rickshaw
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San Francisco, CA
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Re: Legendary Coach Arthur Lydiard Dies Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 7:47 pm 

This may be a bit off topic, but I couldn't help noticing how 87-year-old Lydiard's death was relayed to media by his mother-in-law. She must be a pretty ripe apple herself!

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