people have got softer on the whole ,
but the people who would like to be great , are stil there , but the expert advise they get , is so different .
Just met Mr Magee, thats definetly the impression he gives, the talent has never changed, it can be found anywhere just the methods and advice now is wrong in a lot of cases.
For example a solid weekend training now might be considered a 10k race on saturday and a 30k run on sunday, Barry would do a 35k waitakas run on sat, then 16k moderate sunday morning, then the afternoon 20x400 on 65sec, so 40k total vs 75k difference just in the milege............
I asked about the time off after the season, and Lydiard used to say the body dosent need a rest, but the head does, 2 weeks is all you need to rest the head, but you are allowed to jog
The workload obviously changed throughout the year, but he did say when doing speed work they soon learnt they had to do a morning run to keep the condition on, otherwise they would loose to much stamina
They would also race alot, after 3 weeks of conditioning they would start cross country races on saturdays, so bascially all year around, but the cross country isnt as anaerobic in nature as the courses in NZ are very tough, so the legs would give out first
Lots of good stories and tips