I was privileged to have been able to attend a conference in November of 1983 in NJ sponsored by Converse featuring Arthur Lydiard and Peter and Seb Coe. Only about 25 people showed up. All of the speakers abandoned their usual presentations and fielded questions from the audience, who were all true track aficionados. It was interesting because Lydiard's and Coe's approaches were more similar than different. Coe didn't do as much mileage during his base training but he did do a lot. Instead of hills he did a lot of plyometrics. Lydiard's hill phase is not just running up hills, but doing leaps and bounds which are plyometrics in themselves. At the end Coe was asked about his prospects in the coming Olympics. He said that he had just started training, and that he didn't know if he could make it back as he had been pretty sick. Seven months later from my seat in the Olympic stadium in LA, I was pleased to watch this modest young man defend his title and point to the British press that they had been wrong to criticize the British Olympic Committee for allowing him to run the 1500.