When you're training over a long period of time for a particular contest or event, it's important to establish a training schedule that includes periodization, or cycles of training.
Let's say you want to be in absolute top form when by the time your big race comes. I recommend incorporating long-term and short-term progressive cycles of training. Your conditioning program should be broken down into phases that focus on various goals during at different times of the year.
The best illustration of this training concept I can think of is Olympic athletes. They're typically not capable of record-breaking performances year round; their training is cyclical, spiraling up to deliver peak performance at the time of their targeted contest.
Both macro and micro cycles are necessary in a physical training program. An athlete's condition will be optimal with periodization. If you use this method, you will properly developed and prepared for top level performance.
I help athletes develop training schedules and ensure they are safely and properly prepared. If you have questions about periodization or you would like to discuss your training and physical development, contact our office to schedule a consultation.