LEG LUBE: T.S. Eliot hit the nail on the head when he said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” And so it goes with training goals, the planted seeds of accomplishment. Turning dreams into solid achievements takes a well thought-out program with training goals to guide you through your course. Goals are the mileposts that mark your progress and give you interim victories to feed your competitive spirit.
Your set of goals and yearly schedule comprises the overall picture of your future achievement, known as the macro cycle of periodization. Your meso and micro cycles will be established by you (and your coach if you have one) based on your competitive schedule. Meso cycles are shorter—up to a few weeks—and contain short-term goals. Micro cycles are shorter yet, maybe a week, which contain your daily training objectives. The suggestions and practices that follow will help you to personalize these more detailed cycles of your plan to take you step by step towards your dream.
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