Also, while some training results, such as strength and power via lifting in the gym, may prepare you, and even better enable you to perform, the actual training means themselves interfere with other important training means more specific to your event. You have to ‘periodize’ those training means out of your training to accomodate more specific training means into your plan.
Take my case, my strength will only now go up if i put on some muscle. Im already as big as i would like to be. I would guess quite a few guys are in the same boat as me.
Why not go right to the more specific things and have much more time to prepare? Would most people break down without the general prep before this?