Long term progress and training for smaller gains is often overlooked by young or inexperienced lifters. Too often people aim for 5 or 10kg gains every training cycle and push their body to their limits in order to meet their goals. This may work in the short-term but you will quickly find yourself getting injured.
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If you try to add 2.5kg to a lift every training cycle and run 4 training cycles every year that’s 30kg on your total in a year and 300kg over 10 years. Some cycles you will add more than 2.5kg and sometimes you won’t but aiming for smaller progress is much more sustainable.
Pushing too hard and focusing on the next competition has lead to me missing over a year of training due to injury. If I hadn’t pushed as hard when I was younger and focused on making progress at a slower rate I would be in a much better position today