The gap is the difference of where you are now in your training and where you need or want to be in your performance. Obviously the wider the gap the farther you have to go. Regardless of the width of the gap the training and preparation is always a process of working to close that gap. It requires constant vigilance so that one component of training does not get out of balance with other components and the necessary work that needs to be done to close the gap. It requires continual honest and realistic assessment on the part of the athlete and the coach to insure that progress is being made to close the gap. All of that being said in my experience it is a constant process of widening and then narrowing the gap.