Agreed. I always liked the way it worked in high school in my state. You had the qualifying meet, then a weekend off, then states. This allowed you to plan the whole season as a single progression toward your championship meet. If USAFT ran high school track, I guess we'd have districts on the first day of the season, then we'd have the regular season, then we'd have our state championship at the end of all that with the athletes that had been selected in the beginning-of-season district championships.
While I get that a medal contender shouldn't have to plan a major peak to make the team in some events, why put that speed bump out there? An athlete still has to focus on it and plan around it to some extent. Every athlete has their own ideal training schedule. A meaningful race two months out from the championship likely isn't a part of most such plans.