TRIATHLON: He has been plagued by injuries for the past two years, but Brisbane's Dan Wilson is confident a radical new training regime will allow him to make the most of his undoubted potential.
The 27-year-old will make his latest comeback from a lengthy layoff when he lines up in the Caloundra Triathlon on Sunday.
The winner of the event in 2009, he holds high hopes of prevailing again in the demanding format of a 400m swim, 15km cycle and 4km run.
"It's a bit of a hitout to see where I'm at, but I'm also going in expecting to win," he said.
Wilson said he was excited by the prospect of racing for the first time since last September, when he showed just how good he could be by claiming a top-10 finish behind world champion Jonathon Brownlee at a world championship series event in Stockholm.
Wilson was then forced to cut short his European campaign for a second successive year.
"It's been a bit of an on-going drama," he said.
"In 2011 I had knee surgery after crashing my bike and that put me behind the eight ball.
"I was trying to get back to qualify for the Olympics but I pushed it a bit too hard in the rehab, so I ended up having a couple of stress fractures in different spots (pelvis and spine) during 2011 and 2012."
As a result, Wilson has never really been able to get into a groove and his world ranking of 70 belies his ability.
However, a drastic change to his training has provided Wilson with reason to believe 2013 will be more productive.
"I've altered my training as a result of the injuries and I think it is really going to hold me in good stead for the future and I think we can see some real performance improvement," he said.
"I'm excited about the season."
In a break from tradition, Wilson has added short but sharp running sessions to his build-up.
"The injuries I have had stemmed from running, so I've adopted a radical approach," he said.
"I'm working on strength and cutting a lot of the slow 'junk' miles out of my training. It is based around race-pace intensity.
"It's quite a different approach to most triathletes, who usually do a lot of base aerobic miles."
Queensland Academy of Sport running experts have also helped him refine his technique.
"I guess time will tell whether it all works or not, but I'm hoping for the best," he said.
"Things are moving all right this time. Everything seems to be going according to plan and hopefully it will be a smoother season."
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