Sport

Wilson to make major comeback at Caloundra Triathlon

27/03/10 190235 2010 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup Men's event: Dave Dellow, centre, and Dan Wilson, right. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
27/03/10 190235 2010 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup Men's event: Dave Dellow, centre, and Dan Wilson, right. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily Brett Wortman

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."

Topics:  triathlon




Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

Wild Cherries band

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

Chance to win big in City Pride

PROUD WINNER: John O’Dwyer of Laidley won $2750 gift voucher in last year's City Pride campaign. Will you be a winner this year?

HOW would you like the chance to win $5000?

81-year-old marches for Aboriginal rights, refugees

The grandmother loves music and plays the piano.

VIDEO: Boonah's 'Billie' Jackson tells of her amazing life

Latest deals and offers

Vintaea: Why I left The Bachelor on the first night

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is stalling divorce

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

Wild Cherries band

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The Bachelor host: this year's season is a cracker

The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg.

GUNSBERG says tonight will be "the best night of TV of the year".

Kerri-Anne Kennerley to Sonia Kruger: "Stay brave"

She said her television peer should "stay brave"

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley