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




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

Jets Reserves on course for 10 straight wins

Rugby League

Coach keeps team's success in check

Three racing issues of vital importance

Marburg benefits from key change

Balloons soar for Monique three years after disappearance

THREE years after Monique Clubb went missing - Nikki Duncan, her daughter Ebony and Monique's brother Mickey at Torquay Jetty.

The fight to find Monique hasn’t ended

Latest deals and offers

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Hey Mumma Exercise

Do you think kids these days need more exercise?

Do you think kids these days need more exercise?

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"

Commercial Property June 16 edition

SNAPPED UP: A sushi shop in a106sq mground-floor tenancy with a 43sq moutdoor area in Southport Central Towers on the Gold Coast has sold for $954,000.

RealCommercial edition June 16, 2016.